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True Blue Surroundings: Celebrating the Color Blue in Your Whole Home Remodel

August 14th, 2015
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raynesbathColor is a powerful element of design that can subtly or boldly influence the feeling of your whole home remodel. Blue is the most universally loved color and one of the most popular colors for home design. Next to neutrals, blue is one of the easiest colors to use in your home because of its myriad of appealing variations and a good place to start if you want to experiment with color. Here are some ideas for using blue in your whole home remodel:

waltonColor and Mood
Color changes the mood of a space like almost nothing else. Warm blues, such as ocean or slate, have hints of red and work best in social spaces where you want a feeling of coziness. Cool blues, such as turquoise or sky, have hints of yellow and
make rooms seem larger and more serene.

Space and Light
The first step in deciding how to use blue in a room is thinking about how and when you will most often use the space. For a bedroom, calming shades of blue inspired by nature make sense. For the bathroom, crisp hues of blue contrasted with white convey a clean feeling. In a dining area, a rich shade of navy establishes classic intimacy. The time of day you’ll most williambacksplashoften be spending in a space is important, too, as color is dramatically affected by natural light. A professional designer can help you explore your many options to find what’s right for your home.

How and Where
When experimenting with color a good rule of thumb is to start small. Try a bold accent wall in your favorite shade of blue, a striking backsplash in the kitchen, or explore blue by using interesting accent pieces. The bathroom is often a fun place to explore color, too, especially shades of blue!

Working with a team of professional designers, your imagination will be inspired by the many possibilities for your home. When you’re interested in learning more about color or any other topic for your whole home remodel, a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals guides you through the process with expertise and enthusiasm.

Warm up Summer Evenings: Add a Fire Pit to Your Outdoor Living Space

August 10th, 2015
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meyerfireNo matter how hot the day, evenings in California usually get a little cool. A fire pit in your outdoor living space extends the time you can enjoy relaxing and entertaining after the sun goes down. Fire pits bring the time-honored ritual of gathering around the fire together to the modern home environment. Here are some ideas when you’re considering a fire pit for your backyard:

Permanent fire pits are typically made of stone, clay, or brick and burn wood, gas or propane. Your design can be as individual as any other part of your home with a style to complement décor from traditional to ultra modern.

Fire pits designed with a stylish cover can do double duty as a table when the fire is not burning. Wonderful centerpieces for outdoor entertaining, fire pits are also cozy additions to your space for simple relaxation time. You can also cook on a firepit, anything from toasted marshmallows to full meals, depending on the fire pit type and design.williamsfire

You’ll want to check any regulations in your community about the use of a fire pit and restrictions about the type. Since safety is essential in the design of your fire pit, working with a professional team for planning, design and installation is ideal.

Gathering around a fire pit has a captivating appeal and adds practical functionality to your outdoor living space. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can explore the many possibilities and find the perfect fire pit to heat up your backyard design!

Mix it Up: Combining Design Concepts Creates Timeless Style in Your Whole Home Remodel

July 31st, 2015
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williamsliving2Whether you’re inspired by Mid-Century Modern, Traditional, Contemporary, or Transitional design, exploring ways to mix elements of style will establish a timeless appeal in your whole home remodel. Mixing design styles is a skill that takes knowledge and practice. Your home should have a central focus and it’s important not to add so many different styles that the cohesiveness of the design is lost. Professional designers are invaluable during the process. Here are some helpful strategies for combining design styles:

Mix Old and New
Choose pieces of modern furniture for a traditional interior or antique pieces for an ultra-modern space to create a compelling and unique visual energy in your home. Mid-Century Modern furniture in traditional rooms and vintage lighting in modern spaces are two popular examples of this strategy. ahernkitchenRestraint is essential when mixing old and new to avoid a jumbled look; start slowly and see how each piece changes the feeling of your space.

Contrast Colors and Textures
Exploring colors and materials is a safe way to see effects without a major investment. Mix rustic and shiny surfaces, bright and muted tones, soft and hard materials for visual interest. Stick with an overall neutral tone in your home to make it easier to experiment with mixing styles and techniques in the accent pieces.

Use and 80/20 Rule
One style should be primary or the overall visual effect will be confusing. Use to 80/20 rule: 80% of the room in one style, and 20% a mix of others.

millerkitchenWhen planning the design of your whole home remodel, our professional designers reject a standard approach in favor of finding imaginative ways to express your personal vision. Mixing styles is a creative process that’s less intimidating and more fun with the help of a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals who offer extensive knowledge and resources. Mix it up with confidence to achieve a whole home remodel that will be a truly unique expression of your personal taste!

Big Ideas in Small Spaces: 3 Ways to Make Your Powder Room or Small Bath Memorable

July 24th, 2015
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16_7906415_63319_bpo-63319-116Is your powder room ready for company? As the room most often seen by guests, our powder rooms and small bathrooms deserve the 54_4294484_33591-154same design attention we give the rest of our homes during a whole home remodel. Because of their limited space, it’s exciting to experiment with unusual materials and colors in your small bathroom. Here are three ways your powder room or small bathroom can make an impression:

Maximize Materials
A dramatic and luxurious material that might not be practical in a larger bathroom can make perfect sense for your small space. The details of materials are more closely appreciated in a small room. The amazing tile wall and floor in this bath shown above was meticulously custom designed with an intricate gradient of colors to evoke a sunlit ocean wave washing into the room.

Go Bold with Color
A small space gives you the freedom to experiment with colors you may be cautious about in other areas of your home. The rich chocolate brown and mocha in the sleek powder room above right are memorably luxurious in both tone and texture.

Light and Decorate for Drama
This is a room where the main goal is to make an impression! Mirrors with unusual shapes work perfectly in the powder room. Lighting chosen for 3_5457834_42255_03effect rather than function finds its proper home here, too. The gold leaf lighting in this glittering bath is designed on a cable system with weights to adjust the height, a functional solution with Asian roots.

Working with a professional design team you can discover your most exciting options for design in your small bath or powder room. Take your imagination to the limits and you’ll be inspired to invite guests over to see your new space!


Bright Ideas for Kitchen Lighting in Your Whole Home Remodel

July 17th, 2015
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hermosaThe lighting in your kitchen design is essential to how your space functions and feels. A professional designer approaches lighting in layers, from task-oriented lighting to accent, decorative and ambient lighting. Subtle variations in these layers make a dramatic overall impression. Consider the following as you explore the possibilities for kitchen lighting in your whole home remodel:

Which areas of your kitchen will you use the most and how will you spend time there? If you plan to entertain around your kitchen island, glowing pendants in artistic shapes provide a flattering light that attracts people and encourages lingering. When prepping meals in a countertop space, you’ll want directed task lighting with the priority on clarity and reach. If you have collectibles to showcase, cabinetry lighting performs that task in a variety of ways. Giving thoughtful consideration to how you will use and enjoy your kitchen is the most important aspect of the planning stage.

Particularly in open floor plans, think about how the kitchen lighting reflects the style in the rest of your home. Kitchen lights don’t have to be limited to what we think of as “kitchen-like.” It’s exciting to mix styles, colors and materials. Lighting should both make a statement and work within the overall style of your home.

Decorative lighting in particular is a place to explore creativity with exaggerated scale. An extra large glamorous chandelier or a series of prominent pendants in an unusual shape brings exciting visual interest to the room. Balancing statement pieces with smaller ones will bring an engaging sense of hinrichdepth to your kitchen.

Lighting is a complex design decision made easier with the help of a professional design team. Whether your home is historic, Mid-Century Modern, Spanish, Contemporary or some combination of styles, the right lighting emphasizes the beauty and functionality of your whole home remodel.


Marvelous Marble: Classic Material Lends Timeless Style to Your Whole Home Remodel

July 10th, 2015
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marblestoveMarble has been an element in home design for decades, a classic material that never goes out of style. Is marble right for your whole home remodel? If you respond to its timeless beauty and don’t mind a little extra care and maintenance, the answer is probably yes! A professional designer can help you decide how and where to use marble in your home:

Marble Has Character
Every slab of marble is a one-of-a-kind piece from nature with its own rich texture of veins and color. Marble will marblebathdevelop a patina over time and shows its history by retaining some scratches and stains through the years. The sense of character marble adds to a space is one of the distinguishing characteristics that people who love marble find so attractive.

Finish Makes a Difference
Marble is available in a variety of finishes that affect the overall look and feel of the finished piece. A honed or matte finish gives the marble a satiny-smooth feel that hides scratches but is more susceptible to staining; a polished finish gives marble a glossiness that emphasizes the details in a slab but can be somewhat harder to clean; a leather finish is soft and unreflective, making it a good choice for hiding imperfections, especially on darker marbles.

laundrymarbleNot Just for Countertops
One of the ways to bring the elegance of marble into your space with less concern about maintenance is using the material in places other than countertops. Marble backsplashes and trim convey beautiful design while requiring less daily maintenance. If you do decide to go with marble countertops, maintenance simply requires conscientious wiping up of spills as they occur and being cautious about cleaning agents.

Marble really is a marvelous way to add lasting appeal to your whole home remodel. It’s also exceptionally versatile, at home in traditional, rustic, modern or contemporary designs. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can explore how best to use this timeless material to express your own personal vision.

Earth-Friendly Living: Green Building and Solar Energy in Your Whole Home Remodel

June 26th, 2015
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herminIf you are planning a whole home remodel, you may be considering ways to make your home more sustainable and energy efficient. The appeal of green homes has been steadily trending over the past several years and looks strong for the future: the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports that 84% of Millennials are willing to spend more for an energy-efficient home. Green remodeling and solar energy can contribute to a healthier environment, reduce your energy costs, and add to the resale value of your home. When you are planning your whole home remodel, consider these factors for making your home more green, inside and out.

hermoutSolar Energy
Jackson Design and Remodeling was one of the first businesses in San Diego to retrofit our own building when we installed 175 solar panels on the roof of our Design Center and Showroom and we have years of experience in helping homeowners incorporate solar energy in their whole home remodels. The benefits of solar energy include:

  • Constantly renewable and reliable
  • Very low maintenance
  • Significant energy savings

Green Remodeling Ideas – Interior:

  • Low flow toilet and shower heads
  • High efficiency light fixtures, such as dimmer switches, LED lighting and motion sensors
  • Low VOC paint, non-toxic carpeting and non-toxic glues
  • Energy efficient heating, air conditioning and air quality systems

Green Remodeling Ideas – Exterior:

  • Solar powered exterior landscape lighting
  • Energy efficient windows
  • Solar panels on roof
  • Water collection system

Read many more green remodeling ideas here.

Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can determine the most effective and desirable ways to invest in making your living space more sustainable and healthy. Several members of the Jackson Design and Remodeling team are Green Certified Professionals who are uniquely qualified to help you explore the ways green remodeling and solar energy make sense for your home and lifestyle.

The Man Cave Transformed: Celebrating Father’s Day with a Space for Dad in Your Whole Home Remodel

June 19th, 2015
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PoolRoomWith the arrival of Father’s Day this weekend, we’re taking a look at how the traditional “man cave” has been reimagined. When you are planning a whole home remodel, it’s essential to consider not just how you want your home to look but also how you want your home to work. For Dads who desire a space to call their own in a whole home remodel, our professional design team starts by establishing a thorough understanding of how the space will be used and how it needs to integrate with the surroundings both visually and functionally.

Space for Fun
This game room and bar area is an ideal space for Dads who enjoy entertaining groups of friends. Cork tile Barwalls surrounding the pool table give the space intriguing textural detail and are sound absorbent. The adjacent bar area features an impressive centerpiece created from horizontal bamboo with a vanilla onyx slab countertop. Italian light fixtures with red-orange hues set a convivial mood while practical essentials like a beer tap, wine cooler, sink and generously sized refrigerator make entertaining friends a breeze.

GentlemensRoomSpace for Quiet
A dream space for Dads who want a quiet and stylish retreat at home, this gentleman’s room in a 100-year old Tudor-style home was built with devoted attention to period detail. An existing guest room was transformed into a room for the gentleman of the house to store, appreciate and care for his collection of guns and other treasured objects.

GarageSpace to Create
Proving the garage can be used for more than tools and woodworking, this creative work area is defined by an edgy urban scene from the Brooklyn Bridge recreated in custom digital wallpaper. Used for additional living and storage space rather than for cars, the garage in this beachside home is outfitted with sturdy vinyl flooring with the appearance of wood.

Every Dad can create his ideal personal space at home with the help of thoughtful design that approaches a whole home remodel from the perspective of both form and function. We wish all Dads their own version of a man cave and a very Happy Father’s Day this Sunday!

Welcome Home: Curb Appeal for Your Whole Home Remodel

June 12th, 2015
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taussigCurb appeal is an essential element of a successful whole home remodel. From the design of your front door to the sustainable, drought-conscious greenery you choose for plantings, how your home looks and functions on the outside should reflect the beauty within.

Here are some ideas to bring curb appeal to your whole home remodel:

Welcoming Front Door
A front door with a distinctive style is one of the first elements your guests will notice about your home. An inviting front door can be achieved with unusual scale or color, eye-catching woods, or windows in unusual shapes or placements. Details such as whimsical address numbers and interesting hardware are inspired ways to experiment.

hermosasideInteresting Materials
When selecting exterior surfaces and colors, a professional designer makes choices that reflect a sense of place, your personal tastes, and practical considerations for long lasting quality. The most appealing exterior designs have visual continuity with the interior for a cohesive look and feel.

Sustainable, Drought-conscious Greenery
For San Diego homes, drought tolerant landscaping is of primary concern today. Designing your outdoor space with native plants is a practical and visually appealing choice, while finding the right balance between plantings and pavers or other design elements is critical to arriving at a space that uses water kunbergerresponsibly. With thoughtful planning, you can enjoy landscaping that is functional, beautiful, easy to maintain, and respectful of our natural resources.

Curb appeal adds enduring value and enjoyment to your whole home remodel. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can explore exciting ways to make the entrance to your home as beautiful as its interior.

Designing with Decorative Art in Your Whole Home Remodel

June 5th, 2015
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perrykitchenFilling your home with favorite works of art and treasured collectibles makes your space more beautiful and more personal. Art brings life to your home and is a starting point for conversation or quiet reflection. Our professional designers work with you to explore how best to incorporate art into your whole home remodel.

Art as Inspiration
The young couple who own the mid-century modern home with stunning water views (above) asked us to base the color palette of their remodel on the first piece of art they purchased for their baby daughter. They knew they wanted a vibrant, unexpected space for their young family and the colors of the home now reflect their family bond. When you’re embarking on your remodel and looking for inspiration, your favorite works of art are a natural place to begin.

westlakeArt as Centerpiece
For the European family building their dream home in La Jolla, the new brick fireplace in the family room was specifically designed in a scale that would work to display one of their favorite paintings. Selecting a focal point for a room is one of the first steps in creating a memorable, individual style and art is one of the most appealing centerpieces you can choose.

lyoncouchArt as Reflection
The art throughout this seaside condo is an abstract reflection of the stunning natural surroundings, composed in shades of ocean blue and sand. Sometimes the best choice for your whole home remodel is custom art, specifically created for the environment and the design of your home.

Living with art makes every day more pleasurable and adds sophistication and elegance to your home. Working with our team of professional designers, your space can express your unique personality in your whole home remodel through works of art in ways you may not have imagined!