Remodeling and Home Design


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  • 20 Jun 2017 1:05 PM | Omaha NARI (Administrator)

    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 | Omaha NARI (Administrator)

    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!

  • 04 May 2017 8:55 AM | Omaha NARI (Administrator)

    Becoming active in the community and purchasing from local businesses has helped this company gain visibility and goodwill...

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  • 03 May 2017 4:54 PM | Omaha NARI (Administrator)

    Check out upcoming events and learn how you can earn 1 CEU this month with Omaha NARI. Click here!

  • 17 Apr 2017 8:28 AM | Omaha NARI (Administrator)

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you build it, they will stay.

    The small businesses that dominate the home remodeling industry are expecting robust growth in the next few years, thanks partly to baby boomers who want to remain in their homes.

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  • 12 Apr 2017 1:07 PM | Omaha NARI (Administrator)

    Friday, April 7, was a big day for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) community. NARI announced the 2017 Achievement during the National Presidents' Council Lunch. The event was held in Scottsdale, AZ. 

    All award winners demonstrate Remodeling Done Right, Omaha NARI was presented with the 2017 Community Service Award.

    Each year, the Greater Omaha NARI chapter dedicated its time and resources to the Omaha community to give back to the Omaha Metro community. Members gathered at South Omaha Victory Youth Boxing Club on Friday, October 21st and donated back with a much-needed remodeling cause. All labor and costs were provided by Omaha NARI members.

    The project was led by the NARI Community Service Committee, Chris Kudlucz, Contractors Siding, Window & Roofing Supply, Dan Reuting of Echo Systems and Mike Quinn of Quinn Insurance, Inc.

    Project materials and manpower were donated by:

    ·         Bratetic Construction Inc.

    ·         Contractors Window, Siding & Roofing Supplies

    ·         Echo Systems

    ·         Greater Omaha NARI

    ·         Jenkins Remodeling

    ·         OHARCO, Inc.

    ·         The Home Depot

    ·         Universal Electric

    Renovations Included:

    ·         Replacing 2 large broken windows

    ·         Installing multiple LED lights to cover the sides and rear of the outsides of the building, to increase security with automated lighting throughout the exterior of the building

    ·         Replacing the two side door lights with new LEDs

    ·         Installation of bathroom partitions in the girls’ locker room

    ·         New toilet in the restroom facilities.

    About Victory Boxing Club

    The Victory boxing club is located at 3009 R St in the heart of South Omaha. Victory Boxing Club & Community Center is a non-profit organization, committed to providing a safe refuge and a supportive community for the youth of South Omaha. For over ten years, Victory Boxing has worked with community youth to pursue principles of faith, excellence, and discipline inside the ring and in everyday life. They are committed to teach Christian values and life skills that help our boxers stay off the streets and in school. Competitive boxing teaches skills of discipline, patience, humility, and self-control, which also help our members succeed outside the ring. ###

  • 10 Apr 2017 9:07 PM | Omaha NARI (Administrator)

    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 APRIL NEWSLETTER!

  • 05 Apr 2017 1:13 PM | Omaha NARI (Administrator)

    About 1,300 future workers of Nebraska gathered this week at Fonner Park to compete in the 2017 SkillsUSA Nebraska Leadership and Skill Conference, which is making its debut in Grand Island.

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  • 06 Mar 2017 12:49 PM | Omaha NARI (Administrator)

    Check out the latest at Omaha NARI and more information on this month's meetings. 

    MARCH Newsletter

  • 01 Mar 2017 5:55 PM | Omaha NARI (Administrator)

    64 Omaha NARI members and guests attended the February 23rd luncheon at Omaha Public Schools Career Center to hear from Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.

    Mayor Stothert gave her the State of City Address covering a range of topics that impact the city, as well as the future of the remodeling and construction industry. Mayor Stothert opened up the room to Q & A and  answered a variety of questions pertaining the city inspections, permits and planning. Mayor Stothert plans to work with and address the following questions with the Permits & Planning Department:

    How can the time it takes fo residential remodel plan review be redcued? 

    How can the CEU hours for licensed contractors be tracked?

    How can contractor licensing and pulling permits be enforced? What happens if a contractor is found doing work and isn't licensed or isn't pulling permits?

    We were very excited and appreciative of Mayor Stotherts time with our group and thankful for her support of the Association and dedication to the industry.

    Thank you again to our host, Omaha Public Schools Career Center.

    Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is in her fourth year as mayor. Elected in 2013, she is the 51st Omaha mayor and the city's first woman to be elected to the office.

    Mayor Stothert's priorities are public safety, managing the city budget, job growth and economic development and improving the taxpayer experience -- so that every citizen receives excellent customer service when they interact with city government.

    In her first three years in office, Mayor Stothert has reduced the property tax rate twice, increased funding for the police department to hire dozens of new officers, improved city services and worked with the Omaha City Council to grow the city's population and tax base through annexation.

    She believes in open, transparent government and gets the most satisfaction from helping people solve problems.

    Stothert grew up in the St. Louis area and worked as a critical care nurse and later as head nurse and department head of cardiovascular surgery at St. Louis University, where she met her husband, Joe Stothert, M.D.

    In 1993, the Stothert family moved to Omaha from Galveston, Texas, when Dr. Stothert accepted a new position at Creighton University.

    When the Stotherts' two children, Elizabeth and Andrew, were old enough to go to school, Mayor Stothert became involved in their schools as a volunteer. Later, she was appointed and then elected to the Millard Board of Education and served 11 years, including three as President. In 2009, she was elected to the Omaha City Council, representing District 5 in southwest Omaha.

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