3 Tips for Staying Within Your Remodeling Budget

Nobody wants to go over budget on a remodeling project. And yet, we’ve all heard horror stories about projects that ended up costing way more than the homeowner planned.

Here are three simple tips that can keep your budget in line:

    1. Set a Realistic Budget: Before you do anything else, work with an experienced remodeler (us!) to set an initial budget range that matches the project you’re planning and what you’re comfortable investing in. But don’t deceive yourself by budgeting a low amount for a project that will be much more. That’s a recipe for frustration!

    2. Understand the Importance of the Design & Planning Stages: You might be surprised by how much time and planning goes into your remodeling project before we ever swing a hammer! If you’re thinking about remodeling your home, the Design & Planning stage is where you need to start to ensure a smooth and successful project that is delivered on time and on budget. As an experienced remodeler, we will often have ideas about how to accomplish your objectives more efficiently and effectively. Tell us what you want to achieve and it’s best if we work together as a team to make it happen. 

    3. Be Open to Alternatives (without compromising): You may have your heart set on high-end countertops. But your budget may say “no” and we need to talk about alternatives that deliver the performance you want that is within your budget. Or, you may think the only way to get the extra space you want in your kitchen is to push out the exterior wall. We may be able to make your kitchen more efficient (and make it feel larger) for less of an investment.

These are simple tips, but they can go a long way in keeping your project on budget.

We love what we do and love helping homeowners, like you, through the remodeling process!

Have a project in mind for your Lincoln area home? Don’t hesitate to reach out – we at Nate’s Custom Renovations are happy to answer any questions you have or discuss more details on how the remodeling process works.

The Best Kitchen Islands for Small Kitchens

Kitchen islands are a home design trend that will continue into 2021! Homeowners love the look, convenience, and versatility of having multi-functional space in their kitchens.

Not every kitchen, however, lends itself to a massive island in the middle of the room. But that doesn’t mean you can’t include an island in your kitchen remodel. Here are a few options for enjoying the benefits of an island when you remodel – even if you have a smaller kitchen.

beautiful kitchen island for a small kitchen

The Best Kitchen Islands for Small Kitchens

A Small Butcher Block/Sink Combo

Consider an island that is essentially a compact butcher block (for chopping/cutting) with a built-in sink for washing veggies. It’s a great workspace that doesn’t take up much valuable floor space. And you can forget about cutting boards!

Make it Mobile

Another option is to have a butcher block mounted on a rolling stand like the one you see here. You can store items below and move the island to where it’s more convenient. And if your kitchen is narrow, you can make the island narrow to match.

Make Your Island Table Height

Most kitchen islands are counter height, but a lot of families don’t like sitting at that height for meals. If you want to include an eating space in your kitchen you could have your remodeler build you a table with a quartz top. It can be a workspace when you want it and a beautiful kitchen table for dining.

How Has Your Kitchen Changed?

There’s little doubt that kitchens have changed dramatically over the years. With the increased time at home in 2020, many people are bringing items into their home that they previously hadn’t considered. Here are a couple of things that have become more popular in kitchens this year:

  • At-home espresso makers
  • No-touch faucets
  • Antimicrobial materials

What would you add to the list?

Have a wonderful December! Reach out anytime – we’re here to help!

How to Improve Your Kitchen This Holiday Season

While the holidays might look different for many of us this year, there’s one thing that isn’t going to change – the importance of our kitchens. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving or simply doing holiday baking, the chances are that over the next few months, you’ll be spending more time than usual in your kitchen.

beautiful kitchen renovation

How to Improve Your Kitchen This Holiday Season

1. An Island Makeover

Could adding a kitchen island or transforming your existing one create more usable space? Whether you install an island for increased storage or cabinet space or decide it’s time to create an island sink or oven, utilizing a kitchen island is a great way to take advantage of floor space while keeping an open floor plan.

2. Soft Close Drawers

Extra time at home brings to our attention to small things that we may not have noticed, like extra sounds created from our drawers. Soft close drawers can be a great way to help minimize the sound in your home as you’re preparing for the holidays.

3. Under Cabinet Lighting

Under cabinet lighting is a relatively simple way to transform the feel of your kitchen. Having extra light makes your space feel more open and helps reduce kitchen accidents.

4. Double-Oven

Especially if you are hosting family celebrations, having an extra oven can be a wonderful way to increase your baking space. Not only can it increase your space, but having the ability to bake at multiple temperatures at the same time can ward off family feuds over oven space.

5. Change Your Layout

Ultimately, the layout of your kitchen can determine much of its functionality. If you’re looking to create a more open layout, or increase counter space, remodeling your kitchen to embrace an island-focused design or u-shaped kitchen can provide more functional space and be more conducive to entertaining.

Reach out to us here at Nate’s Custom Renovations today if you’re wanting to take the next step in remodeling your Lincoln area home.

We’d love to help you create a more functional, beautiful space that you can enjoy for years to come.

4 Quick Tips to Expand Storage in Your Bathroom

If you’ve been considering a bathroom remodel – planning is key.

Benjamin Franklin imported the first bathtub to America – having it shipped from France in the 18th century. Franklin’s tub was reportedly made of sheet copper and had to be hand-filled with buckets. We’ve come a long way!

Beautiful master bathroom remodel by Nate's Custom Renovations

Below are a few quick tips to expand storage space in your bathroom – we also ask a question at the very end:

4 Quick Tips to Expand Storage in Your Bathroom

  1. Recessed shelving/cabinets

    Shelves and cabinets recessed into walls add storage space without taking up floor space.

  2. Space Above Your Toilet

    Don’t neglect the space above your toilet. It’s a great spot for a cabinet, some shelves, or maybe a basket for toiletries or reading materials.

  3. Hang shelving

    Putting in higher shelves for things such as spare towels can free up closet space for items that aren’t as nice to look at, and the height keeps them out of the way on a daily basis.

  4. Build custom cabinets

    We can help you find a custom solution for odd-shaped spaces where standard cabinets won’t fit. You’ll pay a bit more, but you’ll be able to take advantage of unused space.

What one change would make your bathroom more enjoyable and comfortable?

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Nate’s Custom Renovations and let us know your answer. We’d love to talk to you about your Lincoln area project, hear your ideas, and help you with the process.

3 Spaces to Update in Your Home Now

Looking to explore your goals for your home and make plans to update it? Here are 3 spaces to update in your home now! 

beautiful white renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances from Nate's Custom RenovationsSeptember is a wonderful time to refocus your year. This is a great time to think about the goals you have for your home and to start making plans to update it. Here are three spaces to consider updating in your home this fall:

3 Spaces to Update in Your Home Now!

  1. Your Kitchen

    Could a kitchen remodel prepare your home for the holidays? Would adding in an island or a second oven make your holiday baking easier? Kitchen remodels can change the look and flow of your entire home. Now is the time to start the remodeling process to enjoy your new kitchen!

  2. Your Yard

    Would adding a deck or an outdoor kitchen create a whole new space to enjoy and entertain in? Improving your outdoor space can elevate your home’s curbside appeal and encourage you to enjoy the sunshine more. Especially as more people are opting for outdoor activities, creating a vibrant outdoor space is an excellent idea.

  3. Your Bedroom

    Remodeling your bedroom is a great way to transform the space into an oasis you can enjoy for years to come. Could you expand your current space to create a master suite? Would adding in some natural light and new flooring create a more enjoyable space? You spend a significant amount of time in your bedroom, and remodeling to make the room more beautiful and conducive to your needs can have a big return.

If now is the right time to update your Lincoln area home with a remodel, give us a call today or send us an email!

At Nate’s Custom Renovations, we’ve walked through the remodeling process with many others and would love to answer your questions and put your mind at ease by walking you through the steps involved.

5 Remodeling Trends To Try Before Summer is Over

As summer heats up and we enter into August, it’s a great time to embrace the sunshine and enjoy the outdoors. With the extra time spent outside, now is a great time to think about how you might want to update your home to make it more livable and enjoyable for yourself or to increase the value of your home.

5 Remodeling Trends To Try Before Summer is Over

  1. Livability Over Luxury: Homeowners are more interested in projects that add everyday comfort and convenience than in over-the-top opulence.

  2. Personalized Style: People are looking for design and décor that better suits their personal lifestyle and taste rather than blindly following fads. Homes are more customized.

  3. Separate Showers and Tubs: For years, showers and tubs together were the norm. Today more homeowners have separate shower and bath spaces (and some homeowners opt for super-sized showers and no bathtub at all).

  4. Importance of Accessibility: As increasing numbers of Americans plan to stay in their own homes longer, they are taking steps now to ensure that their existing homes make it easier to access important areas of their home. That impacts outlets, countertops, hallways, and stairs. Making design changes now makes aging in place a much smoother transition.

  5. Open Design (Especially Kitchens): While the open kitchen design isn’t brand new, it’s still extremely popular – and is still a hot trend in older homes where the kitchen was isolated from other common rooms (family room, living room, dining room).

Late summer is a great time to start the remodeling process! If any of the things mentioned here strike a chord with you, now is a great time to talk to us here at Nate’s Custom Renovations about creating a design and plan that will deliver the kind of result you want and help you enjoy your Lincoln area home even more as you head into fall.

Popular Ways to Remodel Your Home This Summer

Are you ready for a home remodel? Check out these 5 popular ways to remodel your home this Summer!

newly remodeled kitchen from Nate's Custom Renovations

As the initial lockdowns and stay at home orders are lifting, many people are deciding that now is the right time to remodel their home. Updating your kitchen, creating a home office, or simply changing your home to fit your needs has moved from a ‘someday” project to a priority for many.

5 Popular Ways to Remodel Your Home This Summer

  1. Creating a Home Office

    Whether you’re wanting to finish off your basement to create a dedicated office or looking to revamp an existing home office – creating a dedicated space for a home office is a rising priority as many are shifting to working remotely.

  2. Prioritizing Fridge Space

    If you’re looking to prioritize fridge space for food items, including a beverage fridge in your island is a great way to achieve this goal and still have plenty of cold drinks. This is a fun feature that helps make sure you always have cold beverages for entertaining and prompts friends and family to help themselves without taking up any fridge space.

  3. Adding a Mudroom

    Having a spot to take off shoes, remove coats and masks, and quickly wash your hands is becoming increasingly important in a post-COVID world. Creating an entry space with built-in storage is an excellent way to help keep potential germ carriers all in the same spot.

  4. Installing a Bidet

    For both practical and environmental purposes, bidets are becoming increasingly popular in America! Bidets help conserve water and decrease the need for toilet paper. If you’re looking for a fresh option for your bathroom, consider incorporating a bidet into your remodel!

  5. Rethinking Flooring

    Cork flooring is expected to make a comeback! Between its natural anti-microbial properties and its sound-reducing ability, many people see it as a viable option for making their home cleaner and conducive to working at home with children in the house!

Whether you were planning a 2020 remodel or the extra time at home has made you realize it’s time for a change, Nate’s Custom Renovations is here to help! Give us a call today or send us an email to start the process of remodeling your Lincoln  area home to fit your needs!

How to Create Your Dream Bathroom

As the amount of time spent at home has increased dramatically for most people in the last few months, we’ve seen a lot of people putting together their home wish list. Remodeling your home can bring your wish list to life! One thing we consistently see at the top of our clients’ wish lists is an updated master bathroom.

We spend so much of our time in our bathrooms, it makes sense that we’d want to invest in making them functional and beautiful spaces. Keep reading to learn about 5 remodeling ideas to make the time you spend in the bathroom a little more enjoyable!

beautiful bathroom renovation from Nates Custom Renovations

5 Ways to Create Your Dream Bathroom

  1. A Walk-in Shower

Adding in a walk-in shower can make your shower more accessible and gives you the option of adding in multiple showerheads for a more luxurious experience.

  1. A Jacuzzi Tub

A jacuzzi tub provides a great way to relax at the end of a long day!

  1. Heated Floors

Adding in a radiant heating system under your tile to create a warm place to step can be an excellent addition to your bathroom.

  1. Skylights

Bringing in natural light creates a more welcoming environment, and can also help with practical tasks (like applying makeup). Consider bringing in more natural light by adding some skylights to your bathroom.

  1. Seated Vanity Area

Having a well-light vanity area can change the tone of your mornings by creating a space to relax while getting ready.

If you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom or have another project in mind, please give us a call. Here at Nate’s Custom Renovations, we’re offering virtual meetings, but we’re also starting to meet in-person (with appropriate safety measures in place, of course!).

10 Tips to Help You Get Ready for a Home Remodel

Just because May is National Home Improvement Month doesn’t mean your remodeling projects will automatically take care of themselves! Often, it’s the steps you take before the physical remodeling begins that make your project successful. While it may seem counter-intuitive, there’s a lot of prep work that we can start now (yes, even with the social distancing guidelines!) to set your project up for success and help you get ready for a home remodel.beautiful kitchen as part of a home remodel


10 Tips to Help You Get Ready for a Home Remodel

1. Research your project

Understand what the average investment is, the scope of the work, and your expected Return On Investment (ROI.)

2. Plan the project around the long-term

Evaluate long-term needs and desires for your home and make sure this project fits those goals.

3. Set your budget – And share it with us!

We want to create a project that respects your budget.

4. Use advanced search for professionals

Start by asking people you trust!

5. Ask the right questions when talking to your remodeler

Time and cost are important, but don’t forget to also ask about our specialties and background!

6. Verify your remodeler

Call references and hear what others have to say!

7. Review contracts word-by-word

Contracts are in place to protect everybody. If you have a question, speak up! We’re happy to clarify.

8. Keep design in mind

Browse online and share what you like about each aspect of the design. Organization? Look? Style? We want to know!

9. Make your selections

Making selections early helps keep the whole project on track!

10. Create a communication plan

Ask any questions and make sure you know what to expect!

If you would like more details on these steps, you can read Top 10 Tips to Prepare for a Remodel.

At Nate’s Custom Renovations, we’d love to help get your May remodeling project off on the right foot! With years of experience guiding clients through a smooth remodeling process, we are equipped to help transform your Lincoln area home while keeping the process clear and straightforward.

Give us a call today! There’s a lot that can be done virtually and while practicing safe, social distancing practices to get your remodeling project started on the right foot!

3 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Remodel

Have you been wondering if now is the right time to remodel your home? Whether you’re considering a small project or a major remodel, it’s important to make sure you’re asking the right questions and thinking through all of the critical details. We’ve helped many clients embark on this process and transform their home and we can help you, too. So today, let’s talk about three questions you need to ask before you start your next remodel.

3 Questions to Ask Before Starting the Remodeling Process

1. How will this benefit the value of my home?

It’s no secret that some projects have a higher return on investment than others. Check out the Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value report for your area as a general guideline for the project you’re considering.

2. What level of impact will this have on my daily life?

While we always strive to minimize the disruption a remodeling project-in-progress will have on your home, every project will have some level of impact on your home. Some projects, like a guest bathroom remodel, will likely have minimal impact while other projects, like a kitchen remodel, will have a more noticeable impact. The good news is that we have a lot of experience navigating with our clients, what the temporary effect of a remodeling project would look like for them.

3. What value will this add to my life?

Aside from an increase in home value, remodeling your home can have non-monetary value. Would opening up your floor plan allow you to host more family gatherings? Will updating your kitchen encourage you to cook from home more? Would remodeling your bathroom make it easier for you to age in place? Think about why you want to remodel and the positive impact it will have on your life

Here at Nate’s Custom Renovations we’ve walked through this process with many others and would love to answer your questions and put your mind at ease by walking you through the steps involved. If you’ve decided that you want to start the conversation about remodeling your Lincoln area home, give us a call or send us an email!