Collection by Monique Valeris

Renovation Tips from American Dream Builders' Nate Berkus


In addition to designing spaces and collections (like this one for Target), Nate Berkus hosts the NBC reality design competition series, American Dream Builders, which airs its two-hour season finale this Sunday, May 25, 2014. Every episode features two teams of designers who tackle a complete renovation project that pushes their creative boundaries. Berkus, along with landscape architect Eddie George and interior design expert Monica Pedersen, choose the winner, and the losing group is then forced to eliminate one member. In Sunday’s finale episode, the remaining competitors, Lukas Machnik and Jay Riordan, will battle it out. (Read our Q&A With Machnik here!) Pulling inspiration from the show, Berkus shares advice for homeowners considering renovations, whether it’s small fixes or more involved projects.

For homeowners on a budget, the Internet is your best bet when making upgrades.
If you’re able to dish out a significant sum on a renovation, pinpointing the areas of the home to tackle can be...
Small space renovations need to have a focus on multi-purpose uses.
When it comes to decorating a small space, always remember to keep the scale of furniture in mind.
Berkus has gone through over 1,000 renovations in his career and has learned some key design lessons along the way.
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