As experts in their field, Jackson Design and Remodeling professionals are often called upon by the media to lend insight about topics and trends in remodeling. We are happy to share a sampling of our media appearances and mentions with you here.
There is something about beach homes that inspire peace and tranquility in their owners. Whether in southern Florida or on the coast of New England, the style usually reflects the home’s proximity to the ocean. For one couple’s house in Del Mar, Calif., the dark and dated design made the sea feel far away.
“Since this is the clients’ vacation home, they wanted a much lighter, more modern design with an open layout that reflected the spirit of the nearby ocean,” said Tatiana Machado-Rosas, senior interior designer at Jackson Design and Remodeling in San Diego. “They wanted a clean, sleek and light-filled home with innovative storage options.”
Before the redesign, the kitchen felt closed off from the ocean view and the rest of the house. Instead, the clients wanted a more open and functional kitchen with a decent amount of counter space and storage, including a large pantry. Since they use the home for entertaining, the clients also needed an area for bar stools at the peninsula, an icemaker and a liquor cabinet.
“The first challenge was making a layout that enlarged space within the existing structural components while allowing for differences in ceiling heights,” said Machado-Rosas. “To do this, we relocated a powder room and a bar area and created a hallway that allowed us to extend the kitchen peninsula.”
Using 2020 for 3D plans and AutoCAD to design cabinetry, the team reworked both the powder room and the adjacent laundry room to keep the kitchen layout more open. The kitchen itself was expanded toward the back doors, allowing for a pantry. These significant structural changes helped create one great room.
“Once isolated from the rest of the home, the kitchen now takes in the dining and living spaces,” said the designer, adding that the sink was reoriented to look out over the view. “Color choices and textures throughout integrate the kitchen, dining and living areas into one unified space for a soothing and relaxed beach home attitude.”
Echoing the Sea
This casual vibe starts with the flooring, which is a porcelain tile designed to look like weathered wood. The flooring is also easy to maintain in a home where people come in often in sandy feet.
“The clients have grandchildren, so they also wanted an easy-to-clean option,” said Machado-Rosas.
The designer chose a laminate for the cabinets that also looks like wood, giving clients the durability they wanted along with a natural texture. On the bottom cabinets, a sleek white laminate with aluminum trim contrasts with the warm wood of the lower cabinetry while adding a modern touch to the kitchen. A marble backsplash in a hexagonal pattern continues the contemporary feel of the space.
“The clients love marble, and the backsplash was an intriguing place to experiment with a creative pattern amidst the overall simplicity of the design,” said Machado-Rosas.
Catering to Height
Like the kitchen, the master bath still sported a 1970s design. The shower and the tub were using up unnecessary space, plus the clients never used the tub. Finally, the vanity mirror was unusually low, and the clients were taller than average.
After the tub was removed, the vanity was expanded. Since the home was part of a homeowner’s association, the small windows above the vanity could not be changed. The design team instead created a pony wall behind the vanity, which allowed them to install medicine cabinets with mirrors that easily slide up and down.
“This adjustable design allows for viewing at different heights, while the double mirrors enhance the light in the room,” said the designer.
Although the issue with the mirrors was solved, it was still challenging to make the bathroom brighter with only two small windows. Along with raising the ceiling, the team experimented with the best colors and materials to make the bathroom lighter. The result is a blend of crème and gray porcelain tiles, including a mosaic of natural stone and glass above the shower.
“It was very rewarding to solve the challenge of creating the space the clients desired by inventing space-planning solutions,” said Machado-Rosas. “It’s always the most satisfying when we design a room that makes our clients happy and makes their lifestyle feel more comfortable and energized.”
Even in sunny San Diego, the charm of a mountain cabin can be irresistible. For one family living in Solana Beach, Calif., the blonde cedar covering their home’s interior was a winner, but the inefficient layout needed to go.
“The wife cooks three meals a day in her kitchen and is an avid baker, making the layout and functionality of the new kitchen paramount,” said designer Tatiana Machado-Rosas of San Diego-based Jackson Design and Remodeling.
Built in 1972, the home had the cabin-like interior the family was drawn to, but along with hosting daily homemade meals for a large family, the kitchen needed to work well for entertaining, particularly outside.
“It was important to create a kitchen the owner would feel proud of while entertaining but would seamlessly blend and almost disappear in the living space,” explained Machado-Rosas, adding that the clients primarily wanted to update the kitchen’s look and the appliances while adding storage.
The former kitchen also had an awkward layout the clients wanted to rework. The refrigerator was inconveniently far from the working surfaces, and the ill-defined, dark entryway to the home opened abruptly into the kitchen. A cedar wall between the dining area and living area also made the kitchen even darker and separated the home into several cramped areas.
Changing the Layout
Using 20/20 software to create a 3D rendering, the design team set out to renew the space. The first step in redesigning the floor plan was removing siding from the entryway and replacing it with a crÃ¨me-painted wall and a Dutch mahogany door. A beam trellis above the door now defines the entryway and leads directly from the front door to a pair of French doors, which open to the outside.
Inside the kitchen itself, the layout was streamlined for the busy cook; she can now move easily from the refrigerator to the island and to the sink and stove without maneuvering around unnecessary space. The new island across from the working area is larger than its predecessor and is outfitted with a prep sink and extra storage.
The siding was also removed from the nearby cedar wall, which became an open, wood-framed doorway into the dining room. This touch visually integrates the dining space with the rest of the house while bringing more natural light into the cabin-like space.
Working with Cedar
“The clients love the feel of a great cabin in the mountains â€“ despite the fact their home is located in a beach community,” said Machado-Rosas, explaining that the clients were attached to the cedar and wanted to keep as much of it as possible in the new design. “With the existing cedar and the desire for a rustic, cabin feel being so important to the homeowners, preserving the cedar was as essential as the selection of the wood for the cabinetry, which needed to blend seamlessly.”
The siding taken from the entryway and dividing wall was put back into the kitchen when the cabinets were replaced and rearranged. The cabinetry itself is a natural cherry, which seems to disappear into the space behind it. The island, however, is made of a warm, gray-stained cherry for a pop of cool tones.
“The challenge was trying to not overdo it while keeping as much of the existing cedar as possible,” said the designer, explaining that additional cedar was brought in and meticulously sanded down and stained to match the tone of the original cedar wood.
With the new cabinetry established, storage was added near the refrigerator by borrowing space from an existing but little-used closet. Pullout shelving and sliding cabinet doors make finding and accessing staples simpler in the cedar kitchen.
The cedar might have been old, but the new countertops, backsplashes and appliances â€“ particularly the massive hood â€“ were not.
“The husband is more contemporary and wanted something more masculine in the space,” said Machado-Rosas. “We really liked the juxtaposition of the very sleek range with the rest of the kitchen. The stainless steel backsplash is now a focal point in the new space.”
A subtle glass mosaic tile is on either side of the hood. With its matte finish, the tile blends well with and adds texture to the space. The gray concrete countertops â€“ poured into place â€“ also have a texture that works well with the aesthetic. An apron-front, farm-style sink finishes off the look with rustic charm.
“The new kitchen retains the elements that first made the couple fall in love with the home while aligning the design with the modern-day demands of an active and gregarious clan,” added the designer.
Designer: Tatiana Machado Rosas and Alison Green, Jackson Design and Remodeling/li>
Having expertise is essential to a showroom business, but seizing an opportunity before potential leads are lost is key to having a long-lasting trade. Todd Jackson, president and CEO of San Diego-based Jackson Design and Remodeling (JDR), found his company in such a situation recently and saw a chance to expand his showroom and reach more clients.
“I decided to launch Home Expressions after several years of hearing from local homeowners who wanted to work with JDR but had a project different from the company’s high-concept structural and architectural focus,” explained Jackson, who added that from the 1,500 leads JDR received yearly, 600 were being referred elsewhere. “Establishing Home Expressions is a strategic solution that allows JDR to increase overall volume and remain adaptable in any economic environment while serving even more clients with solutions that make sense for their budgets.”
Before Home Expressions – the extension of JDR – was founded, the design-build remodeling company focused on home remodeling, additions, outdoor living spaces and other high-concept home ideas. Home Expressions focuses on remodeling projects with no structural changes or architecture needed, enabling the company to keep this smaller business at the firm. While the idea for the second showroom was still forming, however, Jackson had to decide how and where two showrooms under the same company would work.
“My decision to start a new company relied on the location and proximity to the JDR office. The prospect of running two major businesses 30 or more minutes away from each other seemed unappealing and ineffective,” he said, adding that there was an opportunity to purchase a similar company along the way, but that would have meant taking on a new culture and process. “Then, in a sudden turn of events that truly expresses, ‘timing is everything,’ a property became available right next door to the Jackson Design and Remodeling Design Center.”
The next-door space is 9,000 square feet, and when Home Expressions moved in, it was redesigned with 3,000 square feet dedicated to office space and 6,000 dedicated to display space. There is also a 2,000-sq.-ft. exterior space with selections for outdoor living materials. ??
Inside, the traditional showroom format is meant to be also an interactive, all-inclusive environment for clients to explore and be guided through choices for more than 80 percent of the selections for their remodel.
“With hundreds of materials, finishes and examples on display, visitors can easily see, touch and experience in one place all the styles, materials, textures, finishes and accessories that will help the design of their home express their individuality,” said Jackson.
The layout of the selection center is meant to make clients feel like there is something new around every corner. Products are displayed to give the idea that there is an infinite number of choices, but all the sources are from carefully selected suppliers.
“We give people the excitement and freedom of a wide and inspiring selection while controlling our sales and ordering process,” he added.
It was a challenge to create the experience of multitudes of choices for clients, and the company made a significant investment in the center for this reason. Several vendors supplemented the overall costs by contributing materials, also helping strengthen the relationship JDR has with them.
All of these collaborations culminated in multiple vignettes for kitchens, bathrooms and specialty areas of the home. Each vignette was carefully designed to show not just the different styles but also different price points; the three full kitchen vignettes display three different budgets ranging from $65,000 to $135,000.
“Vignettes help people see how their ideas may look ‘in real life’ and often spark new ways of thinking about their homes,” said Jackson. “Our displays and display walls were designed – often in collaboration with partners – to make it simple for clients to visualize the many selections for each design decision, helping to both clarify and expand upon the possibilities for their homes.”
Starting with Reputation
Jackson prides himself on his experience and his company’s good long-standing relationship in the San Diego community. He entered the remodeling business at 20, became a licensed contractor at 23 and built his first addition at 24. After starting JDR in 1989, the company has served several thousand clients in the area.
“Because of our reputation in the community, clients know they can trust a company founded by us,” said Jackson.
The new showroom recently invited hundreds of San Diegans to an open house. It also hosts free monthly design and remodeling seminars, giving the team an opportunity to introduce the Home Expressions Selection Center to potential clients while educating them on what they should know about remodels.
“Now our ability to serve a diversity of clients is essential to what makes us different,” said Jackson. “Now that we have both Jackson Design and Remodeling and Home Expressions, we can handle almost any remodeling project for a client, no matter the size and type.”
Designer: Todd Jackson, Jackson Design and Remodeling
Jackson Design & Remodeling launches Home Expressions by JDR
Company to host June 18 Open House with ‘Flipping Out’ star Jeff Lewis and jazz legend Gilbert Castellanos
By Jackson Design and Remodeling, June 9, 2016
Home Expressions by Jackson Design and Remodeling is the latest innovation from Todd Jackson, President and CEO of Jackson Design and Remodeling (JDR), who has built his business as an industry game changer since 1989. Jackson Design and Remodeling is a design build remodeling company with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals that focuses on whole home remodeling, additions, outdoor living spaces, and other high concept designs for the home.
Jackson decided to launch Home Expressions after several years of hearing from San Diegans who wanted to work with JDR but had a project different from the company’s high concept structural and architectural focus. Home Expressions specializes in remodeling projects with no structural changes or architecture needed. With the 9,000 sq. ft. Home Expressions Selection Center now right next door to the Jackson Design and Remodeling headquarters, the two companies can handle almost any remodeling project for a client, no matter the size and type.
At the Home Expressions Selection Center, visitors can easily see, touch, and experience hundreds of choices in cabinetry, countertops, flooring, windows, doors, mirrors, lighting, fixtures, plumbing, accessories, finishes, interior and exterior stone, solar options and much more. Professional designers are on-site to offer expertise, ideas and guidance. The number of choices the Selection Center offers is unusually expansive, with vignettes, displays, display boards, and more, all designed in an environment that feels easy to understand, welcoming, and stimulating.
Home Expressions by Jackson Design and Remodeling celebrates its launch with an Open House on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Home Expressions Selection Center in Kearny Mesa. Jeff Lewis, star of Bravo TV’s hit reality show “Flipping Out,” will be on hand to meet fans from 1-3 p.m. Guests will also enjoy a special performance by legendary jazz musician Gilbert Castellanos along with food and a champagne toast. The event is open to the public, but guests are required to RSVP on the Home Expressions website or by calling(858) 384-4196.
To learn more about Home Expressions by Jackson Design and Remodeling, 8135 Ronson Road, San Diego, and to RSVP for the June 18 open house, visit HomeExpressionsbyJDR.com
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Inside a dim and closed-off kitchen space, a good exterior view can sometimes get lost. This was the case for one single-story gable home, which still sported a 1960s design and felt detached from its sweeping views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
“It was hard to tell there was a gorgeous view just outside,” said designer Sol Quintana Wagoner of San Diego, Calif.-based Jackson Design and Remodeling, who worked in collaboration with Liz Carter, John Kavan and Karina Kmiotek on the design. “The 1960s home had many appealing architectural elements typical of mid-century modern architecture, but the home’s compartmentalized layout was dark and separated from its environment.”
The original floor plan included a galley-style layout with a slide-out door onto the patio. Outdated appliances, hardware and cabinetry outfitted the design, with the only positive components being tongue-and-groove ceilings and exposed beams.
With mid-century modern back in style, the design team wanted to play up some of those original ideas in a contemporary setting that connected with the outdoor view. Elements they focused on emphasizing were linear shapes, wooden architectural materials and an airy space. For the clients, the priorities were also to make the home’s location and panoramic views central in the design.
“The family is expanding to include grandchildren, and they wanted to embrace indoor/outdoor living in a space they could open to friends and family,” said Wagoner. “It was also important to them to retain the original mid-century modern spirit of the home in the new design.”
Problem-Solving by Looking Outward
According to the designer, the biggest challenge was dealing with the existing structural components – including promising high ceilings – while trying to instill sight lines, balance in the interiors and interest on the exterior.
“To resolve this, we created a focal point [through the main window] that runs through the front door out to the back, bringing attention to a stunning view,” he said, explaining that the new floor plan removed the barriers between the front door, living space and kitchen to create a continuous space.
With the newly opened space, the high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows make the view the focus from the front door even before fully entering the kitchen. Once the window was in place, a tree in the rear yard was perfectly centered for a focal point and helped draw sightlines outward.
“From the direction of the flooring, to the grain on the cabinets and the long horizontal cabinet handles and backsplash tiles, everything was designed in a linear direction to deliberately lead the eye to the view outside,” said Wagoner.
Difference in the Details
The birch-colored cabinetry with brushed nickel hardware boasts strong horizontal lines that point to the view. The light cabinetry was selected to maintain an open feeling, while a soffit built along the perimeter of the kitchen conceals appliances and brings human scale to the space while retaining the room’s expansiveness. To connect the white and gray palette to the outdoors, the tile mosaic backsplash uses shades of green, blue and brown, and its iridescent textures echo the nearby ocean.
At the heart of the kitchen, a large island topped with a single piece of quartz visually anchors the entire space. With a 2-1/4-in. detail around the edge, the island and its four-seat bar become a furniture-like statement in the space. The gray, horizontal grain cabinetry mimics the pale perimeter cabinets but has a more distinct, wider pattern. Above the island are two bold chandeliers designed by Rico Spinet for Robert Abbey that mix a rustic and mid-century modern style.
“I discovered the bold chandeliers some time ago and waited for the perfect home to feature them in,” said Wagoner, pointing out that the mid-century modern-inspired pendants were unconventionally placed over the dining room table and the chandeliers over the island for a deconstructed feel. “Architectural elements of the home, such as the windows and doors, are dark bronze, and we repeat this concept in almost all of the lighting throughout the house – treating the lighting as an element of the architecture rather than simply using it as a light source.”
The existing tongue-and-groove ceilings were painted white and the exposed beams gray to create contrast and include wood in the design. Windows and doors were painted with a black trim to make them more prominent as architectural elements against the huge windows.
“We love how the design takes advantage of the location’s incredible views and keeps its mid-century modern soul,” said Wagoner. “The materials were carefully considered with subtleties that may be invisible to the naked eye but are unconsciously recognized, directing the eye to focus on the view of the natural surroundings.”