Some of our recent stories about home construction, renovations and design.
A 60-pound stuffed beaver isn’t your usual living room décor. But for outdoorsman Daron Smith, it fits. His 3,700-square-foot home southwest of Beaver Lake, Nebraska, is a blend of his lifelong passion for the outdoors and his fondness for mementos from his family’s past.
A trip to a salvage yard for angle iron 12 years ago turned out to be a stroke of luck for an attorney with a knack for creating things.
“People who come here for parties are blown away because it’s so different,” Gerry Sullivan offers. “It’s funky and unique and very ‘Bob.’ He’s an artist, and this is just a continuation of his art.”
Interior designer Susan Hollertz bought the former Huntley schoolhouse in 1997 and has spent 20 years renovating it. This spring she decided to put it up for sale, and the asking price is $229,000.
Their goal was to create an exterior that better fit in the Fairacres neighborhood and an interior designed to be deliberate, useful and, ultimately, homey. Mission accomplished.
A Papillion couple creates their family's dream home — complete with an indoor slide, a putting green and color-changing mood lighting.
It was 2005 and their house at the time needed new carpeting. So Sondra and Jason Gerber starting looking at model homes for the latest ideas in flooring. He teasingly said to her, “You know, a new house comes with new carpet.” With that, their search took a new direction.
Leanne Hill Carlson is one of Omaha’s most recognizable stage presences, and unsurprisingly, her home has the kind of elegant glamour you’d associate with a versatile leading lady.
Craig Lee brings magic to the local stage as a scenic stylist for the Omaha Community Playhouse and Blue Barn Theatre. He used that magic on his own basement.
Today, the 6,000-square-foot mansion's yard is well-manicured, and the interior is restored to its once-regal nature. But when Jim and Barb Farho bought the home in 2002, the trees were overgrown and the house had become haggard. Few homes have a backstory like this one.
When David Klitz gave his partner a Christmas present in 2014, he packaged it with extra care and even more creativity. Inside were paint swatches, fabric samples and decorating ideas galore.
A kitchen peninsula. That’s what Bill and Nisi Wax jokingly dubbed the long counter that divided their kitchen and made for a cramped space. Dark overhead cabinets made the kitchen seem even smaller.
Jim and Claudia Fowler’s home holds a story of loss and resilience. After Claudia's cancer diagnosis, a devastating fire and her decline, “It was much more than just getting home,” Jim said. “It became a sacred place.”
Paige and Mike Lewis credit much of their enlightenment to Restoration Exchange Omaha’s Restore Omaha conference. To be held this weekend, the conference brings old-home craftsmen and owners of old homes together to make connections and share tips.
The metamorphosis — in two major expansions — has been a passion for the now-retired couple, who initially knew little about construction and carpentry, had a family to raise and an auto-body repair business to run.
Interior designer Leslie H. Berry may well have been the “Pucci of Omaha.”
The homeowners were drawn to Omaha designer Julia Russell's elegant-yet-casual decorating style blending classic elements with pops of contemporary flair in color, pattern and texture.
“I’ve always gravitated toward patterns and bold colors,” Megan Pettipoole says. “Fashion is a big influence.”
Once dauntingly beyond repair, a grand house on the hill now sparkles with personality and is filled with guests throughout the year.
A rock storage system controls the home’s temperature via an elaborate labyrinth of 200-plus ducts.
Sunday, their home will be on Restoration Exchange Omaha’s Fall Neighborhood Tour of Aksarben along with nine other homes and Mount Calvary Lutheran Church.
With no knowledge of the history behind the late-19th-century British-style home on Mercer Park Road, Carrie Derrick, an interior designer, purchased it in December, intending to renovate and resell it.
Small dwellings have become a viable option for young adults who either can’t afford or don’t want larger spaces, and for empty nesters looking to downsize. So how does one make the best use of such bitty spaces?
For Vanessa Barrett, life is one glorious treasure hunt.
The family, which also was looking for a new home that felt old, found its perfect place in an Elkhorn subdivision fittingly called Sanctuary, where 100-year-old bur oaks nestle among scenic rolling hills.
Loveland home keeps pace with its trees, thanks to architect owner
Christina Narwicz's 1,800-square-foot South Omaha live-work space, which was built in 1927 and originally housed a barbershop on one side and Rotella’s Italian Bakery on the other, is nestled on an industrial stretch of road less than a mile from the Old Market.
Louis Moisset's Northern Hills Estates home embraces modern European design inside and out.
Back in 1996, Barbara and Eric Hart knew their newly acquired house would be a challenge. They just didn't know how much of a challenge.
Homeowner and designer collaborate to create sophisticated style in Gretna home.
“I’m Type A, and I wanted a home for everything I own,” Candace Kalasky said. “I made a list of all my bowls, pots and pans and then made a list of where I wanted them to go.”
Rachel Boshart and husband Matt's most recent renovation shows creativity, resourcefulness and plenty of good humor.
Doug Krussel's family needed more room, but he couldn't leave his house. So instead he built higher, adding an entire new floor on top and more than doubling the square footage of his west Omaha home. “It’s a little over-the-top, but that’s what we wanted,” Doug said.