Common Difficulties With Property Additions
Benefits of Home Additions
Should I Expand my Household?
Common Difficulties With Property Additions
Benefits of Home Additions
Should I Expand my Household?
I was recently talking to a buddy of mine who introduced me to one of his contractor friends. The company is Green Scene Irrigation and Landscaping and they’re located in Tennessee. When I met the owner of the company, he brought up the topic of a local award ceremony that happened in his city where he won an award for being one of the top landscapers around. This had me thinking about some of my buddies around town who offer different types of contracting services and the fact that they don’t get any kind of recognition.
Maybe there’s already an award ceremony of some kind for local businesses and I just haven’t heard about it yet. So if you know of something, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and let me know so that I can refer my subscribers to it! In the meantime, here’s how I think it should go:
For starters, Green Scene won an award for best landscapers in Franklin, TN. As it turns out there are several other awards that can be won too. I think that if we do a contractor award ceremony that the following categories should exist:
I may have missed some important categories, but those are the first that stick out in my mind as I write this. That doesn’t mean that I won’t think of others or that any others should be neglected. Rather, it means that we should start thinking of these great categories where we can award our local businesses for the hard work they put into keeping my city beautiful!
When I pick out a roofing contractor I want to know that they have been recognized for their quality and trust. I want to know that they’ve worked hard and that they’ve produced great results in my city. This way I know that my choice is going to be the right choice and that if I pay a lot for a new roof, at least I know that I’m in good hands.
The last thing that I want is to spend a fortune on a new roof and get nothing out of it. Or even worse, I dread the idea of getting some cheap quality work that will result in me having a house worse off than when I hired the contractor. Any way you look at it, I’m really looking for quality work.
Aside from contractors, (which was the inspiration for this blog) it would be great to reward other local businesses too. I think that by having dentists, chiropractors, surgeons, lawyers, pet stores, hair cutters, etc., we could end up with a really great thing for Omaha.
Again, this may have already been done somewhere and I just don’t know about it. I’m just suggesting this here and now because I haven’t seen it yet.
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I was recently in touch with an old friend of mine who I swear works with the Best Dentist on the planet. We knew each other from some time I spent in California a while back and had met when I had some rough dental work I needed done. They did a great job and I haven’t been able to find a good dentist since, which brought about the question “How am I ever going to find a good dentist now that I’m back in Omaha?”
There are a few factors that he recommended I take a look at when finding a good dentist in the Omaha area. The first thing he said to look at is the Yelp reviews. He said that anybody with an iPhone will automatically get Yelp reviews when they use the iPhone’s SIRI feature. You can see reviews of local dentists very quickly and easily.
Checking Yelp for a local dentist is one of the more obvious choices. If the dentist has several bad reviews, he’s not going to be a good dentist to visit. More than likely he’s incompetent. You can also check the dentist’s reviews on Google.
The guys at Baseline Dental Practice have several positive online reviews, and that’s probably part of the reason why so many people keep going there. It’s a lot easier to decide on a dentist that everyone says is great over a dentist who has no reviews or negative reviews.
The next thing he told me was to take a look at the website and read the pages about the doctor. When it comes down to it, it’s going to be all about your comfort with the dentist. You don’t want to walk into a dental practice and feel uncomfortable the moment you meet the doctor. He’s about to work on your mouth! So what you do is you go online, you type in a search for their website and you look at their picture, you find out a little about them, and decide if they’re someone you’d feel comfortable working on your teeth.
For some, they might feel most comfortable with a dentist who looks like they party, for others they may just want someone who looks and sounds conservative. Some people may feel more comfortable with a dentist who looks like he’s been working for decades while others may prefer a younger dentist because they believe he’ll have a steadier hand. Whatever the case may be, you can decide on this pretty easily by reading about the doctor on their “about” page.
The last thing is something you can also do while on the website. And that of course is that you can take a look at the dental office and decide if it’s an environment that you’d like to be in. For myself, I’m not very picky on what the office looks like, but I suppose if the walls were stained and the carpet was torn up, I wouldn’t be too excited about getting my dental work done there. So see if there’s some pictures of the office and if it looks like a decent environment.
In the end it’s going to all come down to what you feel comfortable with. You can determine this through a little bit of research. Figure out what kind of experience the doctor has, what people are saying about them, and weather or not you think it looks like a good place to go to.
As always, thanks for reading and be sure to share!
It’s pretty easy to want to call downtown Omaha, Nebraska home, but tough trying to decide on the perfect place to call home. Downtown Omaha has been going through some major commercial and residential projects in the last few years. Both new construction and repurposing beautiful old buildings are happening everywhere in downtown Omaha and all over Nebraska (one of our friends tells us The Painting Company of Omaha is working on some pretty nifty restoration projects for a museum in Nebraska). Here are just a few of the new and remodeled apartment buildings to check out.
The Wire located downtown at 100 S 19Th Ave. is a fabulous old brick building that has been tastefully and thoroughly redone and has all brand new apartments. The apartments are roomy with huge windows and beautiful hardwood floors. The stunning brick, concrete, and stone walls were left intact and give off an old home, safe, warm feeling about them. The Wire has a year around swimming pool, basketball court and an impressive sky deck that is a favorite hotspot with its tenants.
How about some totally industrial warehouse type modern decor, if you love concrete, bricks, pipes, and metal, then the Rochester Apartments located at 1015 N 14th. St. in the North Downtown area, is for you! Totally cool! Dogs and cats are welcome. Flexible lease and a coffee bar, game room, media center and movie theater are all readily available. There are planned social activities year around. You can choose an apartment with vaulted ceilings or a loft, and every apartment has a lot of room. Everything is new and done right. The high ceilings & duct work, ceiling fans, the modern industrial brick common areas are outstanding. Each unit has washers/dryers and large closets. The neighborhood and surrounding area are green with trees and grass which makes you want to walk or ride your bike and just be outside enjoying the fresh air.
If you like that feeling of being on top of the world, then the Highline Apartments is the home for you. The only high-rise apartment complex in downtown Omaha. The city skyline is breathtaking any time of the day or night. From the 17th-floor common area, the views of downtown are simply incredible. The rooftop area that overlooks Joslyn sculpture garden is always a pleasant place to be if you enjoy art. The Highline has an outdoor theater, a first-floor lounge, and the historic elevator shaft in the dining room, and the historic stairwell in the unit has been preserved wonderfully. Private terrace apartments are available, as are furnished apartments. You also have a choice of corporate suites, dens, breakfast nooks, offices, or dining rooms in your apartment. Located in the Park East area at 2223 Dodge St. the views of the river, downtown and even part of the zoo is seen from the rooftop. The Highline has a grand entrance that you will love coming home to any time of day or night. Huge windows and a ton of them, a fitness center & basketball court and instant hot water are available 24 hours a day.
The Corvina at 915 Jones St. in Heartland Park of America area in Omaha, NE, is a brand new mixed use building with 125 apartments. Dogs and cats are welcome. Garage space is available. The Corvina has a swimming pool, a car charging station, and even a car wash area. Gas and heat are included in your rent. The whole building is energy star certified. and each apartment has granite window sills and double pane windows. Tenants often hang out in the two-story lobby or the unique cabana. The Covina even offers renters insurance! There is a coffee bar and planned social activities year around. You can choose a furnished apartment.
The Slate apartment building at 119 S 19th St. right in the center of downtown was just finished in 2013 and every apartment has a private balcony or patio that you are sure to enjoy. The tenants favorite place to hang out at is the rooftop; the views are remarkable, and space, seating, and grills are frequently in use. The Slate is a vintage building that has been entirely renovated. Complete with an outdoor theater, a penthouse community room, a business center, a clubhouse, and a lounge area open to all tenants. The tall ceilings, eat in kitchens, granite countertops, and personal washer/dryers in your apartment are included. Garage parking is available.
The Bank Apartments at 206 S 19th St downtown Omaha are the place to live if you love architecture. The old original bank arches and designs are all intact. I’d love to enter this lobby to go home every day it’s simply incredible. The elevators are breathtaking and with the rich leather furniture throughout all of the common areas how can you not want to sit down and relax with your neighbors and friends. There is ample outdoor space. Grills, seating, and power outlets make it so you can spend all day outside viewing this magnificent city. There is an outdoor theater and free WIFI. Some apartments have skylights, and some are furnished if that’s what you need. There are trash chutes on every floor; you’ll love this if you’ve never had this luxury. There is an interior light court, and this building is a Historic Landmark. Each apartment has a kitchen pantry, and a washer/dryer. Elegant, is my word for the beauty of this building. It’s my number one choice, but my kids want a swimming pool ha-ha!
Skinner Macaroni Lofts at 1323 Jackson St in the Old Market area downtown, where you can bring your two cats along, has been done in the modern industrial look. There are exposed brick, concrete, duct work, pipes, and they did an excellent job of picking the right decor that goes magnificently with it! The ceilings are 14 feet high and the black cabinets and granite countertops in the apartments that compliment the design of the building perfectly. The spatial visual construction in each apartment is pleasing, the lighting and the way they built around the pipes, duct work, etc. are certainly conversations worthy. Valet dry cleaning services are available, as are garage parking. Super large windows give your home a lot of natural light and city views. The views are awesome, and the large eat-in kitchens can’t be beaten.
The Limelight at 325 S 16th St right in downtown Omaha was built in 2014. Dogs and cats are welcome and garage space available. There is a coffee bar. Loft layouts are available, as are eat in kitchen, the choice of a balcony, and ceiling fans. Each apartment has new stainless steel appliances. There is a small hint of an industrial feel with some exposed ductwork throughout the building.
Orpheum Tower at 405 to 409 S 16th St. Downtown Omaha is another historic building to choose for your home. Two cats are welcome to live with you. There are 16 stories of grandeur with all it’s original marble and time dated features kept original. Orpheum Tower is all new in 2013. Pet sitting is available! A guest apartment is available for short-term rental. There is a Zen garden and trash chutes are on every floor. The 11-foot ceilings and eight-foot windows are striking when you see them. Skylight apartments are available. Each apartment has stone counter tops, double pane windows, lots of closets, and storage space. Every apartment is an open concept, and the living areas are huge. There is crown molding, vaulted ceilings, and a grand open elevator area. The architecture is outstanding. I’d call it rich, dreamy, amazing and very modern. You are just steps from the Orpheum Theater. The views are amazing, and there are abundant exposures from every direction. Another of my favorite places.
The Bee Building could be found in the city of Omaha, in Nebraska, well at least it was until it was demolished. It was formerly located in downtown Omaha and was one of the most distinctive buildings within this part of the city. The Bee Building was built right next to the original City Hall of Omaha. If even anything it was grander than its immediate neighbor.
It happened to be called the Bee Building as it was where the Omaha Bee newspaper used to be printed. The exterior walls were also decorated in parts with bee hive carvings and the door knobs even had bee hives carvings on them too. These bees been included on the outside of the building was another reason for calling it the Bee Building.
The Bee Building was designed and built by the Solon Spencer Beman company with its foundation stone been laid in 1887 and the construction been completed the following year. The building was completed on time and it cost just a little under $500,000. At the time it was one of the best known building in the entire country, no doubt helped by the unusual bee features included on the exterior walls. It was in fact a seven story building with red granite walls. At various times through its history the newspaper shared the building with different banks and insurance companies. The Omaha Bee newspaper was the only one to use the building throughout its entire existence.
The Bee Building was ordered by the the man that owned the Omaha Bee and other publications in 1888. That man was named Edward Rosewater, and he wanted the building to be distinctive as well as elegant. At the time it was completed it was claimed that only the New York Herald had a more distinguished headquarters building in the whole of the United States. The Bee Building was built on land that at that point in time belonged to the Rosewater family. Indeed the land had originally been farmland before been built on. Edward Rosewater made far more money running a newspaper than from running a farm so using former farmland to build his new headquarters was an easy decision.
For Edward Rosewater the Bee Building was his pride and joy. He had ordered and paid for what he considered to be his ideal building. Indeed he spent most of the rest of his life there. Perhaps it was no surprise to people that knew him well that he actually died in the Bee Building. He died whilst working at his desk on September 1 1906.
Three years later the majority of the building was taken over by an insurance company when it was called the Mutual Benefit Health and Accident Association, prior to it changing its name to the Mutual of Omaha
back in 1944. The company are still in Omaha though they had to move premises due to the redevelopment of the site. The close connection between the Bee Building and the old City Hall continued right to the end. Both were knocked down during 1966 to be replaced by the Woodmen Tower.
The Gold Coast district is situated within Omaha, and it is a well known part of the city. There are without doubt features of the Gold Coast that make it an attractive both to visit and may be move there to live. It is known officially as the Gold Coast Historic District after it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places back in 1997. The district itself is actually located within the Midtown area of Omaha. The district became known as the Gold Coast as a reference to the expensive and by the standards of the time luxury homes built there during the 1920’s. During that period some of the most important as well as the richest people throughout the city of Omaha had their homes within the Gold Coast district. These include some of the most important people in the history of their city.
From the 1880’s through to the end of the 1940’s the Gold Coast taken as a whole was the district within Omaha that the rich, the well connected, and those that wanted to among the trendsetters wished to live in. Some of the large, manor like houses that the wealthier of these people had built now give the district its cultural and historical feel. These manors and large houses show why the district was considered to be the most prestigious within the city before the 1950’s. The area though has been well maintained and not fallen into disrepair so it in fact maintains all the charm that has always had. These houses are charming and elegant so there is plenty for a visitor to admire when they are looking around the district. Without a doubt the charm and the elegance of the district makes house prices higher.
For people that like the look and the style of these well built homes the neighborhoods of Blackstone and Cathedral are great places to visit. Should properties become available to buy outright or to lease then these neighborhoods are among the most appealing in Omaha. Then Joslyn also part of the Gold Coast district. The central attraction of Joslyn is the European inspired design of Joslyn Castle, which is now a museum open to the public. The castle certainly helps to add to the historical feel of the place, its mix and match of styles if anything just adds to the grandness of its design. As with other castles built during the same era it is designed that way to be a grander house to live in, as it would have not been militarily useful at all.
Besides the elegance of Roslyn Castle, visitors can admire Saunders School, and St Cecilia Cathedral as well as several manor houses in the district that have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places in their own right.
Visitors that like to visit historic places would definitely feel at home when they visit the Gold Coast. After all there a variety of places to visit, and people should consider moving into the district if they really like the district.
People who visit Omaha, Nebraska are often quite surprised with the Joslyn Museum. While a person might not think of culture and a cosmopolitan city when imagining Omaha, the are often stricken by the beautiful Joslyn Museum. The building itself is an important piece of modern American architecture. It’s a modern ‘Art Deco’ style masterpiece and it catches the eye and curiosity of many Omaha visitors.
There are several permanent galleries to visit at the the Joslyn museum, and several temporary galleries as well. The museum opened originally in 1931, and since that time it holds 11,000 pieces of art. The works include a beautiful collection of original Greek pottery, some Renaissance and Baroque works by Titian and Jacob Van Ruisdael and masterpieces by Impressionists artists like Claude Monet.
The focus of the art in The Joslyn Museum is on the artists of the America West. These collections include works by American artists who made their way up the Mississippi between 1828 and 1832. Many of the pieces reflect painting and art done by Native Americans, or painted pictures of Native Americans.
Recently the Joslyn Art Museum was awarded twenty-one new trees for their Discovery Garden. A beautiful garden, a nice visit will ensure a peaceful retreat while visiting the museum. The beautiful landscaping is serene and settling, and it’s a perfect place to spend quiet time. At the end of the spring, Joslyn Art Museum will have two hundred and fifty-seven individual trees. Furthermore, there will be seventy-four different kinds of trees! The garden is also home to several statues and sculptures, all very interesting. A person could spend an entire day outside the museum in the garden. It’s truly beautiful.
If you are in Omaha and you enjoy the arts, and want to soak in a little bit of culture, The Joslyn Museum would be a perfect place for you to visit. The building itself is an architectural wonder, and the collections give the visitor an ‘Old West’ feeling, yet by the same token there is a contemporary feel. The gardens are beautiful and there are so many interesting things to see. This museum is the pride of Omaha and it’s definitely worth taking the time to visit and enjoy. If you are relocating to Omaha, this museum should be visited often! Several collections come and go, and the permanent collections are so enjoyable.
For a calendar of events, please see the following link: https://www.joslyn.org/visit/lectures-music-and-special-events/
The Joslyn Art Museum hours and ticket prices are as follows:
Museum Hours:Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10 am – 4 pmThursday, 10 am – 8 pmSunday, 10 am – 4 pmClosed Mondays and major holidaysHours may change for special exhibitions
General Museum Admission: Free
If you’d like to donate to the museum, you can feel free to do so. The museum has been kept open over the years from donations of generous people who appreciate the arts, and who appreciate all the museum has to offer.
The Joslyn Museum of Art in Omaha, Nebraska is a one of a kind cultural experience. There is something for everyone, and a constant calendar of new events that people can attend for free. If you get to Omaha, live in Omaha, or relocate to Omaha, be sure to visit. You’ll be glad that you did!