In 2024, saving space while staying stylish is everything. Not only are homeowners looking for practical solutions to maximize every square foot, they are also seeking designs that add an illusion of space and openness. Read our four top space-saving hacks to transform your small spaces into functional and stylish havens.
We kept it simple for the small dining nook of this custom home we built in Clearwater. Clean lines, neutral colors, and a single pendant create a calm space overlooking the pool.
Exposed bulb orb pendant lighting over a kitchen island in one of our home remodel projects.
Exposed bulb lighting has become increasingly popular and looks like a trend that is here to stay. Rather than hiding the bulb behind an opaque shade, exposed light fixtures put the simple, sculptured form of the bulb on display, creating an outstanding point of interest.
For those captivated by the look, there are a remarkable variety of options. Pendant lights are one of the most popular and widely available forms. They are being chosen to replace chandeliers and track lighting and work wonderfully well over kitchen islands.
M.C. Jeff Baughman, Dominique and Greg Nelson Owners of Nelson Construction & Renovations, Inc.
Excitement was in the air at the 2019 NARI Tampa Bay 25th Anniversary Evening of Excellence as members gathered at The Birchwood in St. Petersburg, FL for dinner and the presentation of this year’s CotY (Contractor of the Year) awards.
NARI (the National Association of the Remodeling Industry) Tampa Bay members are professionals in the remodeling industry. The association includes professional remodeling contractors, product manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, trade and consumer publications, along with utilities and lending institutions.
Tampa Bay remodelers submit their completed projects to a variety of categories such as Entire House Remodels, Historic Home Remodels, Residential Interiors, Residential Exterior, Residential Additions, Universal Design, Commercial Interior, Outdoor Living and more.
Our projects are on the larger side of home additions, entire home remodels, and large remodels. We submitted two projects for consideration.Read More »
Not since the height of the 70’s have we seen brass so strongly embraced in interior design. Along with its other warm metallic counterparts (copper and bronze), brass is enjoying a huge revival. Beaten, folded or polished – designers are celebrating its luxurious, yet industrial appeal, making everything from chandeliers, pendant lights, tables, dressers, chairs, bath and kitchen fixtures and decorative accessories out of this ancient metal.
You would be hard pressed to find a room in your home that gets more use, in proportion to its size, than the bathroom. It stands to reason, then, that it should be the inner sanctum you want it to be.
Bathrooms are the most remodeled rooms in homes today. Despite their small size, without proper planning and professionalism, renovating them can cause some large inconvenience.
So, here is a straightforward, honest guide to your bathroom remodel, and what to expect going into it, so you can get through it more easily.
Expect Only A-1 Service from the Contractor and Designer
Few rooms in your home have plumbing, electrical, fixtures, cabinetry, HVAC, special flooring and much more all together in such a confined space. Therefore, expect to check out a few contractors and designers.
There is much more to a bathroom remodel than just the price or replacing the tub and sink. Consider some bathroom remodeling ideas that could really spruce up this frequently used room and make it unique and comforting as well as functional.
Add Simple, Unique Touches to the Shower
Create some extra storage by having alcoves inserted into the shower wall between the studs. Even just little shallow ones will break up the lines of the shower walls and be great for holding soaps, shampoo bottles, even toys.
Two shower heads! Side by side, with separate controls. So handy for couples or for children.
Give the bathroom a lift and yourself a little light show by embedding strips of
waterproof LEDs into the floor or the walls in front of the shower.Read More »
When you want to add value to your home, it’s because you will one day sell it. Therefore, you want it to sell for the best price you can get.
We all spend a significant portion of our lives in our bathrooms, and for some it may be the only alone time we get in the day. Making the bathroom(s) look and feel clean, modern and luxurious doesn’t mean you have to break the bank but it can have a great positive impact on would be buyers.Read More »
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
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 »
Bathroom remodeling can be a fun and exciting project, but even with experienced home building specialists at the helm, be prepared to make firm decisions about your preferences for the basic elements of design, materials and the final trimmings, including a good-looking mirror that suits the dimensions of the space. Before you get overwhelmed, read on for a great method to help you narrow it down.
There are many mirror manufacturers out there and plenty of options to choose from. One of the most important aspects of selecting the right bathroom mirror, however, is size. With a few simple measurements, it’s easy to determine a mirror’s suitability for a given space.
Bathroom Remodeling: Picking a Marvelous Mirror
When browsing for mirrors, decide whether you prefer a smooth or more textured metal finish, such as polished or brushed chrome, nickel or brass. Maybe wood is your thing, or even no frame at all. Be sure to complement theRead More »
Staying in a special 5-star hotel is always appealing, especially with such luxurious amenities as a marble bathroom with a roomy soaking tub and heated floor. When the holiday comes to an end, however, so does the daily pampering and you remind yourself that all good things do come to an end. Or do they?
The solution is to recreate that same lavish ambience under your own roof, with all of the indulgent perks your personal taste and imagination can conjure. A great bathroom remodeling project can turn your drab and time-worn bathroom into a unique and well-appointed spa experience, with all the comforts and familiarity of home.
Tips for 5-Star Bathroom Remodeling
Striking symmetry & simplicity – You’ve probably noticed that most great hotels have a particular décor theme for all of the rooms, often one that is tastefully simple with minimal clutter. When it comes to your own bathroom remodeling, consider a similar approach. Opt for subtle, luxurious colors, such as silver and white or champagne and ivory cream. If your bathroom is large enough, create symmetry byRead More »
I would hire Nelson CR again in a heartbeat. No construction new project and/or renovation is without issues. However, if you want a company and a team that will resolve those issues to your satisfaction then NCR is that company. The thoughtfulness, professionalism, quality of work, communication and a resolution oriented team are the best... Read More »
J.I., homeowner – whole home remodel
We would hire Nelson construction again without hesitation. The entire team, from the unseen to the seen, were dedicated, responsive, respectful, and patient while we lived through a beautiful renovation.
V.I., homeowner – whole home remodel
Nelson Construction out of Clearwater/Tampa fully remodeled our 7,900 sq ft home in Clearwater, Florida. To say they did a great job is an understatement. The qualities of this company extend beyond just a nice finish. Road blocks: Near the beginning of the remodel we ran into our first hidden challenge. To modify and create... Read More »
BZ, homeowner – historic home restoration/remodel
The staff at Nelson Construction do a fantastic job of caring for their customers. They care about their work, their products, and the customer’s satisfaction in the final result. I also greatly admire their attention to legal rudiments, which some contractors try to skirt or dodge. Nelson Construction operates within all ethical codes and boundaries,... Read More »
A.O. - American Power and Gas
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.
“We highly recommend Nelson Construction and Renovation, Inc. We are totally satisfied customers. Nelson Construction will always be our first recommendation to friends who want to build. “Our project was the 2014 renovation and expansion of a 600 square foot 1950’s bungalow in Safety Harbor’s historic district. Our goal was to create a space suitable... Read More »
Ann Morgan & Margo Pfleger, homeowners – home addition and whole home remodel
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 »
Jamie Blackstone - Renovations Supervisor – Citizens Commission on Human Rights
Nelson Construction and Renovations exceeded our expectations on our fairly good-sized job (new addition and complete living room and kitchen remodel). I have never worked with a company before that was this intent on making our project a total success AND was so fast and efficient. In addition to that, they routinely went above and... Read More »
Scott and Holly - Clearwater, FL
This letter is to commend Nelson Construction for the excellent job done on our kitchen renovation. When we returned from vacation we were surprised to see the difference and how great it all looked. We expected to see a mess, but everything was cleaned up perfectly; and your company did even more than we expected... Read More »
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 »
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 »
Michael Haldane - Managing Partner/Executive Producer – The Radke Film Group
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 »
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)
S.K. - Clearwater, FL
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
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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 »
You and your guys are the BEST!!! It is such a pleasure to be able to open my home and leave for the day and know there will not be a problem. Your staff is like family! Project Images (*Click image to enlarge)
Nelson Construction has been the best construction company that I have ever hired. I am sure that they are not the cheapest but they offer an excellent product and are very professional. They stayed in daily communication to let me know the status of the project. Their crew was friendly, courteous and conscientious. They showed... Read More »
Working with Nelson was like no other experience I’ve ever had–and I’ve done a ton of work on my very old house. They’re so professional and stayed in close communication with us. I will NEVER use any other contractor again! I can’t say enough good things!
Joy Gendusa - CEO - PostcardMania
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 »