Get Your Home a New Look This Spring

March 21st is the First Day of Spring! Spring is a time to think of new life and new beginnings. It’s the time when we undertake spring cleaning for our homes and planting seeds in our flower beds, preparing for the summer ahead.

Did you know that it’s also a great time to “plant seeds” for a home remodeling project?

A successful home remodeling project doesn’t happen overnight. It requires some behind the scenes thought, planning, and preparation. Doing your homework now means that when it’s time to actually start your project, you’ll be better prepared.

How to Prioritize Your Remodeling Needs

Where should you start? It helps to prioritize your needs. A simple chart like the one you see here can help you identify your home renovation needs according to things that are “Must-haves”, “Nice-to-haves”, and “If-money-was-no-object”.

Prioritizing this way helps you budget for the things that really matter to you. But sometimes, you may find that some of the “nice-to-haves” (and even some “if-money-was-no-object” items) aren’t much more expensive because the labor/workmanship is already factored in.

After you’ve determined what you want/need to do, then you can start looking at ideas on sites such as Pinterest or Houzz for ideas and reach out to us! We have experience transforming homes and can bring some fresh perspective on your space. We would love to turn your home remodeling ideas into reality.

Seeing your vision for your home excites us! Reply to this email or give us a call today to share your dreams for your home and start the remodeling process.

How to Use Unconventional Thinking to Update Your Home

Every four years February presents us with an extra day – and this is one of those leap years!

There are times when remodeling your home requires a bit of a leap as well. Maybe you want to make some changes to your kitchen, your master bathroom, or even add an extra bathroom or a media room to your home—but when you look at your existing floor plan you don’t see a way to do what you want to do. You may have to turn your conventional thinking on its head—but how?

That’s where a consultation with us can really pay off. Years of training and experience enable us to look at your situation a little differently than you do—both from a design and a structural perspective.

Unconventional Ideas for Updating Your Home

  1. Let’s say you want more space in your kitchen, but the physical dimensions of the room really don’t provide any opportunity to expand. We might be able to look at that space and tell you that the wall separating your kitchen from the dining room (which you rarely use) isn’t a load-bearing wall. We could suggest taking out the wall to significantly expand the size of your kitchen—and make better use of the space. You could end up with a larger, eat-in kitchen that actually feels bigger than it is because of the open space that’s created.
  2. Or maybe you really want more storage in your bathroom—but there’s no way to make the room bigger and there’s no space to put in another closet. Are you stuck with what you’ve got? Not necessarily. We may be able to find “hidden” space between the wall studs to install recessed shelving or cabinets.

Those are just a couple of examples of how we sometimes have a different perspective on how to use space. Where you might see wasted or unusable space (in an attic or in your basement) we may see potential. That’s why it’s important to clearly convey to us what you want to accomplish and let us draw on years of experience and knowledge to come up with a solution that meets your needs. That’s the power of unconventional thinking!

Fun Facts: Leap Year Traditions

In addition to giving us an extra day, Leap Year has also given us some rather interesting traditions.

In 1288 the unmarried Queen Margaret of Scotland is rumored to have enacted a law that allowed women to propose to men on leap-year day. But—as a “fair warning” to the man—the woman had to wear a red petticoat.

In fifth-century Ireland, the legend is that a nun asked St. Patrick to grant women permission to propose to men after single women complained about suitors who were too shy to propose. Supposedly, he agreed and allowed proposals every leap day.

While the historical veracity of these events is unlikely, the concept of having some conventions turned on their heads remains. If you need help getting creative with your remodeling needs, reach out anytime!

What’s your 2020 vision?

It’s a new year and a new decade! January is the perfect time to stop going with the flow and start being intentional about what we want our lives to look like.

Whether you’re making significant changes this year or setting small intentions, we hope you are successful in achieving all you wish for in 2020!

You may have goals to eat healthier, develop a new hobby/skill, exercise more, read more, get more organized, or you may have some home remodeling goals like:

  • Remodeling your kitchen to help you become more organized
  • Opening up your floor plan to make it easier to gather with family and friends more often
  • Transforming your bathroom to help you have more relaxing mornings
  • Updating your laundry room to give you more storage space
  • Renovating your kitchen to encourage you to cook at home more

If your 2020 goals are remodeling related, we’d love to help! Whether you’re looking to update your kitchen, create the bathroom of dreams, or open up your floor plan, we can help you reach your goals!

How can we help you? We love what we do and love helping homeowners through the remodeling process! Simply reply to this email or give us a call today with any questions you have or to talk about a project. We’d love to help you make 2020 the year your home is transformed!

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Here’s a little inspiration as you look at your days!

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard

Give Yourself the Gift of Aging in Place

Do you have a question about the remodeling process? We’re here to help! Reply back to this email or give us a call anytime.

The idea of leaving your home as you age can be overwhelming and discouraging. Fortunately, there are several home modifications you can make to help your home become more accessible as you age.

3 home modifications that can help you enjoy your home while you age in place:

1. Move Your Master Bedroom to the First Floor

If your master bedroom is currently on the second floor, move it to the first floor so that you will have the option of avoiding stairs in the future. Removing rugs and replacing them with carpet can eliminate a potential tripping hazard and create a softer floor. Creating a full master suite, with an updated master bathroom, is the best way to ensure you’ll enjoy the space for years to come.

2. Modify Your Bathroom

Speaking of master bathrooms, there are many updates that make a more friendly space. A walk-in shower is one way to help eliminate trip hazards. It’s a good idea to include grab bars and a handheld showerhead as well.

3. Update Your Kitchen

Consider rounding countertop and cabinet edges to decrease sharp edges. If your stove isn’t already close to your sink, consider moving it so that you won’t have to carry heavy pots of water very far. Switching up your pantry and cabinets to include pull out drawers, as opposed to cabinets you have to kneel and reach into, is another helpful way to make sure your kitchen is functional for you and your family.

Whether you want to update your home to make it a better environment to age in place or to enjoy new trends and updated features, we’re here to help make the process easy from start to finish!

Give us a call today or reply to this email to start the process of remodeling your home!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Feeling Cramped?

Bringing friends and family together for a big Thanksgiving dinner is a well-established American tradition. We look forward to it with great anticipation (and sometimes unrealistically high expectations!). There are times, however, when our homes just aren’t ideally situated to handle the extra people.

It’s no wonder that so many homeowners have opted for open floor plans that allow them to expand their kitchens and incorporate a great room into the design. Not only does that mean that whoever is cooking the turkey is no longer isolated in the kitchen, but it’s much easier to accommodate everyone in the same space.

But what if you’re in an older home that doesn’t have that kind of floor plan? Can you remodel to get the kind of space you want? You’d be amazed at what can be done! 

Undertaking this kind of remodeling project can be a little overwhelming—particularly if you have a hard time envisioning open space where there are now walls and doors! But that’s where a good remodeler can help. We’re used to seeing—not just what’s currently there, but what can be there—and how to make it happen!

That’s why it’s good to sit down with someone like us first and tell us what it is you want to accomplish.  Then we can come up with a plan that meets your needs—and matches your budget. It doesn’t happen over night, but a significant remodeling project like this isn’t something you want to rush.

So if things feel a little cramped when family and friends come over for Thanksgiving dinner, give us a call afterwards so we can start working together on a plan to make your Lincoln home the perfect place to celebrate next year! 

Fun Fact – Thanksgiving: The National Holiday That Almost Wasnt

You may not know the name Sarah J. Hale, but you’re probably familiar with her nursery rhyme, Mary Had a Little Lamb. Perhaps even less well known, is her role in creating the national holiday we celebrate every November: Thanksgiving. 

As it turns out, Hale may be the individual most responsible for making Thanksgiving our national holiday. From 1846 to 1863 she wrote letters to five Presidents of the United States: Zachary Taylor, Millard Filmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, and Abraham Lincoln. It was her letter to Lincoln that convinced him to support legislation establishing a national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1863. Thanks, Sarah 🙂

Is your kitchen working for you?

There are a lot of choices to make when you remodel your kitchen. Near the top of the list is the layout of your kitchen. It’s every bit as important as the finish materials you choose. What you want is a layout/design that fits your lifestyle. 

Here’s a quick look at some popular options:

 – Efficiency or One-wall Kitchens: If you use your kitchen exclusively for food preparation and don’t need much space, this layout can work well. It’s not an “entertaining” kitchen and probably isn’t the right solution if you do a lot of cooking. But if space is at a premium and you don’t plan to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, it could be the right choice.

 – Galley Kitchens: In this layout, you will have counter space on both sides of the room. Again, it’s not an ideal design for entertaining, but it packs a lot of workspace into a small area. 

 – L-Shaped or U-Shaped Kitchens: These similar layouts provide lots of counter space as well as easy access to appliances and the sink. It draws heavily on the “kitchen work triangle” designed for efficiency. It’s more open and often includes space for bar stool seating so you can chat with guests while working. 

 – Island Kitchens: Many cooks consider the island kitchen the ultimate layout. The design can allow multiple cooks at the same time. It’s also an ideal entertaining kitchen because the open design allows guests into the kitchen. It does require an adequate amount of space, however. A peninsula kitchen is a variation on an island kitchen. Instead of a completely isolated island countertop, it will have a part of the counter extend like a peninsula. This can be a good option if the space you have available simply isn’t deep enough to accommodate an island. It still allows you access from three sides.

When deciding on a layout, you’ll want to consider both your lifestyle (what role the kitchen plays in your home) and the amount of space you have to work with.

If you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, Nate’s Custom Renovations would love to help guide you through your options! From layout to cabinetry to countertops, we have the experience to equip you to make the choice that’s the best for your lifestyle.

Give us a call today to get the process started!


Time for an Update?

September is upon us and with it, the drive to make the indoors a comfortable and beautiful space to spend time. Whether you’ve been eagerly awaiting football season or want to make your home a space more conducive to your taste, remodeling your living room can be an excellent way to breathe new life into your home.

Living rooms create a place for your friends and family to gather in your home. It’s vital that it fits your needs and reflects your personality.
Here are four ways to transform your living room into a space you will enjoy for years to come.

4 Ways to Update Your Living Room

  1. Move Walls to Create a Design Space – If possible, moving the walls in your boxy living room to create a more open space can be a wonderful way to transform and modernize your home. This can help you add additional seating space and also helps avoid congestion during parties or gatherings.
  2. Add Built-In Shelves/Entertainment Center – Create a focal point and build in storage by adding built-in shelving around your television or fireplace. This helps you show off pictures and mementos around the part of the living room that typically draws the eyes of visitors and creates additional space for you to store books or other trinkets.
  3. Choose Light Colors to Create the Illusion of Space – Dark colors tend to make rooms feel closed off. To create the illusion of space, use light colors in your remodel. Avoid using bold, dark colors and select more subtle choices, especially on your ceiling! Draw eyes upward by using your lightest, most luminous color on the ceiling.
  4. Use Hardwood Floors – While the trend used to be carpet, many are starting to embrace hardwood floors as an alternative. They are easy to clean and can help visually elongate a room.

Whether you’re eager to remodel your living room or have a different remodeling project in mind, we are ready to help create the room of your dreams! Give us a call today to start the process of transforming your Lincoln, NE home.

How to Spark Joy in Your Home

How to Spark Joy in Your Home

Remodeling your home can be a significant investment, both financially and emotionally. Because of this, it’s essential to evaluate your decisions, not just in terms of how it will benefit you by improving the resale value of your home, but also how it will bring you joy. 

When the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) recently published their Remodeling Impact Report they added a new factor called “The Joy Score.” In addition to showing cost and probable ROI, projects were ranked (on a scale of 1 to 10—with 10 being high) as to their “Joy Score.” Here are a few of the results. 

•    Complete Kitchen Renovation | Joy Score: 9.8 

•    New Master Suite | Joy Score: 9.7 

•    Bathroom Renovation | Joy Score: 9.3 

•    Basement Conversion | Joy Score: 9.4 

As you walk through your home, imagine the joy you would receive from rooms that function and flow the way you envision. Opening up your kitchen could not only create a more functional space, but might also transform the atmosphere. A master bedroom remodel might allow you to walk into a space that feels peaceful and restful. Adding a new bathroom might minimize squabbles over bathroom time and help your mornings run smoother. 

Remember, remodeling your home does not merely improve your home’s value, it helps improve the non-tangible value you receive from your home! 

If you’re ready to start this process, give Nate’s Custom Renovations a call today. We’d love to transform your Nebraska home to help you reap both financial and emotional benefits for years to come. 

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Fun Fact About Sparking Joy

According to the National Soap and Detergent Association, 40% of household work is eliminated when someone purges their home of excess clutter. As you’re thinking about what sparks joy, be sure to remove what doesn’t! Added Bonus: Sorting through your home and donating or selling what you’re no longer using is a great way to prepare for a home remodel.  

3 Kitchen Remodeling Ideas That Will Set Off Fireworks

We hope that you and your family have a wonderful 4th of July and day of celebration! If you’re ready to declare yourself independent from the current look and layout of your home, give Nate’s Custom Renovations a call! We’d love to help you with your next remodel.

3 Kitchen Remodeling Ideas That Will Set Off Fireworks

Years ago, the family kitchen was a “working” room that was unadorned and closed off from guests. Today it’s the heart of the home for both families and guests.

Here are three ideas for making the heart of your home a place that everybody will love to congregate:

1. Go Natural 

Wood and natural stone materials for flooring are increasingly popular. They wear well and look great. Plus, since so many kitchens now open up into a great room, it creates a natural flow from the kitchen to the rest of the house.

2. Stay with Stainless

Designers are always looking for the next kitchen appliance color. The trend right now is toward bold colors. But, as much as some designers try to kill stainless, it’s still a great choice because it’s easy to clean and it blends with so many different styles.

3. Open Things Up

There’s a significant move toward open-style shelving in the kitchen. For one thing, it creates an open, airy feel (which is particularly nice if you have a smaller kitchen). Plus, it’s a great way to show off attractive or unusual items (like that French press you never actually use!).

4. 4th of July Bonus! 

Keep your eye on LED lighting solutions for the kitchen. There are more and more possibilities all the time, and these lights (pendant, chandeliers, or track lights) give off a much more natural and pleasing light than CFLs.

A Final Fourth of July Fact

Benjamin Franklin did not approve of the bald eagle being chosen as the symbol for the new nation, calling it, “a bird of bad moral character.” He preferred the turkey. Ben was an incredibly intelligent man and a great patriot, but thank goodness he was over-ruled on choosing our national symbol!

Why Do You Remodel?

Whenever we embark on something new, it’s important to focus in on why we are making a change. Remodeling your home is no different. What is your “why?” in remodeling your home?

While there may be several reasons to remodel your home, chances are, there’s one reason that compelled you enough to take the leap. As you start the remodeling process, it’s essential to keep your why in the forefront of your mind.

Here are just some of the why answers we encounter regularly:

I want to modernize an outdated space.

You may be wanting to tear down walls to create an open floor plan or remove outdated wood features. Remodeling can be a wonderful way to give your old home some new life without the hassle of moving.

I want extra organization in my home.

This is particularly common in kitchen and bath remodels. Whether you’re fighting to make room for pots and pans or simply wishing that the space you had was designed with your needs in mind, the need for better organization can be a compelling reason to remodel.

I want a home where I can age in place.

Wanting to make the home you love be an easy place to age is a very compelling reason to remodel. If this is you, consider converting space on your first floor (maybe a den or formal dining room that doesn’t get much use) into a master bedroom to give yourself the option of avoiding the stairs or maybe transforming your bathroom to include a walk-in or roll-in shower. Changes like these can take a space from being simply manageable to a home that allows you to live life to the fullest.

I love my house, but there are a few niceties I wish it had.

When you moved in, did you say, “I love this house, but I wish…?” If so, consider reaching out to make those dreams a reality. Whether you wanted a walk-in shower, a jacuzzi bathtub, or a kitchen island, there are many little niceties and upgrades that can be included in a remodel. Take your home from like to love by making those changes!

Whatever your why is, Nate’s Custom Renovations wants to help transform your house into the home you desire. Call us today to get the process of transforming your Lincoln home started. And don’t forget to mention your why!