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.


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 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.


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!

Make sense for you?

Why Universal Design May Make Sense for You

It might be tempting to dismiss Universal Design as just another fad. The fact is that it’s a trend that’s grown out of homeowners’ changing needs. Here are three things that drive this design movement.

1. Adult Children Staying Home LongerRather than getting saddled with debt while they are establishing their careers, more adult children are temporarily moving back home, but need some privacy and autonomy.

2. Aging Parents Moving In: Many older citizens are choosing to stay with their kids rather than move to retirement homes. That means homes need to accommodate their special needs.

3. More Homeowners Want to Remain in Their Homes: A lot of homeowners are planning for their own futures and want homes they’ll be comfortable in for years to come.

Universal Design isn’t just about installing ramps or guardrails. It’s about making design changes that look good in your home while also accommodate changing needs. As an example, a walk-in shower not only looks great, but it also makes showering safer and more convenient because there is no need to step over a barrier to enter or exit.

In a similar way, kitchens can be modified to eliminate the need for stooping or reaching high shelves—without compromising appealing design features.

It doesn’t happen without some planning, however. That’s why it’s good to sit down with us and think through what your needs may be down the road so that you can come up with a plan that works for all of your family members.

Reach out anytime! We’re here to help.

It’s both

5 Reasons Homeowners Remodel

If you’re considering remodeling your home, you may be wondering if you’re doing it for the “right” reason. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) did some research into that topic. Here is what they found in a recent Remodeling Market Index report in which remodelers across the country rated the reasons their customers said they wanted to remodel. Here are the top five reasons given:

1.      Desire for better/newer amenities
2.      Need to repair/replace old components
3.      Desire/need for more space
4.      Want to avoid moving/buying another home
5.      Desire to be able to age in place

If any of those reasons match your thoughts about remodeling – you’re in good company!

Form or Function?

The concept of “form follows function” in design was coined by architect Louis Sullivan and popularized by the great Frank Lloyd Wright. When it comes to remodeling your home, the basic thrust of the thinking is that no matter how good a design looks, it needs to function in a way that provides comfort and convenience.

What does that mean for you if you’re planning to remodel your kitchen? Does it mean that it doesn’t matter how your kitchen looks? Not at all! But it is a guideline for planning. Instead of starting the remodeling process with ideas about which countertops, flooring, cabinets, or appliances you want, begin by thinking about how you use your kitchen. Do you cook a lot? Is it a place you entertain? How much space do you need for those activities comfortably? What’s the best configuration? What frustrates you about your current kitchen layout?

Then sit down with us and tell us about those things. We may have ideas you haven’t thought about for getting the most out of the space you have available. Once we get the layout or design mapped out, you’ll still have plenty of time to think about the finishes that will make your kitchen look great. And by the way, the same principles hold true for other rooms in your home.

It’s really not a matter of form or function—it’s both. What you want is great functionality that also looks beautiful.

Keeping It Clean with Nate’s Custom Renovations

Nate’s Custom Renovations uses BuildClean dust control systems to keep your living space clean and livable. The BuildClean contains and eliminates up to 90% of airborne dust—to keep things comfortable for you and your family.

During your remodeling project, dust can get everywhere- on the floor, furniture, glassware, dishes, even your toothbrush. But dust is more than an inconvenience—it poses a serious threat to your family’s health, your pets and your belongings.

That’s where BuildClean comes in:

  • Keeps dust from settling where it shouldn’t—and from lingering in your home long after the work is complete
  • Provides healthier conditions for family and pets
  • Safeguards against particles and irritants like crystalline silica and lead
  • Protects sensitive electronics like computers and TVs

Nate’s Custom Renovations follows BuildClean best practices on how to contain and control dust during an interior remodeling project.

  • What to Expect – Dust is constant during a remodeling project. We will take action to control dust, however there will be some dust.
  • Isolate the Work Area – Close doors, create temporary walls, designate a main entryway to the work area, use poly sheeting to isolate the work area and minimize the migration of remodeling nuisance dust.
  • Seal Vents and the Heating/Cooling System – Ductwork for furnaces or central air systems are main pathways for remodeling nuisance dust. No matter if the heating or cooling system is running or not, registers and air returns in the work area have to be closed and sealed. This action will keep the ductwork, furnace and cooling system free from dust and will help to minimize the spread of dust. During and after construction, heating/cooling system air filters should be changed.
  • Remove or Cover Property – When possible remove all property out of the workspace; if not possible cover the property with drop cloths or poly sheeting.
  • Protect Walls and Flooring – Use runners, fiber board, rosin paper or other surface protection materials to protect walls and floors from dust or damage.
  • Control Building Airflow – Practice a closed door and window policy to contain dust to the work area. Work to establish a negative air pressure environment, maintain good ventilation, circulate clean outdoor air in during and right after the work is completed.
  • Capture Airborne Dust – Incorporate the use of HEPA air scrubbers or negative air machines during the construction process. When using an air scrubber, replace the pre-filter often to protect and extend the life of the HEPA filter.
  • Vacuum Don’t Sweep – Sweeping construction debris lifts dust into the air; vacuum this material. Vacuums should use either a HEPA or fine particulate filter. If sweeping, use a dust control sweeping compound.
  • Collect Dust at the Point of Generation – We do our best to control and collect dust at the source of generation with vacuum equipped tools and mistting before or during cutting.
  • Cut Material Outside – We try our best to cut wood, drywall, plastic, metal and all other materials that we may use in your remodeling project outside.
  • Clean As We Go – Clean up major messes as they are created. Cleaning doesn’t allow dust to migrate through the air to areas away from the work site and to be tracked through the home on the soles shoes.

These are efforts we make to keep dust to an absolute minimum while working on a project in your home. BuildClean is one of the tools we use to help us keep our 9 Point Promise to you and our family. Nate’s Custom Renovations is dedicated to providing you with the best remodeling experience.