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Jan 2022: A New Year Ahead


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We made it! Another year behind us and the possibilities and new beginnings ahead! Getting your house in order is a great way to start the year. Getting rid of clutter eliminates 40% of the housework, according to the Cleaning Institute, so even more reason to get organized. Go through your board games, make sure they have all their pieces. Pull out the ones your family no longer enjoys and give them away, then neatly store the rest. Another way to utilize those dark, winter hours is to go through your home files. Put all your instruction manuals and warranty information in one file. Make a file for your tax information you’ll be getting in the mail, along with items you already have, to make tax time a breeze. As you’re putting your holiday decorations away, wrap lights neatly, get rid of those that don’t work. If there are decorations you didn’t take out, consider getting rid of them as you’re putting the rest away. No need to store items you don’t use; they might bring someone else joy. You can also do this by going through closets, clearing out items you no longer use. Eliminating items from your home you no longer want or use, gives you more space to relax and just breathe.


Tips to keep in mind for those cold winter months.

  • With the increased demand on your furnace, water heater, oven, and fireplace comes the possibility for a buildup of carbon monoxide. If you don’t have a CO detector, put it on the shopping list!
  • Will you be chopping logs for your fire this winter? To preserve the life of your ax, wrap the handle near the head with 18-gauge wire, and then cover the wire with duct tape. This is the part of the handle that gets the most abuse.
  • Check or replace batteries in flashlights and battery backups, even your thermostat. Used batteries should be recycled rather than tossed in the garbage.

FEATURED PROJECT: Briar Rosa Transformation

We started in the bathroom of this home, and the homeowner decided to redo her kitchen as well. She is loving the transformation. In the bathroom, everything was removed, including the wallpaper. The tub was replaced with a bright walk-in shower with glass doors, the vanity was reconfigured to include a tall linen cabinet and topped with a quartz countertop. New flooring, paint, lighting, and plumbing fixtures finished the remodel.

Next, we moved to the kitchen. This room was separated from the living room with a wall that went almost all the way to the vaulted ceiling. This made the kitchen dark and cramped. We removed the wall and replaced it with an island. The fridge was moved to the opposite wall and built-in with custom cabinetry. The popcorn ceiling was also scraped and refinished. A marble-like 4×12 subway tile was applied as a backsplash, and the same tile in a herringbone pattern was placed behind open shelving that went above the sink. This was set off with a new farmhouse light fixture. New pendants went over the island and recessed lighting throughout the kitchen made it much brighter. The wood-like vinyl flooring warms the room while providing a dog-friendly surface. Now the kitchen is open to the living area, providing a bright, enjoyable living and entertaining space.


Come visit us at the 2022 Nebraska Builders Home & Garden Show, to be held February 11th – 13th at the Lancaster Event Center. We are in booth P-880, which we’ve occupied for the past several years. More information can be found here and you can click here for a map of the event. We are located near the middle of the page at the bottom.


We’re offering pro tips from the industry to make your life easier.

Check wood structures around your home (fences, sheds, etc.). Weather can cause wood to warp or twist.


Did you know one in five remodels homeowners wanted in the past year (according to HOUZZ) was to bring the outdoors in? Bringing nature in, whether with plants, botanical fabrics, wall coverings, or even nature-inspired paint colors, can have a calming effect. You can choose to add potted plants, update with green cabinetry or tile, or even open your kitchen up to an outdoor living space.


Recently our designers went on a tile finding mission to expand the selection in the Design Center. Pictured below are some of what they brought home. Stop by and see what else they found.

A selection of tile swatches for bathrooms and kitchens


Dr. Seuss wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” on a bet. Theodore Geisel’s editor didn’t believe the author could write a book in 50 words or less. The finished product contains 50 words on the dot.

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