Star City 6: Nate Bahm

Nate’s Custom Renovations, Inc. ( is a locally owned remodeling contractor specializing in residential, interior design/remodels – primarily kitchens, baths and basement finishes. Nate Bahm owns and operates Nate’s Custom Renovations, Inc.

Tell us a little about your business. – Nate’s Custom Renovations, Inc. was founded with the mission of going above and beyond the expectations of our clients. Our 9-point promise is at the center of our customer service philosophy and explains the level of service our clients can expect from us, from the first phone call to project completion and beyond. Readers can see all 9 points on our website, but the very first promise is our ‘One Project Scheduling’. Each of our crews is dedicated to only one project at a time, which prevents job-hopping, reduces communication errors and shortens timelines. Anyone who’s done a major remodeling project before can really appreciate that idea.

We also utilize cutting-edge 3D software in our design process, so our clients can see exactly what their finished project will look like, and make changes, before we even swing the first hammer.

How did you get started in the business? – I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands and using the building process as my creative outlet. I’ve worked for a few folks within the construction industry in Lincoln and even bought and flipped a few houses over the years. After college, I started working in the engineering field, but after being laid off, I decided to follow my true passion and started an interior remodeling company. In the beginning, I quickly noticed that consumers have a deep mistrust of contractors. My overall goal is to change those preconceived notions one ecstatic client at a time.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – Making the transition from working in the field to running a growing business.

What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Honestly, every time my team and I complete another successful project with a homeowner who has fell back in love with their home. That’s the best accomplishment I could ask for. Also, we recently made the Remodeling magazine Big50 list. It’s an annual award presented to national leaders in the remodeling industry.

Tell us a little about your family. – I’ve been married to my wonderful wife, Susan, for 16 years. We have 3 awesome kids: Mya (16), Madison (13) and Mason (8). My wife has a much harder job than I do – running our extremely busy household!

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Meeting my business coach at a remodeling trade show in Chicago five years ago. Hiring him was one of the best business decisions I’ve made.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – I love going to watch my kids’ sporting events, and there’s never a shortage of those in our household. In the small amount of remaining time, I enjoy tinkering around in the garage and doing yardwork.

What are you the most proud of? – My children; they amaze me every day!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.

What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

What is your favorite local restaurant? – La Paz!

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Dave Ramsey.

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? – You can call the office at (402) 617-6240 or visit