Thomas David Builders Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:43:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Open House this Saturday – 10am – Noon Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:41:51 +0000 Join Thomas David Builders for a One-Time-Only Custom Home Open House this Saturday, September 23rd at 10am to Noon.

Click here to reserve your space

This is a great opportunity to see a brand new home before the new owners move in. You’ll get to see behind the scenes of building a custom home!

This custom home is built using a modified Kingston Ranch floor plan and is located in Silverleaf Estates. The home features 4 bedrooms, 5 baths and a spacious 4 car garage

Some of the features you’ll see:
  • Over 4000 finished square foot
  • Beautiful Stone Hearth
  • Commercial Appliances in the Custom Kitchen


For address and directions, simply fill click here and out the form to confirm your RSVP. We’ll send you an email with a link you can use for directions.

Need more information? Contact Dave Tewes at 402-827-3000 or by email

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5 Repair Projects You Can Do Yourself Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:18:37 +0000 No matter what kind of home you live in the odds are good you’re going to have some maintenance. Most new homes are pretty maintenance free and most new homes have decent warranties so you won’t have to make any major repairs. Still, there will come a time when you have a clogged drain, a leaky toilet or maybe you just want to repaint the bedroom. If you are so inclined, you can do many home repairs yourself. You can avoid calling the handyman and save yourself a lot of cash by learning some basic home repair. Of course we don’t recommend doing your own electrical work or gas work. If you smell gas have everyone leave the home immediately and call your utility company after you leave. Leave electrical and gas work to the professionals, but these 5 repair projects you can do yourself are easy for just about anyone to do.

5 Repair Projects You Can Do Yourself

Unclog a Drain – Unclogging a drain is one of the easiest repair projects you’ll have. It’s also the most common. Stay away from harsh chemicals and grab the plunger. The plunger can unclog most drains if the clog is close enough to the sink. For clogs that are further away you may need to call a plumber. Use the flat plunger to unclog sinks and the plunger with the flange to unclog the toilet. If you’re plunging a sink and it’s a double sink close the drain of the sink you aren’t working on. If the plunger doesn’t remove the clog use a small snake to get at clogged hair and other debris. Once removed you can clear out the gunk stuck to the side by putting a cup of baking soda down the drain and then flushing with a few cups of boiling water.

Seal Drafts – Seal windows and doors with caulk to prevent drafts. Caulk during the warmer months and follow directions on tube for best practices. Replace worn out weather stripping around doors and windows too.

Paint – Don’t call a painter, just go to your local hardware store or paint store and tell them what you’re going to be painting. They’ll help you choose the right paint for the job. Be sure to remove any furniture you don’t want to get paint on (or cover with a tarp). Tape off difficult to paint around items like trim and door jambs. Cut into walls first around the ceiling and floor with a small angled paintbrush. Once room is outlined use a roller to fill in walls. Use long up and down strokes. If you can’t finish the project in one day you can cover brushes with plastic wrap or tin foil so they don’t dry out and get hard. When finished rinse brushes with warm water until water runs clear. Hang to dry.

Change Air Filter – If you use your HVAC system to cool and heat your home you should be changing the filters every couple of months or when dirty. Check each month to see the status of the filter and change accordingly. Depending on your system – the more expensive filters don’t make much of a difference. Talk to your installer to find out what they recommend.

Toilets – From a leaky base to the tank running and running, most toilet issues can be repaired without calling a plumber. If you notice water at the base of the toilet and have determined it is not caused by condensation, odds are the wax ring needs to be replaced. It’s an easy enough repair, however you might need a little help lifting the toilet. You could save yourself upwards of $300 by fixing this issue yourself. Click here for more how-tos for toilet repairs.

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Events in Omaha this September Wed, 06 Sep 2017 06:21:44 +0000 Summer is officially over but there are still some great family friendly events in Omaha this September. From SeptemberFest Omaha to the 26th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy this September in Omaha.

Events in Omaha this September

September Fest Omaha
When: September 4th, 2017
Where: Centurylink Center Omaha
455 N 10th Street
Omaha NE

Celebrate your long Labor Day weekend with carnival rides, live music, a parade, kids activities, a car show, food and more! Free parking and shuttle service from Gallup.

Vintage Market Days of Omaha
When: September 8th – 10th, 2017
Where: 508 Skyline Road
Elkhorn, NE

We are thrilled to bring the very first Vintage Market Days® event to the Omaha, Nebraska area this fall!  VMD® is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. VMD® events are so much more than a flea market. Each VMD® event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in creative venues.

WO!W (World O! Water)
When: September 9th, 2017
Where: 8901 S 154th Street
Omaha, NE

World O! Water is a fun, annual event for people of all ages to learn about the important role that water plays in our lives and community. Join us this year on September 9th to experience live demonstrations, science experiments, games, and canoe rides while talking to local experts about water quality, conservation, and recreational activities. Your family, youth group, scout troop, school class, and even your dog, is welcome to attend this free event held at Wehrspann Lake inside the Chalco Hills Recreation Area.

All European Show and Shine
When: September 10th, 2017
Where: Lauritzen Gardens
100 Bancroft Street
Omaha, NE

See fine European cars and motorcycles on display. Imagine models of Jaguar, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Ducati, BMW, Ferrari, Pantera, Alfa Romeo, Austin Healey and others surrounded by the beauty of the garden.

Guests may walk the 100 acres of gardens or they may take a narrated tram tour for $3 per person, which includes a stop at Kenefick Park. The café will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and snacks.

New Generation Music Festival
When: September 16th, 2017
Where: Aksarben Village
67th and Center Streets
Omaha, NE

Providing a world class music festival that promotes inclusion and provides economic opportunities for local businesses, organizations, and artists.

Cultivating local talent and artistry as a means to a more secure and sustainable economy in the urban core communities.

The NGMF is an inclusive music festival that promotes awareness of community issues,drives support for other local non profits, and provides a platform to retain local talent.

Octoberfest at Beer Corner USA
When: September 22nd – 23rd, 2017
Where: Crescent Moon
3578 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE

Join us for the 16th Annual Beer Corner USA Oktoberfest celebration! Soak up the festivities in a large outdoor space complete with live German music and food, and tons of German beer on tap in the beer garden. German “costumes” and traditional clothing are encouraged. Families are welcome as long as those under 21 are accompanied by a legal parent or guardian.

National Alpaca Farm Weekend
When: September 23rd and 24th, 2017
Where: 7016 Country Road 39
Fort Calhoun, NE

Come join us September 23rd and 24th for National Alpaca Farm Days!!!  Lots of fun for all ages.  Come feed the alpacas, see the baby crias, get your picture taken with an alpaca possible, feel the soft fleece, and shop for gorgeous and unique alpaca items.

26th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow
When: September 30th, 2017
Where: 5730 N 30th Street
Omaha, NE

Experience a traditional intertribal powwow featuring Native American music, dancing, crafts and foods at this outdoor event. Learn the culture and traditions of the Native Americans.

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Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Strengthens in Second Quarter Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:26:40 +0000 Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market continues to strengthen according to this recent article from the National Association of Home Builders.

(NAHB), Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market strengthened in the second quarter of 2017 with a reading of 66, up 11 points from the previous quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. This is the 13th consecutive quarter with a reading above 50, which means that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

“Demand for 55+ housing continues to grow, and this quarter’s index is a reflection of that,” said Dennis Cunningham, chairman of NAHB’s 55+ Housing Industry Council and president of ActiveWest Builders in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. “Consumers in this market want a home that addresses their specific needs, and 55+ builders and developers are able to create homes and communities that cater to these needs.”

There are separate 55+ HMIs for two segments of the 55+ housing market: single-family homes and multifamily condominiums. Each 55+ HMI measures builder sentiment based on a survey that asks if current sales, prospective buyer traffic and anticipated six-month sales for that market are good, fair or poor (high, average or low for traffic).

All three components of the 55+ single-family HMI posted increases from the previous quarter: Expected sales for the next six months increased 12 points to 80, an index high, while present sales rose eight points to 70 and traffic of prospective buyers jumped 19 points to 53, also an index high.

The 55+ multifamily condo HMI rose seven points to 53, with all three components posting gains in the second quarter: Present sales increased six points to 56, an index high, while expected sales for the next six months and traffic of prospective buyers both rose eight points to 55 and 45, respectively.

All four indices tracking production and demand of 55+ multifamily rentals posted gains in the second quarter: Present production rose three points to 53, expected future production climbed eight points to 52, current demand for existing units increased two points to 66 and expected future demand rose five points to 67.

“We are seeing strong demand in the 55+ housing sector due to favorable market conditions, such as record highs in the stock market and rising home prices,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “This quarter’s reading is in line with our forecast, as we expect to see continued gradual gains in 2017.”

For the full 55+ HMI tables, please visit

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:00:11 +0000 Hard to believe that summer is coming to an end soon. As custom home builders in Omaha, we know the best time to do home maintenance for the upcoming winter is in the fall. This fall maintenance checklist will help you stay organized and manage your home maintenance easily. If you don’t feel secure on a ladder please have a professional help with your home maintenance.

Fall Home Maintenance

Gutters – Cleaning out the gutters is a thankless but necessary chore. If you feel safe and secure climbing a ladder by all means do it yourself. If not use a service like Angie’s List or Home Advisors to find a reputable company to take care of this job. Gutters and downspouts should be cleaned and cleared regularly to prevent damage to your home’s structure and also a leaky basement. Consider installing gutter shields to prevent debris from accumulating in gutters.

Doors – If your home is older you’ll want to check for drafts and seal your door with weather stripping or caulk. If you windows in the door be sure to check them for drafts too. Depending on the age and condition of your door, you may want to install a new insulated door.

Windows – The same goes for windows. You may want to clean your windows to allow as much winter light to reach inside your home. A summer of rain storms can leave dirty windows behind. Clean with window cleaner or water and vinegar solution. Install any weather stripping and do any caulking necessary to prevents drafts. Close storm windows and main window to create as much of a barrier to the outside elements as possible. If you’ve been thinking about replacing your windows now is a good time to do it, you’ll notice considerable savings on your heating and new windows will provide a nice ROI if you plan on selling your home.

Fireplace – This is another job best done by a professional. Hire a professional chimney sweep to clean your fireplace and chimney and to check for loose bricks or other leaks. Make sure the flue is working properly.

Plumbing – Many HVAC companies provide free inspections of your furnace and other plumbing needs. If yours does be sure to sign up for it. Otherwise ensure that pipes that may be exposed to freezing temperatures are insulated to prevent bursting.

Prune Trees and Shrubs – Wait until after the leaves have changed color to prune your shrubs and trees. Remove any limbs that are growing close to power lines.

Lawn – Pretty soon you won’t need to mow your lawn, however it will need fertilization as the roots grow deeper during the colder months. Use a fertilizer and weed killer combination if you have trouble with weeds in your lawn.

Featured Home for Sale in Elkhorn NE Wed, 09 Aug 2017 06:37:08 +0000 If you’re looking for a home for sale in Elkhorn, NE then you’ll want to be sure to take a look at this beautiful new Thomas David Builders home available now. This beautiful new home is currently under construction and features 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 car garage and total square feet of 3118.

This lovely home has been well designed for today’s busy families. The main level of this home features an open design with plenty of space to entertain or just relax. The covered porch is a lovely entry point to this home. Enjoy your morning coffee while reading the paper on the front porch. The entry way provides access to the rest of the home. With flex room to your left and stairway to the right, you can see everything on the main level from the entryway.

From the entry you’ll find yourself in the great room which is open to both the dining area and kitchen. You’ll also have easy access to the covered patio located in the back of the house. The great room features a lovely fireplace and ample windows to let in natural sunlight. The kitchen is well designed and open to the great room. This is a perfect home for entertaining. The kitchen has a large working island as well as plenty of countertop space for food prep. The pantry provides additional storage and organization.

The mudroom is located beyond the kitchen and just before the entrance to the garage. The powder room and den are also located in this are of the home.

Head upstairs to see the master bedroom and three additional bedrooms. The master suite is spacious and includes to-die-for master bath. The master bath has walk in shower, private toilet area, access to laundry room and separate soaking tub. The walk-in closet is large with ample storage and organization.

The second bedroom features its own private bath making it perfect for an older child or grandparent quarters. The 3rd and 4th bedrooms share a bath with shower and two vanities. All three bedrooms have large walk-in closets.

To learn more about this lovely home for sale at 1897 Blue Sage Parkway of Elkhorn, NE please call or text Aaron at 402-657-1229.

Events in Omaha this August Wed, 02 Aug 2017 06:50:59 +0000 Summer is coming to a close, but there’s still time to get out and enjoy all the family friendly events in Omaha this August. From the Omaha Greek Festival to the Great Nebraska Beerfest, there’s fun for everyone.

Events in Omaha this August

Native Omahan Days 2017
When: Now through August 7th, 2017
Where: North Omaha Community

Omahans from around the globe will join in this week-long Native Omahans Days. Festivities take place in the North Omaha community July 31st through August 7th, 2017. Visitors enjoy a taste of African American culture, live music, dance, art exhibits, parade, food, shopping, trolley tours and so much more.

Family Fun Carnival
When: August 5th, 2017
Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum
I-80, Exit #426
Ashland, NE

Beat the heat and visit the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum for its annual indoor carnival. The Family Fun Carnival is included in the cost of general admission so guests can peruse the museum and participate in all the fun family activities. The carnival will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event includes make and take activities, games, a science demonstration from our Mad Scientist, a spacewalk, face-painting and balloon animals. These activities will run during the time shown above, but guests are welcome to experience the museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Museum is sure to be a favorite for the whole family! Guests will experience a collection unlike any other, consisting of over 30 aircraft as well as numerous other exhibits and artifacts. Our featured exhibit is our SR-71 “Blackbird,” which is considered the world’s fastest aircraft to this day.

Sweet Corn Festival
When: August 12th – 13th, 2017
Where: Lauritzen Gardens
100 Bancroft Street
Omaha, NE

Nothing says summer like fresh-picked sweet corn! Lauritzen Gardens celebrates this backyard favorite and Nebraska’s agricultural jewel during the annual Sweet Corn Festival. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities, entertainment and plenty of delicious, locally grown sweet corn. They can hop on the hayrack ride, cool off with free samples of “Nebraska Sweet Corn” and “Nebraska Street Corn” ice cream from Ted & Wally’s Premium Homemade Ice Cream, purchase freshly popped kettle corn and learn about corn (and other New World foods) through fun, educational activities.

Omaha’s Original Greek Festival
When: August 18th, 2017
Where: St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
602 Park Avenue
Omaha, NE

A Greek festival is a tradition of culture and entertainment where you will taste Greek Food, experience Greek music and culture with Greek Dancing and great family fun. Come out to Omaha’s Original GREEK FESTIVAL put on by Omaha’s very own, St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.

Festivities Include: Authentic Greek Music; Greek Folk Dancing in full Greek dress; delicious, homemade Greek cuisine; Agora (a Greek Marketplace); tantalizing pastries, and much, much more!

Children’s Activities: There will be plenty of activities for children such as face painting, balloons, and children’s games in the Outdoor Plaza.

Maha Music Festival
When: August 19th, 2017
Where: Aksarben Village
67th and Center Streets
Omaha, NE

All day, outdoor music festival presented by Schnackel Engineers. Kids 10 and under free with a paid adult.

2017 Lineup: Run the Jewels, Belle & Sebastian, The Faint, Sleigh Bells, The New Pornographers, Built To Spill, Torres, Downtown Boys, Priests, High Up and The Hottman Sisters.

Great Nebraska Beerfest
When: August 26th, 2017
Where: Werner Park
12356 Ballpark Way
Papillion, NE

The Great Nebraska Beer Fest is a true regional beer fest in that we’re drawing in never-before-seen brewers and their beers to join us.  A celebration of American Craft Beer with a spotlight on Nebraska and regional breweries. Join us for Craft Beer, & the Brewers who make them.

Home Buying a Strong Boost to Overall Economy, NAHB Study Shows Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:13:16 +0000 From the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB):

A new consumer spending analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) highlights another reason why home building helps drive a healthy economy: In their first year of ownership, new home buyers spend about $10,601 on appliances, furnishings and home improvement projects – 2.6 times as much as other home owners in a typical year.

NAHB economists studied the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey to help quantify the wave of activity – and cash – spent to install new refrigerators, buy couches and make other improvements as new owners personalize their homes.

“While construction jobs are the most obvious impact of new homes on the economy, it’s important to realize that it doesn’t stop there,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer in Kerrville, Texas.

“It’s the architects, the heating technicians, the lumber suppliers. And it’s the mom-and-pop owners at the local furniture or appliance store who are helping these buyers make their house a home,” he said.

During the first two years after closing on the house, a typical buyer of a newly built single-family home tends to spend on average $4,500 more than a similar non-moving home owner.

A previous NAHB study based on 2004-2007 data collected during the housing boom showed somewhat higher spending by home owners overall.  But the tendency of buyers to outspend non-moving owners on appliances, furnishings and home improvements was similar.

In the aggregate, most of the demand for appliances, furnishings and remodeling projects in a given year is generated by non-moving home owners, because they outnumber home buyers by such a wide margin.

But new owners’ impact is noticeable – and vital, MacDonald said. “The health of housing – and new home buying – is key to the overall state of our economy.”

See the study at:

SAN JOSE Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:33:46 +0000


Our San Jose contemporary ranch home offers 5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms with an open concept floor plan. Flowing open main floor living space extends to the large covered deck. This home was designed with space in mind and makes maximum use of each and every space.



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House Type: Ranch
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Garage Spaces: 3
Main Level Square Feet: 1784
Basement Square Feet: 1278
Garage Square Feet: 769

What to Ask when Choosing a Home Builder Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:33:03 +0000 It’s been your lifelong dream to build your own dream home, but first you have to choose your builder. Choosing a home builder can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming. The best place to start is to talk to family and friends and find out which builders they used and liked. Ideally, you’ll want to interview between three and five home builders in Omaha before you make your decision. The following questions can help make the process a little easier and it will help to weed out the less than reputable contractors that are out there.

What to Ask when Choosing a Home Builder

  1. Are you licensed and insured?  – This is the most important question you can ask of any builder. If they are not licensed and insured move on. Don’t waste your time or their’s and never pull a permit for a company. Walk away, you’ll save yourself both heartache and headache if you stay away from unlicensed builders.
  2. Can I see some of your work? – While working with a first time builder is okay – we all started somewhere – ideally you want someone with some experience. Walk through several model homes of the builders you are interviewing to get a good feel for the type of homes they specialize in.
  3. Do you have a warranty? – Most home builders provide a warranty on the home they build for you. Some are a year or two while others have extended warranties. Don’t forget about manufacture warranties on any products in your home, too. Most home builders will take care of anything that breaks down in the first year so call your builder before calling the manufacturer, they’ll often take care of it so you don’t have to hassle with it.
  4. Do you have any references? – Like licensing and experience, you want to get some feedback about your builder before you make the final decision. This will give you important information such as as timeliness, staying within budget and quality of work. Check out as many references as you are provided. If the builder doesn’t provide any references you may want to choose a different builder.
  5. How often will you give me updates on the project? – This is a good question to ask because you want to be sure you and your builder have similar expectations. Let your builder know upfront that you would like weekly updates from him. This will prevent wasted time trying to track the builder down for updates and will make sure everyone is on track.
  6. How many homes are you building right now? – Many home builders have multiple projects going on at any one time, there’s nothing wrong with that. However, it’s helpful for you to know who will be managing your project and that the company has a history of managing multiple projects at one time.
  7. Can I visit the site during construction? – Most home builders welcome the homeowner on site. However, it is a construction site and safety is key. Let your builder know you’ll be coming by the site.
  8. What about change orders? – There hasn’t been a home building project yet that didn’t have a change order or two. Ask how these are handled and to let you know how that affects the cost of the project.
  9. When do fixtures need to be chosen? – You’ve probably been choosing fixtures since before you chose a floor plan, however, when it comes time to actually build a home you’ll want to choose fixtures with the builder in mind. Many home builders have and in-house design team who will help guide you through the entire process.
  10. Do you have a cancellation and refund policy? – It happens, even after checking references, getting referrals, and making sure the contractor is licensed things still may go south. Find out what the cancellation and refund policy is. It’s better to know up front if one exists and how to deal with it if you choose to part ways.