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Stefan Carlson, Author at Carlson Projects Inc

Deck Builders Lincoln NE

October 30, 2014 | By | 3 Comments

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Carlson Projects: Your Deck Builders

We had great time this last summer season working on various deck builds. Here are some pictures of our most recent deck project here in Lincoln.

This project was a big under taking with almost 1400 sqft of decking this deck is one of the largest we’ve done before and it turned out great. We added three benches with built in storage and a bar complete with electrical outlets to run blenders and crock pots. The deck surface is all cedar sealed with Australian timber oil.

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Lakeside Deck and Dock Lincoln, NE

Built in outdoor bar and Benches

Built in outdoor bar and Benches

This small deck was fun because we got to do hidden fasteners. this means there are no screws showing on the deck which really brings out the grain in the wood.

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Deck builders lincoln, NE

Deck builders lincoln, NE

This covered porch and patio was a great full back yard transformation. The construction of this covered porch is completely built out of cedar including the ceiling which is a cedar tongue and groove plank that gives a very seamless and outdoorsy look to it.  It also features a ceiling fan to keep cool on those warm summer days along with outlets to run any portable heaters you may need on the cooler fall mornings and nights.

Deck projects Before Picture

Deck Project Before Picture

Deck and Patio lincoln, NE

Deck and Patio lincoln, NE

covered patio Lincoln ne

covered patio Lincoln ne

Composite timbertech decking with hidden fasteners. It may be a small deck but this beautiful composite decking will stand the test of time and is piratically maintenance free.

Composite decking lincoln ne

Composite decking lincoln ne

Have a deck project you want done on your home? We are your deck builders!

Aging In Place Specialist on Carlson Projects Staff.

January 22, 2014 | By | One Comment

We are pleased to announce that Stefan Carlson has received the aging in place specialist certification from the National Home Builders Association (NHAB).

What is a Aging In Place Specialist?

An aging in place specialist is someone who has gone through the training program put on by the national home builders association NHAB in these classes they learn everything from lighting to flooring and how it effects us as we age. This allows a unique perspective when we walk into a home to see things that the average eye wouldn’t catch. If you have any questions about how you could have your home evaluated by our aging in place specialist free to call Stefan at 402-499-4169 or email him at

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Why does my roof leak during the winter?

January 3, 2014 | By | No Comments

Why does my Roof leak during the winter?


Oh the Holidays. The Carols, the Lights The eggnog and Cheer.  The dark circles that suddenly appear, on your ceiling. It hasn’t rained for a while and not to much snow. So what are these Phantom circles you ask? Good Question.


Here are the most common causes of the winter question of “why does my roof leak in winter?”. These are in no particular order.


1.Roof Vents designed without a filter can let a fine wind driven snow to blow in. This piles up in the attic while it remains cold, but after it warms up outside to above freezing the snow begins to melt and can start to drip and stain the ceiling. The snow once melted will go away and it may be several years before these conditions occur again. Simple solution, the hardware stores sell a commercial filter that will come in a roll, Usually Blue and about 1″ thick. This can be cut with a scissors and friction fit into bottom of the vent or if you can around the up right portion of the vent. The filter blocks the snow but allows the air to flow freely.

Why does my roof leak

Stains around vent show where water has been leaking in.

2. Condensation on pipes that vent through the attic. Heating or furnace pipes are warm and carry warm moist air right up the pipe. The warm air rises and collects on the cap and then runs back sometimes into the double wall pipe. The water is trapped within the double wall until it finds a escape. Most usually at a bend  in the pipe or elbow. The water then drips into attic and onto the ceiling. One solution My heating and air friend use’s is , Remove the cap and seal the top of the double wall pipe with a high heat silicone or Urethane sealant then re-install the cap. The sealant keeps the water from getting into the pipe, simple solution.

Why does my roof leak

Why does my roof leak

Why does my roof leak


3. Are your bath fan vents Insulated and through
the roof? Same as number 1. the bath vent transfers warm moist heated air into
the attic. This can cause several problems. Too much moisture in the attic can
cause the roof sheeting to swell and buckle, this is an expensive fix. Moist
attic combined with poor ventilation can cause mold build up. This can be a
health problem as well. Simple solution, make sure vents extend through the
roof and have a backflow flap on the vent. The pipe should be insulated to keep
from condensation. Make sure the attic is properly

Why does my roof leak

Non insulated bath vent pipe.

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New insulated vent pipe.


Ice Dams are formed when the temperature outside, warms above freezing during the day and melts snow and re-freezes overnight. This occurs on the cool part of the eave or the non heated surface of the roof. Then this cycle of thaw and re-freeze continues until the ice forms so thick that it causes water to dam and run backward underneath shingles.




Basement Finish

December 27, 2013 | By | No Comments

Basement Finish

Here are some current pictures of our most recent basement finish project that is still in process. This house was built with an unfinished basement which made this remodeling strangely easy. Carlson Projects is so used to going in and fixing whatever a previous contractor did that this was a refreshing change of pace. We love doing these type basement finish projects because it allows the customer and our design team to be able to pick out what the space really needs and what the spaces potential can really be!

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5 tips to prevent falls in the home.

November 27, 2013 | By | No Comments

5 tips to prevent falls in the home.

Falls in the home are a very big issue especially for the elderly but, does this have to be such a big issue? Here are some statistics on falls in the home as well as 5 small ways falls in the home are preventable.

Here’s what the CDC had to say about a few statistics on falls in the home.  

  • One out of three older adults (those aged 65 or older) falls each year but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it.
  • Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.
  • In 2010, 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 662,000 of these patients were hospitalized.
  • In 2010, the direct medical costs of falls, adjusted for inflation, was $30 billion.

So how can we start to prevent these falls in the home? Here are 5 easy things to do that take minimal cost and time.

  1. Exercise on a regular basis It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance. Classes for things such as tai chi and yoga can be done at minimal cost. In Lincoln, NE i would highly suggest calling up Aging Partners or your local YMCA.
  2. Have a certified aging in place specialist come through you or your loved ones home to do a full home assessment, this is a free way to get ideas on how you could change small things all around your house.
  3. In home care services, are a great way for you or your loved ones to stay safe in the home. In home care services aren’t just for medical purposes, they are great at helping with simple things such as, meals, laundry, shooting the breeze, and light house keeping. We have been blessed in Lincoln, NE to have such great service providers such as, Guardian Angels, Home Instead, and Care Consultants.
  4. Be up to date on medications, if you don’t regularly talk to your doctor about medical conditions or new our past date medications, it can be a big hazard to you or your loved ones health. Balance can be thrown off very easily by one wrong medication.
  5. Add grab bars they are relatively easily installed by a certified aging in place specialist. These small grab bars can be put anywhere not just a bathroom anywhere where you or a loved one needs help keeping balance such as stairs maybe even getting out of the favorite rocking chair.

Grab bars alongside stairs.Carlson projects roofing and remodeling team




ADA Remodel By Homes-For-Life, A Product Line Of Carlson Projects

October 22, 2013 | By | No Comments

We are just finishing up our most recent ADA remodel with our new product line called Homes for life. What is homes for life? Homes-for-life remodeling is home modification, it is modifying your home or commercial space to make it fit you best. This issue of staying in your home longer is not new, it is however a growing need. With the number of people over 65 in lincoln alone being over 35,000 it is a huge need! This is our niche, this is where we love to serve where a need is we want to be. We have a love for solving problems,  and we solve these problems by using our 20 plus years experience in the industry to implement solutions that not only fit your budget but, fit your life style.

Plumbing and electrical down by, Bob Nohavec and JK Electric.

Call 402-499-4169 “People First, Quality Second, Innovation Third”.

ADA Remodel Pictures.

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Get your roof ready for winter in the midwest?

September 24, 2013 | By | No Comments

Top 4 things to get your roof ready for winter.

Winter is just around the corner, and in the midwest this time of year is critical to having your roof not leak. Don’t let your roof look like this.

Get your roof ready for winter

1. Make sure all your flashing are in good condition.  

This can be a huge problem when it comes to winter, if you do not have proper flashings around pipes and chimneys where snow and ice will collect you will have a leak regardless the circumstances. this is a picture of a pipe that has no flashing around it to shed the water, this is basically like putting a funnel on top of your home. This is not what you want on your roof here is what it should look like with a proper lead flashing.

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2. Clean your gutters, this seems like a very small thing in comparison to the whole roof but if your gutters are full of leafs and branches it will cause a big problem. When the snow melts and begins refreezing this will create a dam in your gutters which could lead to a whole number of things.

3. Have an inspection of your whole roof done, we can do this at minimal cost and it can save you from a whole bunch of headaches through the winter. If we find something that needs to be addressed you will be presented with photos of the problem then, we will walk you through how we propose to repair it the best way and most cost effective for you.

4. Check your shingles. This may seem like an obvious thing but when we look at shingles we view them in a different way then the way most people do. We examine look, texture, and durability, we also check for hail or tree branch damage as we walk around a roof.

If you need help to get your roof ready for winter don’t hesitate to call us today!




Why should i buy a new roof?

September 19, 2013 | By | No Comments

Why buy a new roof if my old one isn’t leaking?  

We understand this question because when you buy a roof it is not a small commitment, it is normally thousands of dollars and a hard decision to bring yourself to spend that kind of money on a roof. Well here’s a few quick things to help you make the right decision when buying a new roof. To answer that question we really have to observe the roof your talking about.

“Why should i buy a new roof?”

if your roof looks like this, then you are looking one of two things.

why should i buy a new roof


1. You most likely have a warranty issue which can be a good and bad thing. It could be good because you can now receive some money back from the shingle manufacturer. why it could be a band thing is if the previous own did not transfer the warrantee to you. When you buy a new house the warrantee for the shingles has to transfer to the new owner to be able to get money back from the manufacturer.

2. Ventilation can also be a huge contributing factor to this problem. Think of your roof like a boiling pot of hot water with a lid on it once that water started to become hot what showed up on the lid? Condensation did, and the only way to relieve that condensation and steam is to pick up the lid. Your roof is quite similar to this without ventilation, with scorching hot temps in summer your attic becomes a humid hot pot with nowhere for that hot air to escape the condensation practically boils your shingles. Without ventilation your shingles begin to curly.

“Why should i buy a new roof?” if your roof look like this heres what is most likely the problem is.

why should i buy a new roof

1. This is most definitely hail damage. If you were already had a leaky roof then your are luck you will get money back from your home insurance company and that leak will be solved. Either way you should receive insurance money for this.

Lastly if your roof is showing just minor wear like this without any leaks. This means your critical areas such as, valleys, any pipes, and flashings are worn considerably more. This is where leaks will begin to show up you can save those headaches by either having a roofing expert come out and inspect your roof for free or get an estimate for the entire roof and save yourself the pain of having to deal with leaks that won’t go away.


DIY trash can storage, keep them out of sight.

September 18, 2013 | By | No Comments


Fall is just around the corner and the leafs are about to fall. Who wants to have those ugly leaf bags and trash cans sitting out everywhere? Well here is a quick solution to make sure those leafs don’t blow all over your yard again and hide those bags in an elegant way.

Here’s a couple before pictures of the old try at some trash can storage.

Before: DIY trash can storage.

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After: Trash can storage.

Here’s the new DIY trash can storage built out of new cedar fence, 4×4 posts, and the framing is all formed out of 2×4 treated lumber and held together with screws.

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Home Modification in lincoln ne

September 6, 2013 | By | No Comments

When we talk as society about home modification a lot of things come to mind, but the first thing that comes to our mind is Homes-for-life. Homes-for-life remodeling is home modification, it is modifying your home to make if fit you best. It’s about how you can experience the home the way it should be. Wether you are the soul caregiver or you want to keep your parents out of a nursing home. Home modification not only will save countless dollars but, it will also bring peace and safety  while at home.

This issue of staying in your home longer is not new, it is however a growing need. With the number of people over 65 in lincoln alone being over 35,000 it is a huge need! This is our niche, this is where we love to serve where a need is we want to be. We have a love for solving problems,  and we solve these problems by using our 20 plus years experience in the industry to implement solutions that not only fit your budget but, fit your life style.

“We believe a safe home is a home-for-life”

Here is one of the many testimonies of people we have worked with in helping solve the need in lincoln.


If you are looking for a caregiver you can check out some of our close friends at visiting angels or home instead both are great companies that love the people they serve.