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.

San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune
April 2015
Remodeled bath is relaxing retreat

Remodeled bath is relaxing retreat

Shower, tub enhanced, updated within limits of existing room space

By Todd Jackson, Special to the U-T, Posted 7:46 p.m. April 3, 2015

Cedar Kitchen Island

Moving the toilet off to the right allowed expanding the shower and tub fixtures in this remodel. Jackson Design and Remodeling

Our team worked with the homeowners of a Rancho Peñasquitos home to transform their out-of-date bathroom into a bright, spalike retreat.

The existing bathroom was bland and outdated and featured an awkward layout. The original tub and shower were cramped in a dark corner of the bathroom. The shower was a small standard box with no feeling of luxury or style. Because we had to keep the same overall footprint and couldn’t enlarge the space allocated for the bathroom, space planning was an essential element in creating the new master bathroom.

Our team strategized to develop the best approach to the layout and decided to move the toilet area, expanding the shower into its former space. By adding a pony wall to the side of the shower, we were able to tuck the toilet area into a cozy and private alcove. To incorporate our clients’ desire for a spalike experience, we selected a heated toilet with a bidet function.

The roomy new shower and tub are carefully positioned in the space for a clean, modern presentation. Viewed from the shower or the tub, the room is peaceful and full of light. Clean, straight lines are paramount. A new, modern, white quartz tub was under-mounted to align cleanly with the cabinetry. Innovative placement allowed for a significantly larger tub than in the original bathroom. A wall of gray porcelain 12-by-24-inch textured tile delineates the space, while a new window treatment lets natural light flood into the room.

For the cabinetry, we chose bamboo with a reddish stain to convey an elegant feel. We also added a vanity area providing ample storage with easy access to extra towels, emphasizing the home spa feel. The color palette of subdued grays and clean white was selected to fortify a sense of calm retreat.

A trough sink was our team’s solution to fitting two sinks into a limited space. At 48 inches long, the sink provides plenty of room for sharing while keeping a low visual profile. Simple modern fixtures underline the serene mood of the room.

The bathroom floor is Italian Ergon engineered stone, noted for its resemblance to wood flooring while also being a green-friendly material.

With cool neutral colors and natural light filling the space, this new master bath is the perfect place for homeowners to leave their worries and stress at the door.

Todd Jackson is the Founder and CEO of Jackson Design and Remodeling. He can be reached at (619) 442-6125,,

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San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune
January 2015
Kensington Kitchen Gets Fresh Look

Kensington Kitchen Gets Fresh Look

By Tatiana Machado-Rosas, Special to the U-T, Posted 5:53 p.m. January 29, 2015

Cedar Kitchen Island

The sink area has a black-and-white-patterned backsplash and crown molding. Jackson Design and Remodeling

As the new year gets under way, many San Diegans are inspired to refresh their homes and finally begin planning that long-overdue remodeling project. Kitchens are at the top of the list for many homeowners with open, inviting spaces that suit entertaining, one of the big, continuing trends for 2015.

With a historical home that’s more than 90 years old, our clients were more than ready for a kitchen remodel. They desperately needed a more practical kitchen with improved functionality and plenty of space for family gatherings.

Our design team created a plan to significantly transform the kitchen, while still maintaining the character of the home. We began the transformation by removing two walls to create an expansive space encompassing the kitchen and dining areas. To retain the historical feel of the home, the existing oak wood floor in the dining area was duplicated and continued into the kitchen for visual continuity.

White cabinetry throughout the new kitchen provides a plethora of organized storage options and conceals all the major appliances for a clean, uncluttered appearance. A panel inset on the peninsula unifies it with the home’s existing wainscoting, making the peninsula seem as if it has always been in the home.

New windows looking out on the historic neighborhood considerably brightened the sink area, framed by the bold accent of a black-and-white-patterned backsplash and meticulous crown molding emphasizing the home’s history.

Cedar Kitchen Island

The sink area has a black-and-white-patterned backsplash and crown molding. – Jackson Design and Remodeling

We wanted the new space to have a central focal point, so we chose a stunning custom-built stainless-steel black hood to place above the large, white peninsula. A niche above the peninsula provides functional storage of cooking essentials and a decorative note of visual interest. The black-and-white theme is repeated throughout the room, particularly in the concrete backsplash.

The dining room comfortably seats several guests, who can easily interact with other guests and their hosts in the kitchen. The design fuses classic, vintage-inspired elements with the modernity of the black-and-white color theme and clean lines.

Cedar Kitchen Island

Two walls were removed to create an expansive space combining the kitchen and dining areas. – Jackson Design and Remodeling

Natural light and circulation now infuse the area with a bright sense of energy. The classic design blends hints of European charm with a modern sensibility and retains its sense of place in historic surroundings.

The large open floor plan now connects the kitchen with the dining area seamlessly, making the new space warm, inviting and the perfect place for entertaining year-round.

Tatiana Machado-Rosas is a designer with Jackson Design and Remodeling. She can be reached at (619) 442-6125,,

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San Diego Magazine

San Diego Magazine
January 2015
JDR 25th Anniversary Party

JDR celebrated its 25th anniversary at the San Diego Yacht Club on November 8, 2014

YHL Magazine 2014 cover

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December 2014
Bright Kitchen Remodel Contrasts Bright White and Dark Wood

Bright Kitchen Remodel Contrasts Bright White and Dark Wood

By Emily Shapiro, December 9, 2014

Cedar Kitchen Island

The most impressive aspect of the renovated kitchen is the radiant natural light. White countertops and cabinetry enhance the effect of the large windows and glass doors, which flood the open floor plan with air and light. The kitchen pendant lights are 28.1 pendants by Bocci. The faucet and sink are Kohler. Jackson Design and Remodeling

By adding natural light and circulation to Frederic and Sally Pla’s existing kitchen, designer Sol Quintana Wagoner achieved a comfortable atmosphere ideal for entertaining house guests.

Well-traveled homeowners Frederic and Sally Pla knew they wanted their Encinitas, California space to be a reflection of their unique lifestyle and a spa-like retreat for their frequent houseguests. The couple, who live with their son and a giant golden doodle named Leo, chose to partner with Sol Quintana Wagoner, an Argentinian-born designer for Jackson Design and Remodeling, to help them remodel their existing kitchen. The collaboration resulted in an open-plan kitchen that incorporates the couple’s worldly style style into a spacious, well-lit space. The kitchen’s new windows and glass doors reflect off white walls, countertops, and cabinetry, making light and circulation the main event, while accents of rosewood and Brazilian cherry add visual interest. The dark rosewood ceiling beams help connect the kitchen to an adjoining dining and living space.

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San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune
November 2014
Cedar Kitchen Designer For Family Time

Cedar Kitchen Designer For Family Time

By Tatiana Machado-Rosas, Special to the U-T, Posted 2 P.M. Nov. 21, 2014

Cedar Kitchen Island

A focal point in the remodeled kitchen is a large island of gray-stained cherry wood with a concrete countertop – Jackson Design and Remodeling

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and families are getting ready to cook holiday favorites and turn their homes into aroma-filled spaces for dining and entertaining.

Wolf Range

The kitchen has a 48-inch Wolf stove with two ovens and six burners. – Jackson Design and Remodeling

With four children and a large extended family to entertain, our clients wanted to remodel their kitchen to improve its space and functionality while retaining the cabinlike feeling of the 1972-era San Diego home.

Our team set out to choose materials that would complement the cedar wood throughout the home, while also reconfiguring the floor plan to improve functionality and accommodate guests.

We selected a large island with gray stained cherry wood and a concrete countertop to create a focal point that would subtly contrast with the surrounding cedar. A backsplash created from glass tile in muted tones of gray, brown and copper gleams above the gray countertops used throughout the kitchen.

A floor was created from brick-sized porcelain tile and features noticeable variations in its color and texture, mimicking the warmth in the cabinetry. A luxurious 48-inch Wolf range with two ovens and six burners is ideal for a family that cooks and entertains as a way of life. All appliances were carefully streamlined into an efficient work triangle. A double apron-front farm-style sink brings functionality with rustic charm.

New pantry storage was created near the refrigerator by borrowing space from an existing little-used closet and facing it with a door removed from another part of the kitchen. Pullout shelving enhances access in finding staples for cooking.

The new kitchen retains the rich, warm elements that first made the couple fall in love with their home while aligning the design with modern-day conveniences and functionality. The result is a space perfect for holiday entertaining and everyday living.

Cedar Kitchen Island

The remodel included materials that complement the cedar wood throughout the home. – Jackson Design and Remodeling

Tatiana Machado-Rosas is a designer with Jackson Design and Remodeling. She can be reached at (619) 442-6125,,

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San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune
October 2014
JDR Designer Creates Dream Kitchen

JDR Designer Creates Dream Kitchen

By Nina Garin, posted 5 p.m. Oct. 24, 2014

JDR at the SPCA Walk for Animals

Tatiana Machado-Rosas — Photo by K.C. Alfred

At today’s American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) San Diego Kitchen and Bath tour, San Diegans will be able to see the work of some of the county’s most creative designers. One of the stops features a rustic, Zen-style kitchen in Del Mar by Tatiana Machado-Rosas.

(The self-guided ASID tour runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., see site for details.)

Machado-Rosas, 40, who works at Jackson Design & Remodeling, was born and raised in Mexico City, but spent some of her childhood years in Europe where the varied cultures and architecture inspired her aesthetic.

Machado-Rosas, who moved to San Diego from Tijuana in 1994, explains her passion for design and kitchens.

Q: Why should the general public be interested in the ASID San Diego Kitchen and Bath tour?

A: It gives the public the chance to see in person, instead of on TV or the computer, the latest trends and technology in kitchen and bath design. Homeowners that may be looking for an interior designer for a future project get to meet nine designers and see their portfolios. Even if you are not planning a home remodel yet, it is just a fun, inspiring way to spend the day with friends touring beautiful San Diego homes.

Q: When did you become interested in design?

A: My parents noticed that I was enthusiastic about drawing at a very early age, 3 or 4 years old. They always encouraged me to explore art and take art classes. My mom, a physician by profession, has a natural talent for decorating and she would always rearrange the furniture and accessories at home. I was fascinated watching her. One day, when I was 7, I told her that I wanted to help her make the room look prettier. When I got my own bedroom at age 8, I started paying attention to the look of my room — the colors, furniture and accessories. Since then I’ve never stopped.

Q: Why are you drawn to kitchens?

A: Because it not only involves creating a concept and suggesting a mix of materials and colors, it requires space planning, engineering, and the technical aspect of design. A well-designed kitchen is extremely technical, from planning the location of appliances and plumbing fixtures to determining the size of the cabinetry and moldings. Kitchens are really the heart of the home, the most-used space in our homes, and a very important ingredient in our daily lives.

Q: What are some of your favorite elements to include in a kitchen?

A: In addition to the basic appliances and plumbing fixtures, if the size of the kitchen allows it and if it fits the homeowner’s lifestyle, I like to add some of these elements: layers of lighting, great natural light, a coffee station, a secondary sink, a baking station, a wine refrigerator, an under-counter refrigerator, a desk with a computer or laptop, an area for kids to store school supplies, a pet storage and feeding station, a location for cookbooks, areas to display artwork or collectibles, a walk-in pantry.

Q: What do you think is overrated?

A: Microhoods – they are not as practical as they look and have a variety of functionality issues.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories from being in a kitchen?

A: Gatherings and celebrations with my family and friends. Everybody is in the kitchen cooking, helping, eating, talking, and enjoying each other’s company. Another memory I treasure is watching my grandmothers cook. When I visited, they would spend time with me in the kitchen and teach me while they cooked. The aroma of freshly made coffee will always remind me of my mother’s mother.

Q: You’ve won a lot of design awards, how important is hard work to you?

A: Both of my parents, but especially my father, taught me the value of hard work early in life. Unfortunately Mexicans have the stigma that we leave everything for “mañana” (tomorrow). He did not want his daughters to grow up with this mindset. After becoming a surgeon and accomplishing so many things in his professional career nationally and internationally, it was essential to him to teach us that hard work pays off. He has always told us to “set a goal, focus and work hard toward your goal.” I believe that when you work hard, great things happen in your life and this benefits the people that surround you.

Q: What is the best advice you ever received?

A: My grandmother and my parents told me: “Have faith in God and what he has planned for you, always think positively and work hard for what you want in life”.

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?

A: I am a fine artist and that I’ve sold some of my work. I’ve actually done paintings myself for the interiors of a few remodeling projects.

Q: Please describe your ideal San Diego weekend.

A: Being able to take a break from our typically busy schedule and spend time with my family. Wake up just a little later than usual and enjoy a cup of coffee with my husband while the kids wake up. Fix everyone breakfast without rushing and bake something special, then do some sightseeing together or visit the rest of our family somewhere in San Diego. We like to go to Balboa Park museums, Seaport Village, Coronado, Encinitas or Carlsbad. If I find some magical free time during the weekend, I enjoy practicing my art.

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La Jolla Light

La Jolla Light
October 2014
JDR Celebrates Milestone Anniversary With 25 Acts of Giving

Jackson Design and Remodeling of San Diego celebrates milestone anniversary with 25 acts of giving

Posted 2:57 p.m. Oct. 15, 2014

JDR at the SPCA Walk for Animals

As part of its commitment to give back for their 25th anniversary, the Jackson Design and Remodeling team and canine friends celebrated four-legged Superheroes at the 2014 San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s Walk for Animals. — Jackson Design and Remodeling


The Challenged Athletes Foundation will hold its annual Triathlon Challenge Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 at La Jolla Cove. One of the many teams supporting the cause is local remodeling firm Jackson Design and Remodeling (JDR). The CAF event is one of 25 charitable acts JDR will participate in this year to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

When CEO Todd Jackson asked his team how they wanted to honor their milestone anniversary, the staff unanimously agreed that they wanted to thank San Diego for its support throughout the years by giving back. In addition to serving as a way to commemorate the company’s 25 years in business, CEO Todd Jackson says the experience of contributing to the community together has been a tremendous experience for his team.

“It is so inspiring to see our team work together to help others here in San Diego,” said Jackson. “We are proud to be a part of this community and are grateful we get the opportunity to say thank you. It’s been such a rewarding experience and we’ve all become closer as a team as a result of getting out there and putting our heads and hands to work to support these incredible organizations.”

This isn’t the company’s first charitable activity in La Jolla; this summer JDR team members donned gloves and trash bags to support the Surfrider Foundation’s beach cleanup at La Jolla Shores. The company also supported the Luau & Legends of Surfing Invitational, the annual event held at Scripps Pier that benefits the Moores Cancer Center.

Other ways of giving have included providing materials needed to plant a sustainable vegetable garden at a local preschool, conducting a team blood drive for the San Diego Blood Bank, supporting the Humane Society Walk for Animals and donating prom dresses to teens in need through the Princess Project.

On top of the 25 charitable actions planned for the year, the JDR team will be hard at work in October as the company has two homes featured on the annual American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) San Diego tour on Oct. 25. To learn more about the tour and purchase tickets, visit

In addition to the tour, JDR is offering a free design and remodeling seminar at its Kearny Mesa showroom Oct. 18. The seminar is an opportunity for homeowners considering a remodel to meet the experts and learn the “do’s” and “don’ts.” To RSVP, visit

Jackson Design and Remodeling,
4797 Mercury St.,
San Diego, CA. 92111
(619) 442-6125

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Professional Remodeler

Professional Remodeler
September 2014
25 Years in Business, 25 Acts of Community Service

25 Years in Business, 25 Acts of Community Service

Jackson Design & Remodeling’s anniversary celebration includes a sustainable garden for San Diego preschool.

JDR’s staff came up with a list of 25 local services and organizations that meant something special to each of them, as a way to thank the city for its continued support throughout the years.

(SAN DIEGO – September 12, 2014) – Jackson Design & Remodeling (JDR), an award-winning San Diego-based design and remodeling firm, is doing something a little unexpected this year to celebrate its 25th year in business. The company is giving back to the San Diego community in 25 ways. JDR’s staff came up with a list of 25 local services and organizations that meant something special to each of them, as a way to thank the city for its continued support throughout the years. With 14 acts already completed, the company is more than halfway to reaching its goal.

This week, JDR, with the support of some of its industry partners – San Diego Marble and Tile, Walter Andersen Nurseries, Badger Earthscapes, Flooring San Diego and Frazee Paint (Sherwin Williams) – provided materials needed to plant a sustainable vegetable garden at the Giggles and Smiles Child Care Center in Santee, Calif. The kids, ages 2-5, will learn how to grow their own fruits and vegetables and compost green waste into fertilizer.

“This garden project was months in the making,” said Todd Jackson, JDR CEO. “Our entire team chipped in to collect and recycle items from their homes and from around the office to donate for the project. This has been one of our favorite “acts” so far – creating something for preschoolers to help them learn about healthy eating and sustainability – it’s incredibly rewarding.”

JDR and its partners donated thousands of dollars of materials for the garden, including gardening gloves, utensils, kneeling pads, small buckets, watering cans and Popsicle® sticks for marking each plant. In addition, Walter Anderson Nurseries donated organic vegetable and fruit seeds, organic mulch and soil, as well as a watering hose. San Diego Marble and Tile donated a generous amount of Pavers both large and small to place around the planters. Flooring San Diego provided wood samples to be recycled and used as child-sized potting tables. Badger Earthscapes donated pebble rocks for the planters and Frazee gave an array of colorful spray paints to use to brighten up the garden fence.

The kids were so excited about their new garden, they created a special thank-you banner with all of their handprints and names. For more information, visit:

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San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune
September 2014
New Kitchen has Carribean Vibes

New Kitchen has Carribean Vibes

By Pamela Johnston, Special to the U-T 7:14 p.m.Sept. 18, 2014

Featured: Hand-crafted glass table, bamboo cabinetry and a wine refrigerator

The new kitchen has a handcrafted glass table attached to the island, bamboo cabinetry and a wine refrigerator. Jackson Design and Remodeling

With summer at a close, many San Diegans are left with fond vacation memories of warm and breezy islands. One San Diego couple wanted to capture that tranquil and relaxing island feel year-round in their kitchen remodel.

Our team worked with the homeowners to bring their Caribbean-inspired kitchen to life with tropical colors, accents of white and an alluring backsplash.

Reminiscent of sand and sea, the new kitchen balances fresh neutrals with vivid blues. A bold backsplash of turquoise glass tile is a colorful visual centerpiece in the room. A meticulously handcrafted table attached to the island was built from 1½-inch solid cast glass. The glass is pitted on the bottom with a wavelike effect that gives a floating sensation and resembles the ocean floor.

Bamboo cabinetry creates ample storage at varying levels. Textured glass doors on selected upper cabinets have a waterlike appearance with a fluidity that supports the ocean theme, while open shelves allow the clients to display colorful glassware and favorite mementos from their travels.


A backsplash of turquoise glass tile is a colorful centerpiece in the new kitchen. Jackson Design and Remodeling

The prominent wine refrigerator is perfect for entertaining guests or just enjoying a glass of wine.

In a kitchen designed to celebrate the beach life, the wood floor easily welcomes sandy feet. The new room inspires remembrance of past travels while providing a relaxing retreat from everyday life.

Pamela Johnston is a designer with Jackson Design and Remodeling. She can be reached at (619) 442-6125,;

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San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune
July 2014
Making small spaces beautiful – Sol Quintana Wagoner

Making small spaces beautiful – Sol Quintana Wagoner

Sol Quintana Wagoner is an award-winning interior designer and architect

By Nina Garin, U-T 05:00 p.m. July 15, 2014

Sol Quintana Wagoner

Sol Quintana Wagoner – Peggy Peattie

Earlier this year at the National Kitchen & Bath Association Awards in Las Vegas, San Diego’s Sol Quintana Wagoner took home the prize for the country’s “Best Bath.”

Wagoner, an interior designer at Kearny Mesa’s Jackson Design and Remodeling, turned a tiny, 37-square foot space into a luxurious, Asian-inspired powder room.

The Argentine-born architect and designer moved to San Diego in 2002, and for the last eight years she’s been transforming kitchens, bathrooms and other spaces.

Wagoner, 43, who lives in Santee with her two young daughters, explains her inspiration.

Q: When did you first become interested in architecture?A: In Argentina I was always surrounded by architecture and design. Walking down the street you feel like you’re going back in time with the different styles, cultures and periods. I went to the same architecture school in Argentina as the renowned architect Cesar Pelli. I was inspired by his design of the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, which were the world’s tallest buildings at one time. When I was very young, my mom used to say that I was more interested in making the doll house than I was with the dolls themselves. I was always interested in my visual surroundings and how I could make them more interesting and colorful.

Q: What was the first thing you ever designed?A: At architectural school I designed a quincho, which is a type of outdoor kitchen that’s very popular in Argentina because of our love of good meats and barbecue. It is an eating and socializing space, typically separated from the main house – kind of a man cave built around a barbecue outside.

Q: What types of projects do you do here in San Diego?A: I work as a member of a team that includes other designers and architects. I’ve designed bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor spaces and whole home remodels. We work in every style from historical to transitional to contemporary and modern. I am able to explore many aspects of my creativity.

Q: Please tell us about the award for your tiny bathroom.A: That was such an honor and a nice surprise. It was especially gratifying to win an award for a bathroom that was smaller than many other bathrooms Jackson Design and Remodeling has done. I think it proves that the size of a project does not matter nearly as much as the details that go into the design.

Q: Why do you like designing for small spaces?A: A truly good design is not reliant on space or budget. Smaller spaces are more rewarding because they are more challenging, and I get to research and come up with creative solutions. Smaller spaces typically have more restrictions than larger ones and every resource has to be chosen carefully.

Q: What does your own bathroom look like?A: Right now it’s very simple since I am in the process of moving. I am planning on creating a peaceful spa feel for myself in my next home.

Q: What’s your favorite space in San Diego?A: Everyone who knows me knows how much I love Birch Aquarium at Scripps. I appreciate the good work they do there to educate people about ocean conservation and I respond to the energy and visuals of the space. I can spend hours there.

Q: Why did you decide to move to the United States?A: After I graduated from school I was full of ambition and dreams, but there was very little economic opportunity in Buenos Aires. I had an aunt in California who offered to let me come to America for a long visit to see how I liked it. Once I arrived, I was able to find a good first job. Then I participated in the green card lottery and won a space. I am grateful I was able to stay since I would not have had the same chance to practice doing the work I love in Argentina. Here in the U.S. I have been able to use my talents and grow as an artist and professional.

How did you feel about Argentina making it to the World Cup finals?A: It was a great achievement! The World Cup means so much in Argentina, it unites the people around one common and positive cause. I sent my two girls (ages 3 and 4) to school that week dressed up in Team Argentina shirts and painted their faces with makeup in the Argentine flag colors. Even though we did not win, the team left their souls on the field, and as an Argentinean I’m very proud of them!

What is one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?A: Even though I am known for experimenting with bold color in my design projects, my own home is often more neutral. Also, I probably don’t strike people as a bookworm but I love to read and I carry my Kindle everywhere. It’s my way of escaping and finding some peace.

Q: What’s the best advice you ever received?A: My grandmother used to say: “No hay mal que por bien no venga” which roughly translates to, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” I have found this very comforting during challenging times.

Q: Please describe your ideal San Diego weekend.A: I would say my favorite San Diego weekend is preparing a creative breakfast, like rainbow cake, with my girls, Marina and Catalina. And enjoying family time at places such as the Birch Aquarium or San Diego Zoo.

Sol Quintana Wagoner is a senior designer with Jackson Design and Remodeling. She can be reached at (619) 442-6125,

Kitchen and Bath Business (K+BB)

Kitchen and Bath Business (K+BB)
July 2014
East Meets West in Asian Themed Bathroom Remodels

East Meets West in Asian Themed Bathroom Remodels

K+BB Online Jul. 09, 2014

remodeled bathroom has bamboo cabinetry

The emphasis in this Asian-themed bathroom, which won 2014 National CotY Award winning Bath Over $60,000, was created by Foxcraft Design Group, Church Falls, VA, was creating contrasts of light and dark by the use of shoji screens that when open, creates a private retreat for coffee together in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening, and when closed privacy to get ready for work.

Creating an Asian-inspired bathroom takes an understanding of several different styles and their distinct characteristics to achieve the desired result, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). A recent profile study of its 7,000 member companies revealed that 81 percent of projects are upgrades to existing bathrooms.

“Contractors are getting busy as remodeling continues to gradually trend back up in 2014,” said Kevin Anundson, MCR, CKBR, NARI national president and vice president of Renovations Group Inc. in Elm Grove, Wis.

Sol Quintana Wagoner, senior interior designer for Jackson Design and Remodeling in San Diego, Calif., explains that there are many ways bathrooms can be remodeled to blend in an Asian feel. Jackson Design won a 2014 National CotY Award for an Asian-style bath under $30,000. The project featured a wall of tile in deep hues of ebony, gold and dark brown to create an earthy backdrop illuminated by gold leaf lighting. The lights use a cable system with weights to adjust the height and are a functional solution with an Asian heritage. A curved mirror framed in rustic wood hangs above an onyx sink on top of the freestanding vanity with Shoji-style doors. Light is brought in through a fixed window with obscure glass as well as a pocket door fitted with Shoji-style panels.

Shoji screen-style door

An Asian inspired powder room by Jackson Design and Remodeling, San Diego, CA, conveys drama in a small space in this 2014 National CotY Award winning Bath Under $30,000-National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Shoji screen-style door

While trying to plan for Asian-style interiors, balance is often the key defining aspect. In addition to finding the right harmony of colors, it’s important to use different textures and elements. Adding glass partitions, natural stone decorations, wooden floors, bamboo blinds and a few organic textures, as well as the use of both natural and lighting fixtures, are also critical.

Light and water play a prominent design element in a Japanese-style master bath suite created by Foxcraft Design Group in Falls Church, Va. The project has a large open shower that lets light flood in from the widow and skylight. Using a combination of half and full walls, the shower provides both privacy with controls at the entrance that allow adjustment of water temperature before entering the shower area. The grey and brown colors found outside on the home’s Japanese-style exterior are mimicked in the textured, wet floor shower tiles, while the cross-cut pattern on the porcelain tiles is reminiscent of tree bark and is accentuated by the wood cabinetry. Shoji screens allow natural light to filter through and provide the ability to open and close access to the dressing room area and commode.

Renovations to open up a space and using nature-inspired design elements such as river pebble showering floors is a trend that DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen in Colorado Springs, Colo., has noted. “People want a warm, spa-like abode that is welcoming,” said owner Mark Witte. Homeowners are opting for stream showers with multiple showerheads, tiles on the walls, music and built-in televisions.

“What we’re seeing in our market is a range of bathroom remodeling projects with master suites ranging from $40,000 to $60,000 that involve a complete tear-out of everything, rearranging of fixtures, new double vanities, tub, shower and commode,” said Witte. “Hall bathrooms and powder rooms are usually about $15,000, when the footprint of the existing space is used. What drives the cost is how much you move around, the size of the bathroom, upscale fixtures and plumbing. Customers want to spurge on comfort items like heated floor tiles and towel racks.”

Retail Observer

Retail Observer
July 2014
2014 CotY Awards

NARI National 2014 CotY Awards – The Retail Observer Highlights JDR’s Award-Winning Kitchens & Baths

Cottages and Bungalows Magazine Cover 2014

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San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune
June 2014
Family fun evolves from ‘man cave’

From ‘Man Cave’ to Family Fun

By Todd Jackson, Special to the U-T 5:28 p.m.June 12, 2014

contemporary bar made of horizontal bamboo and a slab of vanilla onyx

The contemporary bar in the new entertainment area is made of horizontal bamboo and a slab of vanilla onyx. Jackson Design and Remodeling

When most people think of a “man cave,” they imagine a space set apart from the central living area in the home, with traditionally very masculine décor and entertainment elements like projection televisions, leather recliner seating and built-in kegerators. These spaces are usually away from the home’s central living area, in a garage or spare room or basement. With Father’s Day this weekend, it’s the perfect time to showcase a San Diego remodel that illustrates a new trend: foregoing the traditional “man cave” for a stylish, multiuse entertaining space the whole family can enjoy.

family game room

A large game room features a pool table. Jackson Design and Remodeling

In a recent project for a young professional couple, our team was tasked with creating a new entertaining space with the key elements being a contemporary bar and a large adjacent game room. Located on the home’s extremely segmented bottom level, our team first opened up the space by removing a wall and changing the layout. By positioning the bar adjacent to the game room, the space now has a more natural flow.

We also used cork tile walls in the game room, which present an intriguing texture and are sound absorbent, ideal for when multiple activities are under way.

The focal point of the new space is the new contemporary bar area. We used a mix of sophisticated materials to exemplify the uncommon. Two-thirds of the bar is horizontal bamboo; one-third is a sumptuous vanilla onyx slab. We chose Italian light fixtures with red-orange hues and used a light bar underneath the countertop to bring it to life. Designed for entertaining, the bar area features essentials like a beer tap, wine cooler, sink and generously sized refrigerator.

remodelled family game room

The remodeled space is large enough to accommodate large parties. Jackson Design and Remodeling

Exquisite materials draw attention at every turn. A window from the original home, transformed into a recessed storage area with rounded glass for liquor and accessories, is framed by gleaming metallic tiles in bronze and copper. LED recessed lighting glows upon the richly colored marble countertop, setting the mood for warmth and good cheer.

Next to the bar sits a new stone fireplace and built-in television. The expansive new layout can accommodate large parties yet is designed with well-defined gathering areas to enhance more intimate gatherings as well. The new space acts as a magnet for guests and expresses the homeowners’ affinity for sophisticated design and sensational entertaining at home.

Todd Jackson is the CEO of Jackson Design and Remodeling. He can be reached at (619) 442-6125,;

San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune
April 2014
Midcentury Kitchen Gets Update

Midcentury Kitchen Gets Update

By Tatiana Machado- Rosas, Special to the U-T 4:21 p.m. April 10, 2014

large kitchen island with a white quartz countertop

A large kitchen island with a white quartz countertop is surrounded by comfortable white leather stools. Jackson Design and Remodeling

The final season of “Mad Men” begins Sunday, April 13. Since its kickoff in 2007, the AMC series has helped bring 1960s design style back into vogue. Set in a midtown Manhattan high-rise, the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper & Pryce ooze the quintessential midcentury modern design trends that define an era. For today’s designers, midcentury modern design is focused on bringing a modern sense of practicality and functionality to the iconic vintage style that “Mad Men” has captured so well.

Our team at Jackson Design & Remodeling was contacted by a couple with a La Jolla Farms home built in the 1960s by noted architect Dale Naegle. We set out to significantly update the home to accommodate a family with children, while remaining true to the home’s history and classic design style.

It was important to our clients that we blend their divergent tastes while accommodating their school-age children. The home needed significant updating to accommodate the family. In the popular midcentury style of the day, the one-level home was originally built so that each bedroom was only accessible from the exterior corridor, as an intention to create an open and natural connection to the surrounding landscape. The remodel included the addition of an interior hallway, along with other structural changes and an exterior face-lift.

The neglected beauty of the original home, especially found in its original concrete flooring and bold beamed ceilings, was meticulously restored to give a feeling of expansive living. Although the entire interior of the home was remodeled with careful attention to materials, space planning and focal points, the kitchen and dining areas are strikingly clean and modern. We borrowed space from a bedroom and transformed some of the existing layout of the home, doubling the kitchen’s size. With the addition of white quartz countertops set against dark horizontally grained bamboo cabinetry, the kitchen shines. The contemporary island is surrounded by comfortable white leather stools and a trio of pendant globe lights, to offer the family an informal space for dining and entertaining. Modern appliances were meticulously placed throughout the kitchen to leave a more streamlined appearance, while an Italian Calacatta backsplash wraps the kitchen in luxury. Hand-selected slabs of dramatically veined marble were also selected for the stovetop.

formal dining area

The midcentury home’s formal dining area is a natural extension of the kitchen. Jackson Design and Remodeling

The formal dining area is a natural extension of the kitchen. The original tongue-and-groove ceiling was kept intact but painted white to add a refreshing brightness to not only the room, but to the appearance of the rhythms within the beams. The dining room is furnished with a pair of vintage Barcelona chairs and decorated with pieces from the couple’s modern art collection.

The design of the remodeled home truly honors the past, while creating a comfortable and visually stunning home for the young family.

Tatiana Machado-Rosas is a senior designer with Jackson Design and Remodeling. She can be reached at (619) 442-6125,;

San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune
February 2014
New bathroom has Asian style

New bathroom has Asian style

Simple, clean lines, muted tones and an open layout contribute to calm space for relaxation

By Sol Quintana Wagoner, Special to the U-T 3 p.m.Feb. 14, 2014

remodeled bathroom has bamboo cabinetry

The remodeled bathroom has bamboo cabinetry and lights that resemble paper lanterns. Jackson Design and Remodeling

A sense of simple, light-filled luxury was created in this guest bathroom remodel by harmonizing tranquil colors, the visuals of flowing waterfalls, and the serenity of clean, Asian-inspired lines.

Our team selected an innovative Shoji screen-style door that opens in three widths for varying degrees of privacy. This creative solution makes it possible for one guest to use the shower or toilet while another uses the sink.

Throughout the room, simple horizontal lines subtly express an Asian influence. Colors are muted and calm in earth tones of sage and brown. Streamlined bamboo cabinetry with simple horizontal fixtures provides organized storage with an uncluttered effect. The selection of floating cabinetry and the decision to set the mirror just slightly back from the backsplash contribute to a feeling of openness in the room.

A quartet of lights at the vanity was selected for its resemblance to a string of paper lanterns. The sink faucets are designed to flow like delicate waterfalls, further emphasizing the theme of calm simplicity.

Shoji screen-style door

A Shoji screen-style door opens in three widths for varying degrees of privacy. Jackson Design and Remodeling

In the shower, the waterfall theme is repeated in the niche of glass tile and the flowing lines of tile on the floor. The niche was deliberately designed to evoke a window with an extra wide span to expand the space visually. The tile was selected in a slightly uneven composition to give the sense of water and movement.

The shower’s linear tile insets are repeated into the rest of the room, establishing a clean, sophisticated sense of continuity. The showerhead flows from a linear position, which aligns with the room’s aesthetic while also providing a powerful spray. A rustic ladder serving as a towel rack is a functional piece of art.

This peaceful oasis now communicates our clients’ passion for Asian themes while providing their guests with a calm, private space for relaxation and reinvigoration.

Sol Quintana Wagoner is a senior designer with Jackson Design and Remodeling. (619) 442-6125,;

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