Remodeling and Home Design


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  • 27 Dec 2017 12:11 PM | Anonymous

    Our very own NARI Pro, HC Remodel & Design, featured in the Houzz Pro Spotlight: Maximize Your Space Without Major Construction!

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  • 11 Dec 2017 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    Omaha, NE- December 2017 —At the 2017 Chapter Holiday Party, Greater Omaha NARI Chapter Members were recognized for their support of Omaha NARI and awarded plaques for their efforts to support our mission.  Also, the Greater Omaha chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has elected their 2018 chapter leadership.  We are pleased to announce the Award Recipients and results from this election! Below you will find the recipients listed along with the Greater Omaha NARI 2018 Board of Directors that were elected to represent our members.

    2017 Chapter Award Winners:

    Rookie of the Year: Lowe’s Home Improvement of Papillion – Jaime Blanken

    Outstanding Member Awards:

    Contractor’s Windows, Siding & Roofing Supply – Chris Kudlucz
    Echo Systems – Dan Reuting

    Identity Marketing Group – Lynn McCormack

    LeafGuard by Midlands Home Solutions – James Hartkorn

    Superior Home Improvement – David Benson

    Quinn Insurance, Inc. – Mike Quinn

    Unique Stone Concepts – Jeremy Lehrke

    Member of the Year:

    Artistico – Stacey Muhle

    OHARCO, Inc. – Bill Sauter

    2017 Hall of Fame:

    Craig Pennell – CPTO, Inc.

    2017 Greater Omaha NARI Board of Directors:


    President: Dave Benson – Superior Home Improvement, LLC

    Vice President: Dan Reuting, Echo Systems

    Treasurer: Mike Modrcin - Window Innovations

     Secretary: Michele Shearer – Habitat for Humanity ReStore


    Board Members:

    Tim Manderfeld– McKean’s Floor to Ceiling

    Bill Sauter – OHARCO, Inc.

    Cathy Haldeman – HC Remodel & Design

    National Chapter Representatives:

    Stacie Muhle– Artistico


    Immediate Past President- Megan Bratetic– Bratetic Construction, Inc.

  • 01 Nov 2017 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    Community Involvement is a long-standing NARI objective. Investment in our communities is essential, and our members make it a priority to contribute to a wide range of charitable programs in the Omaha Metro.

    We were humbled to be able to "step in the ring" and participate in a project that contributed lighting, window and bathroom updates to the Victory Boxing Club & Community Center in South Omaha.

    Omaha NARI believes in giving back to the community in which members live and work. Each year, the Omaha NARI chapter has community involvement where financial contributions and volunteer time is provided to many local organizations and charitable events in the Omaha Metro community.

    Friday, October 13th  local members of the Omaha NARI chapter gathered materials and volunteers to provide facility updates for the South Omaha Victory Boxing Club, as part of their commitment to give back. The project involved the following:

    1. a.       Install mirrors above sink 
    2. b.       Remove old ceiling light and install new fluorescent 

    2)      Men's Locker Room

    1. a.       Install mirrors above sink
    2. b.       Remove old ceiling light and install new fluorescent 
    3. c.       Install partition 

    3)      Main Office

    1. a.       Remove storage cubes from west wall
    2. b.       Install new bracket shelving

    4)      Gym

    1. a.       Install storage cubes from main office
    2. b.       Install new wiring and conduit for new fans
    3. c.       Install 2 new high capacity ceiling fans 

    5)      Up Offices

           1. a.      Replace multiple windows 

    Thank you to the following NARI Community Service Committee for making this project happen

    Chris Kudlacz, Contractors Siding, Window, & Roofing Supply

    Dan Reuting, Echo Systems

    Thank you to the following NARI members for volunteering

    Bratetic Construction Inc. Staff

    Dave Benson, Superior Home Improvement, LLC

    Josh Hansen, Completely Square

    Chris Kudlacz, Contractors Siding, Window, & Roofing Supply

    Lynn McCormack, Identity Marketing Group

    Mike Modrcin, Window Innovations

    Kim Palmer, KLP, Inc.

    Bill Sauter, OHARCO, Inc.

    Michele Shearer, Habitat for Humanity ReStore

    Mike Quinn, Quinn Insurance Inc.

    Universal Electric Staff

    Thank you to the following NARI members for donating materials to complete this project

    Castle Glass LLC

    Contractors Siding, Window, & Roofing Supply

    Echo Systems

    Quinn Insurance Inc.

    Lowe's of Papillion

    OHARCO, Inc.

    Superior Home Improvement, LLC

    Window Innovations

    Universal Electric

  • 02 Oct 2017 8:04 AM | Anonymous

    Congrats to Stacie Muhle, Artistico and Omaha NARI Board Member for completing the training and testing to achieve her NARI Certified Remodeling Project Manager (CRPM) certification.

    When you hire a professional to do remodeling work on your home, you need to know that the remodeling contractor you choose is a full-time, dedicated remodeling professional. NARI's certification programs offer this assurance through its extensive screening and testing process. You can be assured that any time you hire someone with a NARI certification, you are hiring an individual who has made a strong commitment to his or her business. NARI certification is a challenging process, requiring extensive knowledge of the industry and a commitment to professional conduct. 

    Even highly experienced and skilled remodelers find the screening and testing process formidable. And because no one is eligible for certification until they have been actively involved in the remodeling industry for at least two to five years, you know that the NARI certified professional you hire has had a number of years to develop the experience and skills that can only be gained through extensive hands-on practice.

    Stacie joins the following NARI Members who have earned certifications to be NARI Certified Pros


    Megan Bratetic, CR, Bratetic Construction, Inc.

    Gregg Studanski, CR, CKBR, G & J Remodeling 

    Joseph L. Knutson, CR, CKBR, Knutson Construction Services 

    Chris Oldenhuis, CR,CKBR, Oldenhuis Contracting Inc. 

    Terry Hurt, CR, T. Hurt Construction and C & H Construction

     Larry Voller, CR, Voller Contracting 


    Gregg Studanski, CR, CKBR, G & J Remodeling 

    Joseph L. Knutson, CR, CKBR, Knutson Construction Services 

    Chris Oldenhuis, CR, CKBR, Oldenhuis Contracting Inc. 

    Anita Wiechman, CKBR, Interior Design Group


    Jarek Charvat, C & H Construction 


    Sara Lorenz, UDCP, T. Hurt Construction

  • 12 Sep 2017 10:05 AM | Anonymous

    Gitt Construction has been selected by REMODELING magazine to join the REMODELING Big50. Each year since 1986, the REMODELING Big50 inducts 50 remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry at large. Big50 remodelers run successful, often growing, companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising industry standards.

    “To give a sense of how unique this status is, consider there are roughly 92,000 remodeling firms in America with paid staff,” noted Craig Webb, REMODELING’s Editor-in-Chief. “Since 1986, we have selected only about 1,550 firms. That’s 1.7% of all the remodeling businesses in the country.”

    “We are honored to receive this distinction,” says Mike Gitt, Owner/General Contractor, of Gitt Construction. “The award recognizes excellence and leadership, and we are privileged to be named to this select group of remodelers.”

    REMODELING editors, columnists, industry leaders, and companies themselves make the nominations each year. Following a lengthy evaluation and interview process, the editors select the 50 companies who exemplify the best of the industry that year, and who have something to offer other remodelers in proven practices.

    The Big50 selection process has become increasingly rigorous in recent years, and the result, REMODELING editors believe, is one of the strongest classes to date. “Uniting the 2017 inductees are high standards and a determination to excel. They are taking the opportunity to build or adopt new efficiencies into their systems and processes— ensuring that they are poised to meet their sales, production, and customer-service goals and continue to thrive,” according to REMODELING.

    The Big50 awards will be presented at a dinner at the Remodelers Summit and Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in Minneapolis. The 2017 Big50 winners will be featured in the September issue of REMODELING, a national trade publication read by more than 150,000 professional remodeling contractors, with longer profiles of the winners posted on the REMODELING website,

    REMODELING, published by Hanley Wood, is the leading publication in the home improvement industry. REMODELING has and continues to be the indispensable tool that remodelers cannot do without—delivering the business know-how, product and technical information that home improvement pros need to help make smart decisions that will shape their success.

    Gitt Construction Incorporated is a locally owned and operated, fully licensed and insured, leading full-service construction company in Omaha, Nebraska and surrounding area, specializing in designing, building and remodeling of residential properties. Gitt Construction was established in 2006, by owner/operator, Mike Gitt, and is an active member of the Omaha NARI Chapter. Capabilities include: kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basements, additions, decks, bars, 3 season rooms, covered decks, garages and full service remodeling and design.

    The quality of our work, attention to detail, project completion in a timely manner and within budget are unmatched. You can contact Gitt Construction Inc. at 10215 S. 168th Street, Suite 106, Omaha, Nebraska 68136. Phone 402.740.9551,

  • 29 Aug 2017 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    See the full layout at NARI_Big Give.pdf

  • 28 Jun 2017 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    This July 4th declare some independence from your busy schedule and enjoy whats happening in the NARI Newsletter

  • 23 Jun 2017 8:19 AM | Anonymous

    Greater Omaha NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) has donated $500 to grant the wish of a child for Make-A-Wish Nebraska.

    Each year the Omaha NARI Remodeled Home Tour (RHT) Committee selects a local charity to donate a portion of their April tour ticket sales. This year, the committee selected Make-A-Wish Nebraska.

    The Omaha NARI Board of Directors was proud to present a check for $500 to Make-A-Wish Nebraska at the June NARI Membership Meeting, hosted by Johnson Hardware Co., LLC. 

    About Make-A-Wish:

    Wishes are more than just a nice thing A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a life-threatening medical condition. This one belief guides us in everything we do at Make-A-Wish®. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. It compels us to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid. It drives us to make our donated resources go as far as possible. Most of all, it's the founding principle of our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.

  • 20 Jun 2017 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    Greater Omaha NARI announces Bratetic as new Certified Remodeler


    (Omaha, NE)  – Greater Omaha NARI is proud to announce Megan Bratetic, CR, Bratetic Construction, Inc. as the most recent member to become certified by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

    “This designation proves a remodeling contractor’s knowledge, technical comprehension and skill in remodeling.” said Sarah Jensen, Omaha NARI Executive Director.

    NARI’s certification programs are designed to set high standards for the remodeling industry, with the goal of increasing the level of professionalism and driving customer satisfaction and profitability for the company. For homeowners, these standards also ensure that the remodeling professional you invite into your home will be capable of addressing your home improvement needs, having participated in an extensive education program, testing and review.

     “The Certified Remodeler program was much more a challenge than I had anticipated, but it challenged me to research information and do my homework,” said Bratetic.  “In addition,” she continued, “it instills confidence with our clients to have the most up-to-date certification available in the industry.”

    The 8 week course is open to professionals who have been working in the remodeling field for a minimum of five consecutive years and have some degree of education or training in that area of study.

    Certified individuals must complete continuing education requirements on an annual basis to retain their certifications by attending industry-related seminars, workshops and classes each year to keep their knowledge current. Certified professionals must also adhere to NARI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

    The list of certified individuals is as follows:


    Megan Bratetic, CR, Bratetic Construction, Inc. – Kennard, NE

    Gregg Studanski, CR, CKBR, G & J Remodeling – Omaha, NE

    Joseph L. Knutson, CR, CKBR, Knutson Construction Services - Omaha, NE

    Chris Oldenhuis, CR, CKBR, Oldenhuis Contracting Inc. – Omaha, NE

    Terry Hurt, CR, T. Hurt Construction and C & H Construction – Omaha, NE

    Larry Voller, CR, Voller Contracting – Omaha, NE


    Anita Wiechman, CKBR, Interior Design Group – Omaha, NE

    Gregg Studanski, CR, CKBR, G & J Remodeling - Omaha, NE

    Joseph L. Knutson, CR, CKBR, Knutson Construction Services – Omaha, NE

    Chris Oldenhuis, CR, CKBR, Oldenhuis Contracting Inc.  – Omaha, NE


    Jarek Charvat, C & H Construction – Omaha, NE


    Sara Lorenz, UDCP, T. Hurt Construction – Omaha, NE

    Consumers may wish to search to find a qualified professional who is a member of NARI or call Omaha NARI at (402) 331-1718 and request a free copy of NARI’s brochure, “How to Select a Remodeling Professional.” 

  • 30 May 2017 3:56 PM | Anonymous

    Don't miss out on anything NARI this month! Check out what is happening at this month's NARI membership meeting and other future events. View the OMAHA NARI JUNE NEWSLETTER!

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