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5 Remodeling Ideas to Beat the Summer Heat

When the summer heat gets into your home, it can make you feel like you’re a melting, sticky puddle and can overload the air conditioner until your energy bill goes through the stratosphere. But a little remodeling can make an enormous difference to your comfort and your bills.

Simple Remodeling for the Exterior Walls 

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Some of the daytime warmth stored in your home’s exterior walls will eventually make its way inside, even through the best insulation. Heat stored in the walls will really make its presence felt after sundown and keep the day’s warmth in when things outside are cooling off.

But you don’t have to redesign or replace entire walls to reduce the amount of heat getting inside. For any area that is often baked in sunlight, consider either painting it a more heat reflective color or add exterior blinds, shades and sails to keep the sun off.Read More »

Office Renovation: How to Turn Your Office into an Inspiring Workplace

Many professionals spend a great deal of time in the office. It stands to reason then that they should be comfortable and productive in it.

If Google – one of the world’s most successful companies – can turn stairs into slides, what’s stopping you from being creative with your office?
You may not have Google’s budget but you can find plenty of inspiration and office renovation ideas that are attainable and achievable.

Open Up the Office

Some of the best office areas have one noticeable thing in common: openness. Some might debate whether to go with a cubicle setting or change to an open plan where employees have an expansive view of the entire floor. But opening it up can make everyone feel part of the same team.

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In addition, you could remove not just cubicles but walls to make a feature out of ceiling and roof support. Interesting designs of beams and support structures overhead, combined with new lighting fixtures, can make the space feel airy and inviting. Opening up an office can energize the room and the people in it. It also

makes the area much more versatile so you could change the furniture layout regularly to relieve monotony.Read More »

The Pros and Cons of Concrete Countertops

When choosing a new countertop for your kitchen, weigh up the pros and cons of concrete. This type of countertop is very popular today, mainly because it’s customizable, stylish, strong and durable.Every product on the market has pros and cons, so let’s look closer.

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A Concrete Countertop Can Be Stylish

Maybe the biggest negative idea people might have when they first think about a concrete countertop for their kitchen is that it would be gray and ugly. But it can look unique and amazing. Color options are almost unlimited. Staining techniques can convince people you have a gorgeous and one-of-a-kind piece of granite or marble in your kitchen. You can either match your existing motifs, furniture or appliances, or else create a standout feature.

Aside from the color, concrete countertops can also be given all kinds of shapes and textures. You could have one shaped like anything: a guitar, a boat, a sail, you name it. Or your concrete countertop could be embedded with tiles, stones or shells. It could even be a mosaic depicting a scene or image.

Concrete can also be less costly than marble or granite.

The Concrete Countertop Can Be Everything in One

There’s no need to buy a sink with drainboard. In fact, there’s no need for separate counter pieces to be cut and joined, either. A concrete countertop can include everything in one seamless piece. Therefore you won’t have to apply plumber’s putty or silicone around the sink. A backsplash may be able to be incorporated into the unit, also.

For other areas of the kitchen, concrete can be your all-purpose surface for everything from food preparation to party presentation to general workspace.

Kitchen-Concrete-CountertopsConcrete is Tough and Can Be Environmentally Friendly

Concrete can take the punishment of time and use better than other materials. It weathers and wears over time without major deterioration. A good company that makes concrete countertops will use only non-toxic materials sourced ethically and with minimal environmental impact.

The Cons of Concrete Countertops: Weight and Maintenance 

Like we said, all products have cons as well as pros. The most practical thing to consider with a concrete countertop is how heavy it is. While weight can provide stability and strength, your home and your kitchen must be able to support it. An experienced contractor will know how to check if your home is up to the task.

A concrete countertop also requires consistent maintenance. First, it needs a good sealant to protect it from stains. Then it needs resealing every couple of years. If this is not taken care of, any stain can become permanent. Most sealants can handle hot things being placed on them, but it’s best to play it safe and use pads and boards for hot plates and pots.

Look around at what is happening with concrete countertops today and the options open to you. Concrete may surprise you and could be an option that is very different than what you first thought.

Greg NelsonGreg Nelson is the owner of Nelson Construction & Renovations Inc. He is a Florida State Certified Building Contractor, creating artistry in all areas of design and construction projects. He is a musician, and artist. A husband and father, Greg appreciates all the wonderful elements of family life.

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5 Kitchen Remodeling Trends in 2014

Kitchen remodeling is one way you can put some spark back into your cooking space. As these popular ideas show, livening up your kitchen can be a huge breath of fresh air.

Concrete Countertop - nelson contstruction & renoConcrete Countertops

Sometimes remodeling your kitchen can be as easy as changing the countertops. Concrete countertops are all the rage in 2014 because they can provide a variety of stunning looks for your kitchen without breaking the bank.

The concrete countertop is very customizable. It can come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Not only can you have that beautiful look of stonework, it can also be simpler because the concrete countertop can include the sink all in one piece.Read More »

Best Colors for Spring and the Best People for the Job

best colors for springBest Colors for Spring and the Best People for the Job

Spring is a great time for homeowners to paint their homes because of the good weather in the season. This means fewer disruptions and issues during this time, while also having the right conditions to see which colors look best for your home.

Getting Started: Advice from Professionals

Painting a home is not as easy as you think. It has its own unique skills to be accomplished thoroughly and correctly, and this is why professionals can be very helpful.

From selecting the kind of paint and theme that suits your home to choosing the right equipment and preparing your home for spring painting, the professionals’ job is to help you and take the weight off your shoulders.Read More »

Top Reasons for Waterfall Kitchen Islands

Waterfall Kitchen IslandOne way to set your kitchen apart, more than just adding a regular island, is to have a waterfall kitchen island, which is fast becoming a trend in home styling.

Depending on the overall style of your kitchen, your budget, and your main purpose for the island, there are certain considerations that you need to look at when deciding to install a waterfall kitchen island.

What is a waterfall kitchen island?

Picture your new kitchen island with a beautiful countertop. Then continue that countertop surface flowing over the ends of the island and have it “cascading” down to the floor. It resembles a waterfall and looks sensational, almost like it’s one piece.

Does your kitchen have a modernized look?

A waterfall kitchen island works very well for a modern-style kitchen with clean lines because the (often) rounded edges give a very modern theme. Nelson Construction canRead More »

I’m Dreaming of a White… Kitchen

custom cabinetry all white kitchenWhen choosing a new color scheme for the kitchen, people often forget how cool, clean and sharp the color white can be.

An all-white kitchen? Absolutely! You might be amazed.

With the range of custom cabinetry available now, white can turn out to be stunning.

Clean and bright

White makes a room feel airy, bright and spacious. It can do the same in your kitchen.

Nelson Construction’s dedicated professionals can help you choose your new white cabinetry to be as simple and smooth as you like or to have patterns and dimensions to provide a sense of depth. With white, you have more choice than you might first think, becauseRead More »

Nelson Construction Takes First Place at NARI Tampa Bay – 2014 CotY Awards

Nelson Construction and Renovations recently won First Place in the NARI Contractor of the Year Awards!  NCR was recognized for outstanding work in the Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration category.
We restored an old pool house that was built circa 1920, turning an unusable structure into a luxurious guest house and outdoor dining area.

Nelson Construction and Renovations, Inc. won first place at the 2014 NARI Contractor of the Year Awards in Tampa for Residential Historical Renovation / Restoration

NARI recognizes outstanding work and ethical practices in the remodeling industry, and we are honored to receive this award.

Office Remodeling Ideas to Help Boost Productivity

office remodelingA comfortable and functional office space is not always easy to create for employees. It would be easy if everyone could have a bigger desk, but that would reduce available space or could even create the expense and hassle of looking for a bigger space. You will need to plan how the layout will work to maximize the space and comfort for employees.

There are many ways a desk can be more comfortable for an employee. The first rule in office remodeling is to consider ergonomics. It is important to make sure that desks are the right height, size (reasonably so) and width. It is a good idea to provide chairs that are adjustable, given possible turnover in job positions. And you need to make sure that workstations allow employees to work at their best.

Create divisions for better collaboration

This may seem almost contradictory, given that an open plan office seems to make everyone on the entire floor at one with each other, butRead More »

The Two-Sided Coin: When Bathroom Remodels Unite Unique and Useful

One side reads practical, the other says stunning. Flipping a coin when it comes to bathroom remodels is out of the question: you need to incorporate both for the best result.

The Functional Side of Bathroom Remodels: 

Not everything can be about beauty. So do some brainstorming about what will make your new bathroom fabulously

Unique and Useful Bathroom Renovation

functional, as well as good looking. Safety, efficiency, and adequate storage should all come to mind.

Safety is common sense in any room of your home, but the bathroom can present its own particular set of hazards. Designs for bathroom remodels should take into account the needs and ages of the bathroom users—are there seniors or young children in the home, for example, needing adaptations that aren’t necessarily standard?

Safety first: Here are a few solid bathroom safety tips to talk to your builder about:

  • Surefooted – Using slip-resistant materials in and around wet areas to guard against slips and falls.
  • No zaps, please – Protecting outlets with a ground-fault circuit interrupter. Your builder’s electrician can easily install these for you to prevent shocks if water and electricity come together.
  • This grabs me – Or the other way around. These days, grab bars in bathtub and shower areas don’t have to Read More »

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      • We were satisfied with the level of service we were given by Nelson Construction and Renovations. The project manager was very communicative. Any time I needed an answer, the Nelson Team was there. Everyone was very professional and courteous, and the end result is beautiful.


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      • On behalf of the whole CCHR Clearwater team, we would like to thank you and your company for the stellar work on our new building – which did open on time! Even though we were very pressed for time and things were very hectic, your supervisor remained stable and your work areas somehow remained organized.... Read More »

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      • Thank you for the job well done! I have renovated several houses and know the hassles that often come with these endeavors – dirt, delays, redo’s, cost, contract issues, etc. I was planning to renovate my kitchen for many months, but kept putting it off, simply trying to avoid the expected hassles. Once I finally... Read More »

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      • Mr. Nelson was my contractor for a major house renovation in March 2006 and also my office renovation in June 2006. He is a rare commodity in the construction industry. He is honest, efficient, on time, on schedule and overall a pleasure to deal with. In my area, where real estate values are climbing and... Read More »

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      • Our school was in great need of a new roof. Sorting through the various types of roofing and installations was very overwhelming, and for such a large project, we needed to be certain we were making the most cost-effect decision we could. So we hired Nelson Construction to be an Owner’s Representative to help navigate... Read More »

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      • Nelson Construction is a valued company, steadfast to a strict, honest and drug-free work environment. The most notable point of Nelson Construction’s service was the quality work and professional integrity. My project met all of my expectations and more. Project Images (*Click image to enlarge)

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      • The most notable part of Nelson Construction and Renovations’ service was their attention to detail. Great all around service and finished product!


      • Thank you for giving us a new home that we love. Every time we look around we are reminded that we made the right decision to go with Nelson. We shall recommend you to anyone who asks and would be happy to serve as references for potential clients.

        Margo & Ann

      • Your Concrete Design Website is very impressive. Beautifully put together and inviting to the design community.


      • In short, we love our home. It is gorgeous. The counter tops are amazing, the cabinetry is perfect. Overall we are so happy! Project Images (*Click image to enlarge)


      • We couldn’t be happier and we plan to use your company on any upcoming project that we have. The employees and subcontractors were very professional; it was something we noticed right away. The job site was cleaned every day, and my cleaning lady even noticed and told our friend about it. The level of communication... Read More »


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      • Nelson Construction delivers every time: quality product, on time and in budget, no surprises, no rip-offs, stellar service and product, communication and genuine interest in finishing the product 100% to my satisfaction (and theirs)!

        Stacey Tiveron - CEO - Trade Only Design Library (TODL)

      • I wanted to tell you how pleased I am with the work done by Nelson Construction & Renovations. The external deck and 2 stairways your company recently built at my North Clearwater Beach apartments exceeded my expectations. I was very impressed with every aspect of the operation in the work and the interaction with me... Read More »