Main Bath Renovation

Bathroom renovations always present challenges. You never know what you will find when you start demo. Our past clients recently renovated their main bath and sent us their results:

There were two main problems they had with the bathroom.  First, the subfloor had previous water damage and the toilet was sinking.  Second, the vanity was too large for the space, which prevented them from completely pulling the shower curtain or even shutting the bathroom door without stepping out of the way.

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Here are the things that they did:

* Replaced the subfloor and laminate flooring with Style Selections Floriana Heather porcelain tile from Lowe’s

* Replaced the dark, over-sized vanity with a slightly smaller space-saving depth white vanity we ordered from Millard Lumber

* Replaced vanity top with quartzite remnant from Stone Concepts

* Chrome cabinet hardware and faucet

* Painted walls Sharkskin by Pittsburg Paints in satin finish

* Painted trim and in Sherwin Williams ProClassic Waterbased Alcrylic Alkyd Enamel in Extra White

* Replaced the too-small round mirror with a larger one in satin nickel finish from HomeGoods and got new chrome sconces from Lowe’s

* Replaced the handicap bars with towel racks in oil-rubbed bronze finish

The results:

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Mosquito Control

Summer is coming which means more time outside and protecting ourselves from those pesky mosquitoes. If you are like us, you like relaxing on the patio in the evening but hate to get eaten up by mosquitoes. So we compiled a list of ways to get rid or at least reduce those mosquito bites. After combing through the internet, we put together a comprehensive list to reduce those pesky bites!

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  • Spray your yard with bug control spray – there are many brands at your local hardware store. The internet also has homemade natural outdoor sprays that you can try. Try this recipe at Frugal Homekeeping.
  • Spray yourself with bug repellent
    • Anything with DEET has been proven to be an effective way to get rid of mosquitoes. Wristbands are shown to be the most effective to repel mosquitoes
    • Natural and Homemade – if you don’t like the idea of spraying chemicals then you can also try other natural products. Here is a recipe for a natural homemade bug spray. Skin So Soft also has a good reputation for keeping mosquitoes away.

2. Plants – try some of these plants in pots or in the ground


  • Lemongrass
  • Lavender
  • Marigolds
  • Geraniums
  • Sage
  • Basil
  • Catnip
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Geranium
  • Citronella Grass

Below is a guide to planting a mosquito repellent pot on your patio


3. Use your firepit – the smoke from the firepit will keep the bugs away. Add some sage to your fire to help get rid of those bugs. You can make sage bundles to throw on top of the firepit or BBQ 5f84e8c6198789611a572566bcc023f3

4. Citronella – burn candles. Here is a DIY citronella candle tutorial 13b9412ca80bc6fdc17f8727818988ec

5. Bug Zappers- here are some updated bug zappers. Here is also a link to a homemade mosquito trap

6. Garlic – some people put garlic all around their yard and some take garlic supplements themselves to repel mosquitoes

7. Vics Vapor Rub – use Vics on your wrists and neck to repel mosquitos

8. Fans – keep the air flowing to get rid of mosquitoes





Teenager Bedroom Makeover

It can be tricky to match your preteen or teenager’s design style to your own home design style. This was the challenge our past client had when renovating her daughter’s room. Here is their renovation story:

We recently did a bunch of work in my daughter’s room.

Room as it started (messy and pre teen like.)


Thankfully, she’s no longer at an age where everything has to be pink, she wanted teal. I told her a lot of teal is pretty dark, so we settled on striping one wall with two shades of teal, we chose a warm yellow as the main wall color.

We painted the wall that we wanted to stripe a week ahead of time in yellow:


Then, we measured and taped for our stripes:


We used two colors of teal, one in an eggshell and the other in a satin for added interest


Paint is Menard’s least expensive brand, it worked just fine for our purposes.

Finished striped wall:


We did have to do a bit of touch up on the wall after the fact, with an art brush.

We also painted all her furniture to either refresh or match. We used a spray primer for the two items we weren’t sure were latex paint previously. It was such a fast option that it was well worth the extra cost of a spray can.

The finished room:


Fit for a preteen, and should grow well with her in the upcoming years.


Goodbye Kitchen Carpet

Carpet in the kitchen and bathroom are usually one of the renovations most homeowners want to change when they move into their new house. One of our past clients recently sent us her kitchen carpet removal story. Thanks for sharing and the new floor looks fantastic!

Our kitchen and dining room floor came with a white carpet when we bought the house. I don’t really think carpet belongs in those rooms.


We spent a lot of time trying to figure out what we’d like to do about the flooring, it seemed like such a huge decision. And, we wanted to make sure it was done properly so we did hire out on this project. We settled on Luxury vinyl tile, congoleum duraceramic. We decided to do some of the work ourselves to prep the floor. We did all the furniture moving, and we removed the carpet and pad and cleaned up the floor. We even found the original linoleum under the carpet:


It was a 2 day job once the installers arrived


We decided we weren’t a very formal couple, so we wanted something artsy, casual, warm, and with texture. As a fiber artist, I really enjoyed picking out something that looked like linen to me. This tile was installed in a herringbone pattern.


Rain Rain Go Away

Most people love sleeping to the sound of rain but not if you have water problems in your home.  Water issues can be caused by many factors. Here are some things to address around your house to decrease water problems:

  • Are your gutters clean?
  • Do you have the grade built up around your home (was this an item in your home inspection that you have not addressed yet?)
  • Do you have extra long extensions on gutters?
  • Do you have cracks in foundation that need to be sealed?
  • Do you have a sump pump? Is it running correctly? Does it have an alarm in case it fails?

If you are tired of water in your house you can also call for waterproofing options. The following are some reputable companies in Omaha:

Here are some more ways you can solve water problems on your own:

  • Try a french drain – many landscaping companies can install these but you can also do this yourself.
    Here’s how to do it:
    1. Dig a trench along the outside of your footing.
    2. Lay the pipe on the soil.
    3. Cover the pipe with at least 12 inches of washed gravel.
    4. Lay filter fabric over the gravel to prevent any soil from clogging the pipe.
    5. Back-fill the foundation with top soil back to its original grade height.


  • Install a channel drain – if you have a driveway that slopes towards the house this might be your solution. Check out this Old House video:



  • Build a dry well

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Hope some of these ideas help waterproof your home!



Mother’s Day DIY Craft Projects

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Nothing planned yet here are some quick DIY gift ideas every Mother will love! All of these ideas were found on Pinterest. Follow us on Pinterest for more ideas

Here is an idea for the Mom who loves to garden. Put bulbs or seeds in the pot and tie with a pretty ribbon:


For the mom who likes to cook:


I did this last year for Grandmother Gifts and it turned out super cute:


The coffee drinking mom:


One last quick idea, that moms and grandmas will love:


Happy Mother’s Day from Omaha Home Equity Group!

Garage Storage

Storage is always an important feature in a house and something that most home buyers look for when purchasing. Our clients ran into this problem when they purchased their new home. After pricing out some different options to increase their storage space, the homeowners decided on a simple but effective solution. They came up with the idea to build shelving above the garage doors.  They started with 2x12s on the wall, anchored in at the studs.  Then they used 2x4s and steel brackets to hold everything in place.  Now, when they open the door, everything is out of site, and the cost was much more manageable. This is a great solution to storage and helps keep them organized. Thanks for sharing your home solution with us! Check out our Pinterest Page for more garage storage ideas.