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Nebraska’s housing market, high quality of life, low crime rate, and low cost of living attracted more buyers in 2018, a trend that has continued into 2019. Many are then interested in remodeling their homes; this includes sellers who want to add value to what they’re selling and clients who want to lessen costs and opt for remodels instead of buying homes.
Homeowners often choose to remodel their kitchens, both for personalization and to raise the value of the home. We have put together the following list for clients and sellers who are interested in kitchen remodels. These firms offer kitchen remodels to improve both the appearance and functionality; the firms have been evaluated on customer service, craftsmanship, awards, certifications, and exposure in publications.
15) CS Kitchen and Bath
4708 Prescott Ave. Ste A., Lincoln, NE
CS Kitchen and Bath has more than three decades of design experience. The firm creates new designs for its clients and is able to combine these designs with existing home decor. CS Kitchen and Bath works with clients from the beginning to the end of the construction process, ensuring that the entire procedure is a smooth experience for the client. The firm aims to meet and exceed all expectations.
The firm’s kitchen remodels are generally classic and light-toned, with simple brown and white cabinets and many spotlights. The firm prides itself on its cabinet installation professionals and carries many high-end cabinet brands.
14) Egermier Builders
7575 Saddle Dr., Papillion, NE 68046
Egermier Builders is owned by husband and wife team Rick and Maureen Egermier. The building process of the firm ensures that its projects will add value to clients’ homes. The firm’s remodels are diverse in project scale; Egermier Builders can remodel single rooms or can construct homes from the ground up. One of the firm’s historic homes was featured on ETV, Omaha’s local news station.
Egermier Builders has completed many modern, rustic, and uniquely-finished projects. The featured remodel is an exquisite spacious kitchen with wooden floors, brass stools, white cabinets and island, and gray walls and spotlights. Many of the firm’s remodels are light-hued, accented with vintage accessories like baskets, vases, and florals like baby’s breath.
13) gv Kustom Kitchens
8914 L St., Omaha, NE 68127
Nick Vondrak, the principal of gv Kustom Kitchens, was inspired to establish the firm after many expensive experiences with remodeling firms. Vondrak opened gv Kustom Kitchens with the aim of creating a business that could make remodeling a fun and creative process, as well as a way to help others.
In line with the firm’s belief of helping its community, gv uses affordable product lines like Starmark Cabinetry, Custom Wood Products, and Grandview Products. These products are high quality, but affordable compared to other brands. One of the most technologically-advanced remodelers on this list, gv Kustom Kitchens uses 3D technology in presenting kitchen layouts to its clients.
12) Lincoln Cabinet
624 K St., Lincoln NE 68508
Lincoln Cabinet is proud to be a female-owned firm in a male-dominated industry. Heidi Polacek and Lori Wellman have worked for Lincoln Cabinet for over 30 years combined and have owned the firm together for 2 years. Lincoln Cabinet’s primary focus is in residential kitchen and bath remodeling. Each designer works directly with their clients creating new spaces and general contracting projects through completion.
Polacek & Wellman have made names for themselves in the kitchen remodeling industry. Polacek has a Bachelor of Science degree specialized in Kitchen and Bath design and served as President of the KS/NE chapter of NKBA from 2013-2014. Wellman is a CKD- Certified Kitchen Designer and a CGR-Certified Graduate Remodeler and has served on the Home Builders Association of Lincoln Executive committee for 6 years.
Lincoln Cabinet designers are experts in kitchen remodels. This photo features cabinetry in a warm walnut wood and both islands in oak painted vintage finish, with brushed granite countertops, and decorative glass lighting over the island. Steel appliances furnish the kitchen.
11) Fulton Construction
3639 N. 39th St., Lincoln, NE 68504
Fulton Construction is able to combine architecture with quality construction in order to create its one-of-a-kind kitchen projects. The firm has won Nebraska Builder of the Year and is also affiliated with the Home Builders Association of Lincoln (HBAL) and Nebraska Green Building Council.
The firm was founded by Steve Fulton in 1979 and has grown into one of the most established remodelers in Nevada. Fulton is hands-on in handling the firm. He has also received many impressive accolades, including being member and president of the HBA of Lincoln, the Nebraska Green Building Council, Remodelers Council of Lincoln, and the NHBA Life Director.
Fulton Construction kitchens are usually modern and minimalist, generally composed of all-white or navy blue furnishings. Brass cookware, carpets and rugs, and indoor plants also accentuate these kitchens.
10) Kitchens Redefined
14541 Grover Street Omaha NE 68144
There are many kitchen experts in Nebraska, but Kitchens Redefined stands out because of its three decades of expertise in cabinetry finishing, furniture finishing, and designer wall finishes. The firm has been lauded by clients for having many options in cabinet refinishing. Clients who choose cabinet refinishing projects are also able to save money, as the entire kitchen does not need to be remodeled.
To further prove the firm’s prowess in the aforementioned fields, Principal Kelly King has a school called the Kelly S. King Academy. The school has trained over 20,000 finishers around the world in cabinet finishing, furniture finishing, and designer wall finishes for over 25 years.
Kitchens Redefined’s kitchen remodels are mostly classic or traditional with a twist; cabinets in vivid shades of green, for example, make the kitchen fresh and different.
9) Kitchens by Design
1263 South 120th St. Omaha, NE 68144
The principal of Kitchens by Design, Scott Byrd, has spent nearly four decades in the industry and has worked with 2,400 clients. The firm is proud to have built kitchens in a wide range of sizes and has won a number of awards. Omaha Magazine awarded it the Best of Omaha Award for Best Kitchen & Bath Remodeler in 2009, 2010, and 2012. The firm also received the Nebraska State Home Builders 2001 Remodeler of the Year award and the 2001 ASID Designer Showhouse Builder.
The firm has a range of different price points available for its remodels, from those willing and able to splurge on ultra-luxurious kitchens, to those who are looking for a simple and functional remodel. The firm’s kitchens are mostly on the classical and traditional side; many are craftsman-style.
8) Carlson Projects
6101 S 32nd Ct Lincoln, NE 68516
Carlson Projects has completed a wide range of kitchen remodels. A prospective client perusing the firm’s gallery will see incredible kitchen makeovers, which transform dark and dingy kitchens into airy and decorated works of art. Many of Carlson’s projects are painted in white, flooded with natural light, and equipped with steel furniture, adding to their modern looks. Those with more accessories and color tend to have pastel cabinets and matching equipment.
The firm also caters to seniors and is an NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialists. Carlson uses durable brands like Pergo for flooring, Moen for faucets, and Midwest for tile, granite, and marble.
7) Reynolds Design Remodel
2406 J St., Lincoln, NE 68510
Reynolds Design Remodel has reinvented itself with modern kitchen designs throughout its 33-year industry tenure. The firm’s commitment to excellence in remodeling and kitchen design has proven itself through many accolades, including the 2018 Design Award in the annual national competition of Professional Remodeler Magazine.
Principal Kristin Donnelly received the Gold Award in the Kitchen $50,000-$100,000 category. The firm also won the 2018 Professional Remodeler Design Award-Gold Award Kitchen $50,000-$100,000, the 2008 BBB Integrity Award for Small Business, the Big 50 Award Remodeling Magazine 2005.
The Gold Award winner is pictured, and is done mostly in shades of cobalt blue, silver, and white. The kitchen’s handcrafted pieces are from the Czech Republic. After removing a rarely-used staircase to increase space, the original hardwood floors were salvaged, and kitchen windows were filled in. LED lighting allows natural light to fill the room.
6) Bearded Builders
13240 Centennial Rd. # 2, Omaha, NE 68138-3410
Bearded Builders is a unique firm, proud of its bearded principals. Founder Eric Price has been remodeling homes for over fifteen years. The firm has won many awards from Omaha Magazine, the Best of Omaha from 2015–2017. Bearded Builders has been successful in its six-year tenure in the industry because it is adamant in its belief of not taking short-cuts. The firm firmly believes that customers should be treated as respectfully as possible. Bearded Builders hopes that its products will survive for many decades.
When it comes to kitchens, the firm makes sure to customize according to clients’ needs. In the featured photo, Bearded Builders was able to make the kitchen roomier by removing walls and opening up the entire main floor. A classical wooden floor and cabinets were given a modern twist with walls that have a white upper half, a white counter on the island, and white lamps.
5) Cornerstone Remodeling
4540 S. 79th St., Omaha NE 68127
Cornerstone Remodeling completes its kitchen remodels in a number of different styles. Cornerstone’s kitchens have been classic and traditional, with a craftsman look full of wooden furnishings. There have also been more innovative remodels, such as the kitchen in the featured photo. This kitchen uses smooth dark wooden furniture, with a backsplash in contrasting white tiles. A one-of-a-kind circular lamp is hung above the dining table, while a rustic green circular green mirror and small indoor plants complete the look.
Cornerstone Remodeling won Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha award. The firm’s principal, Nathan McGranahan, worked several small jobs while studying at Grace University. By 2003, McGranahan was working for Cornerstone as its full-time principal.
4) Ward’s Kitchen and Baths
10908 Elm St., Omaha, NE 68144
Ward’s Kitchen and Baths’ story began in Charles Ward’s garage over 40 years ago, when he had first started creating custom furniture for family and friends. His talent for craftsmanship and attention to detail that grabbed the attention of the public, and Ward began creating custom cabinets for kitchens and baths. One of the things that made Charles unique was his creative talent of envisioning space differently from others; this talent led him to establish Ward’s Kitchen and Baths 36 years ago.
Ward’s Kitchens and Baths has risen through the ranks and is now part of the NKBA. It also won an impressive 12 National Design Awards, as well as numerous Best of Omaha awards. The remodeler is popular with clients because of its standout designs at good prices.
3) T. Hurt Construction
8529 Wirt St., Omaha, NE 68134
In operation for 25 years, T. Hurt Construction, Inc. was founded by Terry Hurt, and is known for its affordability as well as reliability. T. Hurt’s prowess in remodeling is due to its excellence in design and material quality, performance, and fashion that it imparts to every kitchen it remodels. The firm’s superior design skills and customer service have gained its many accolades, including many Contractor of the Year awards from NARI, as well as 2016’s Regional Winner of Residential Addition $100,000 to $250,000. The firm has also won the BBB’s Honor Roll for excellent customer service.
As shown in the featured photo, one of the firm’s most notable projects is the West Omaha Open Concept Kitchen, which was completed in 2016. After the walls were removed, the kitchen was combined with the living and dining rooms. Oak floors were filled in and refinished. The same went for existing doors, which were also refinished. Baseboards and casing were updated, and new appliances, fixtures, cabinets, and countertops were also installed.
2) McKean’s Floor to Ceiling
10811 Harrison St., Omaha. NE 68128
McKean’s Floor to Ceiling has been family-run since 1962, retaining the same values on which it was founded. The firm has won multiple awards for its flooring, countertop, and cabinetry work. The firm is also proud of its affordable prices and offering of the latest products in flooring, cabinets, and interior products.
McKean’s Floor to Ceiling was the Best of Omaha Winner in 2016 and 2018 for Floor COverings, and in 2017 and 2019 for Floor Coverings and Countertops. The firm is also a member of the World Floor Covering Association. Today, the firm is run by the family’s third generation, but the family-oriented culture extends to the firm’s employees; the owners treat staff like family. Many of the firm’s employees have been with the firm for over 10 years.
1) HC Remodel
11811 I St. Suite 202, Omaha, NE 68137
HC is a highly-accoladed Nebraska kitchen remodeling firm. The firm has won awards from prestigious remodeling organizations such as NARI, GuildQuality, and Remodeling. Principal Gary Haldeman is both a hands-on remodeler and a designer. He is NARI-certified, and has over three decades of experience in construction. Haldeman’s keen attention to detail and ability to make use of small spaces have made him an industry success.
HC Remodel’s kitchens are generally done in rustic, contemporary, or modern styles. The firm has transformed some of the most outdated kitchens into modern ones, complete with white paint, natural light, new countertops, and indoor plants that lend warmth and color to these remodels.
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