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!

Ideas to Take Your Kitchen Remodel to the Next Level

Kitchens function as the heart of the home. It is where we create our nourishment, clean-up our messes, and, depending on whether or not you wear the apron in your house, try to sneak tastes of delectable treats.

Because kitchens are a central part of our daily lives, it’s important they act as both functional and beautiful spaces. Whether you’re updating an older kitchen or creating your dream kitchen, here are 4 ways to take your kitchen remodel to the next level:

  1. Add a Multi-Purpose Island – Adding an island to your kitchen can allow you to utilize otherwise empty space for a variety of purposes. Sometimes, simply creating extra counter-space and cabinet storage is a much needed boost for your kitchen. Other times, it makes sense to add your sink or stove top to an island if you want to create an opportunity to face your living/dining room or simply want to pull yourself away from facing a wall when cooking or cleaning.
  • Create Organization that Works for You – As you’re designing your kitchen, think about what is unique about your kitchen. Are you hoping to display a china collection? Do you use a lot of spices that you need to have easily accessible? Are you especially fond of your mixer but not so fond of leaving it visible on the counter? Consider what makes how you use your kitchen unique from others and then customize your organization to make your kitchen work for you.
  • Embrace Natural Light – Natural light can help your kitchen feel warm and inviting so try to expand upon the natural light options available to you. Can you add in a skylight? A larger window behind your sink? Embrace those options and let the sunshine in.
  • Install a Backsplash that Reflects Your Style – Use your backsplash as an opportunity to truly reflect your style and take your kitchen up a notch! Whether you prefer neutral minimalism or bold patterns, choose a backsplash that reflects that instead of one that simply blends in. Backsplashes can hide away or can be used to add a sense of flair.

As you think about remodeling your home, consider how some of these ideas might take your kitchen to the next level by increasing its organization and functionality.

Whether you’re considering kitchen, bathroom, or whole house remodel, Nate’s Custom Renovation will be glad to help you create something that will give your Lincoln area home a fresh new look. Give us a call today or reply to this email to get the process started!

Is It Time to Freshen Up Your Bathroom?

According to Reader’s Digest, the average man spends 4 months (or 3,000 hours!) of his life in the bathroom reading. But compared to the 1.5 years (14,000 hours) the average woman spends in the bathroom, that seems like small potatoes. No matter which end of the spectrum you fall on, chances are you spend more time in your bathroom than you realize.

Why not make those hours more enjoyable by making a few tweaks to your current bathroom? Here are some ideas:

Install a Walk-In Shower

Walk-in showers an elegant, easy to clean way to reclaim space in your bathroom and make your daily shower more luxurious. The absence of tub walls will also create the illusion of space and make your bathroom feel larger. This single change can transform the entire feeling of your bathroom.

Try a New Sink with More Counter Space

Installing a new sink with additional counter space can make getting ready in the morning a much more enjoyable experience. Whether you are fighting with your partner over space or just never seem to have enough, remodeling your bathroom to make sure you have enough space to lay out all you need can help your day start off as a simple, stress-free experience instead of a game of bathroom counter Tetris.

Optimize Your Cabinet Space for Additional Storage

Much like countertop space, it makes a big difference for everything to have a place in your bathroom. Freshen up your bathroom by reclaiming unused space and transforming it to useful cabinetry and storage spaces for everything you need.

Of course, the most important part of any bathroom remodel is choosing a remodeler that you know you can trust to communicate accurately and implement your vision in a timely manner. Nate’s Custom Renovations would love to be the team that provides you with wonderful remodeling experience from start to finish.

Give us a call today to start the process of making the bathroom you dream of a reality.

How Long Will Your Home Remodel Project Take?

Talk About a Long Construction Project!

The Cologne Cathedral in Germany is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. The towers for the church’s two huge spires give the cathedral the largest facade of any church in the world.

The construction of the cathedral began in 1248 – 244 years before Columbus discovered America – and it took 632 years to complete!

How Long Will Your Home Remodel Project Take?

One of the questions we hear frequently is, “How long will this take?” The answer, of course, will depend on the scope and complexity of your specific remodeling project. That’s something we can work out and discuss before your project begins.

We’ve all heard horror stories about remodeling projects that drag on and on. Sometimes slight delays can happen when unforeseen difficulties pop up or severe weather delays construction or causes materials to be late. There are some things, however, that you can do as a homeowner to ensure that things stay on schedule.

Timely Selection of Finishes: Once you’ve decided on the plan for your remodeling project, make sure that you make your decisions on all of the finishes for the project. For instance, if you’re remodeling your kitchen, make sure you have the cabinets (including the color and the hardware) picked out. The same goes for the material you’re using for your backsplash, fixtures, and for your flooring. It’s key that we have all of the selections made before we start the project to stay on schedule.

Avoiding Unnecessary Changes: Small changes are simply part of the remodeling process. What you want to avoid, however, are changes that have an impact on the completion of your project. “Can you move that wall just 3 inches?” may not seem like a huge request (after all, it’s “just” 3 inches). But if a wall has already been built, what you’re asking for can significantly delay the process (and increase the cost.)

Being Available for Consultation: Sometimes we will run into an unforeseen situation that means we can’t proceed as planned. That means that we will have to talk about what needs to change. Being available to us – and being able to make a timely decision can mean we’ll still finish on schedule.

If you have a project in mind for your Lincoln area home, Nate’s Custom Renovations would love to help you make that project a reality. Give us a call today to learn more.

How To Survive A Kitchen Remodel

So you’ve decided to remodel your kitchen. Congratulations! This is an exciting time with a beautiful and functioning kitchen to look forward to. But in the meantime, you need to know what to anticipate and how to handle it.

Many say the best thing to do is to flee and stay somewhere else during the job, but for many this option is not always viable. So here is what to expect if you live in your house through a kitchen remodel and how to prepare for it.

Make Preparations and Get Organized

Plan to do the following before demolition begins:

  • Carve out time to pack up the kitchen properly or arrange for movers since it’s a big task.

  • Think about whether some sort of refrigeration will be possible. Perhaps there’s an old fridge in the garage or a minifridge elsewhere in the house. It may be worth renting a small one or buying one secondhand. Just be sure there is a place you can plug it in outside the kitchen.

  • Include takeout food and restaurant expenses in your overall renovation budget.

  • Get in the mindset of getting the groceries you need daily as opposed to shopping for the week or month.  A lot of times, you just won’t have the space for that!

Set Up a Makeshift Kitchenette

If possible, set up a mini kitchen in another room. Think about what equipment might come in handy for throwing together meals. Suggestions include:

  • Coffee maker
  • Electric teakettle
  • Toaster or toaster oven
  • Slow cooker
  • Portable electric grill
  • Electric frying pan (if you have a place to clean it)
  • Minifridge
  • Find portable kitchen appliances

If your house has a mini kitchen or a wet bar elsewhere, you’re in luck. This is a great spot to set up.

So, think about how you’re going to handle a small-appliance cooking mess before you make it – this may involve the patio, a hose and a dishwashing tub.

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We Care About You and Your Home

Yes, it can be a bit of a hassle to live in the home while a remodel is taking place, but that is why we care so much and put a lot of effort into making sure we:

Contain dust and keep our jobsite clean and organized, focus on great communication, work tirelessly to keep the project on schedule to limit the disruption to your home and life.

How can we help you? At Nate’s Custom Renovations love what we do and love helping homeowners through the remodeling process! If you have a project in mind, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

New Year’s Resolutions are still a big part of our post-holiday culture. Unfortunately, according to Forbes.com even though 40 percent of Americans make resolutions, only 8 percent keep them!

Maybe it’s time for a resolution you’ll actually keep. The holidays aren’t just about eating – they’re about getting together with friends and family. And while that’s wonderful, there’s nothing like a full house to bring out the areas of your home that need a little help.

If you hosted guests this holiday season, make some mental notes of areas where your home perhaps didn’t function exactly the way you’d like it to. Here are a couple of common areas to think about.

  • The Kitchen: You can’t keep people out of the kitchen during the holidays. But was your kitchen too crowded? Was it set up to allow you to work efficiently? Did you have enough light? Did you ever feel trapped in the kitchen while others were in the family room enjoying one another’s company?
  • The Family Room: Did friends and guests enjoy hanging out in your family room? Was it a place they naturally gravitated toward – or did you have to lead people in there because it’s closed off and a little too dark? Would it feel larger and be more conducive to socializing if it were open to the kitchen?
  • The Guest Bathroom: Did you cringe when guests used your guest bathroom or powder room because it feels out of date – or just has no personality? Would new fixtures and flooring make it a room you’d be proud of?
  • Multi-purpose Room Addition: If it’s awkward having guests sleep on the couch, maybe adding a room that could be used as an extra bedroom for guests during visits – and a home office or craft room the rest of the time – makes sense.

This year make a resolution that you’ll stick with – and one that you’ll enjoy for years to come. Pick the one room or space that will have the greatest impact on your enjoyment of your home and start collecting ideas. Then reach out to Nate’s Custom Renovations for help in turning those ideas into reality!

How can we help you? We love what we do and love helping homeowners through the remodeling process! If you have a project in mind, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

Comfort

Is Your Living Room/Family Room Your “Happy Place”?

In 2014, Houzz surveyed more than 6,000 homeowners and found that 87 percent of them said that home design directly impacts their happiness, and that 74 percent of those who took on a remodeling project are happier at home than they were before.

And which room has the highest “happiness quotient”? The living room/family room scored highest (42 percent). How is the happiness level in your living room/family room?

Keys to Creating an Inviting Family Room

Family rooms are all about
comfort, fun, and being together as a family. So, what are the key elements to creating an inviting and attractive family room? Here are three essentials to consider.

         1. Size Makes a Difference: Your family room doesn’t have to be enormous, but if it’s too cramped, it won’t feel comfortable. Can you borrow space from other areas to give yourself more room to relax? Even visual space is important. So if you can eliminate a wall somewhere (i.e. between your living/family room and your kitchen) you can create the appearance of more space and it will feel less crowded.

          2. Design it to Fit Your Lifestyle: If your family enjoys playing board games together, make sure the space you create allows that to happen. If you host book groups, or enjoy family discussions make sure you have an area that allows for conversation areas. If you enjoy movies or TV or gaming (but don’t want the TV to dominate the room), talk to us about ways to “hide” the TV when it’s not in use – without impacting your viewing pleasure when you want to watch.

          3. Plan Your Lighting: It’s easy to overlook lighting—even though it plays a significant role in setting the tone for your room. Work with us to build in both functional lighting (for reading or playing games) and ambient lighting to set a mood.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime with your remodeling project questions – we’re here to help!

Is it time?

One Big Reason You May Want to Remodel Your Bathroom

Why bother remodeling your bathroom? Well, consider how much time you actually spend there.

  • Over a lifetime, women spend 14,000 hours (that’s one and a half years!) in the bathroom brushing, washing, blow-drying, straightening, and curling their hair.
  • Reader’s Digest survey showed that men spend 3000 hours (about four months of their lives) shaving.

Since you’re going to spend time there why not make it a place you enjoy?

3 Reasons a Walk-In Shower May Make Sense

 

If it’s time to remodel your master bathroom you may want to consider installing a walk-in shower instead of a conventional shower with a base. Here are three reasons that may make sense:

1. You Can Save Space
If you’re remodeling a somewhat smaller bathroom you may not have the option of extending the size of the room. A walk-in shower can save space. If you install a walk-in shower with a “wet-room-style” floor you have more flexibility because you’re not constrained by the size of the base. Plus, a walk-in shower can create the visual impression of more space. That can make the room feel bigger and brighter.

2. Ease of Use Now and Down the Road
Walk-ins are easy to use. There’s no lip to step over – or trip on. That’s a big plus for those who plan to age gracefully in their own home.

3. Easy Maintenance
It’s easy to keep a walk-in shower sparkling clean. You won’t have to scrub soap scum off of door handles or hinges. And since most glass panels come with easy-to-clean tempered glass, they’re easy to spray down. The tiled shower floor can be cleaned the same way you clean the rest of your bathroom floor.

4. BONUS BENEFIT: Step in showers just look great and add a sense of flair!

4-Ways to Add More Light to Your Bathroom

Getting enough natural light into your bathroom can be a challenge. Here are four ways you can solve that problem:

1. Install a larger window with frosted/pebbled glass
2. Put in a wide, but short window high on the wall to let in light but preserve privacy
3. Use glass blocks to allow natural light in and keep things private
4. Add a skylight (either full or cylinder) to let in lots of light from above

Reach out anytime! We’re here to help you with your remodeling needs. Hope you’re having a great week!