San Diego Kitchen of the Year


In one fell swoop, Jackson Design & Remodeling converted a traditional kitchen to a contemporary kitchen and changed out a traditional design for a universal design and in the process dazzled our Kitchens of the Year jury. Juror Lynn Crosby Harland says the Jackson team pursued the clients' desire to incorporate universal design without giving the space a "clinical appearance." Adds juror Renae Farley: "This project was my favorite even before I learned it was created as a universal design. It's a great transformation from traditional to contemporary. The combination of Carrara marble with the glitz of the mosaic backsplash lit from under the martini-glass shelf is eye-catching."

Jackson's clients are a young couple with three children. The husband, a physician who has been in a wheelchair for most of his life, works at home a great deal. But after the family moved in, it became clear quickly that the space did not work well for him. So Jackson was commissioned to not only take steps to make the surroundings more workable for him, but also to make them more beautiful and livable for the entire family.

"The family wanted guests to be unaware that any universal-design elements were used," says Todd Jackson, the design/remodel firm's owner and design consultant. We created a beautiful new environment for the family, with modern lines, interesting textural elements, greatly enhanced functionality and a design that embraces the majestic nature right outside their living area.

"The family loves to entertain and now has ample space to do so in comfort and style. Our strategy embraced the essential principles of universal design, providing the same means of use for people with diverse abilities, flexibility of use, simple and intuitive design, perceptible information, tolerance for error, low physical effort, and size and space for approachable use."

Top: Jackson Design & Remodeling converted a traditional interior into this handsome contemporary design. The bar was lowered to a standard table height and designed to provide seating for the entire family. Both ends of the bar can accommodate a wheelchair.

Bottom left: Generous space between island and ovens and fridge is one strategy of universal design.

Bottom right: The glistening glass-tile backsplash makes a stunning statement.


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