New Spaces Remodeler

Jennifer McClellan, Shawn Nelson, & Björn Freudenthal

New Spaces was founded in 1984 by Doug and Carol Nelson. With complementary skill sets and a strong desire to help others, they made a dream team! They both shared design duties—Doug could and would build anything, and as a licensed accountant Carol managed the books. Over the years they grew their company into a successful business by hiring like-minded master carpenters, lead designers, and support staff. They left their company legacy in excellent hands when they retired and passed the torch to their son Shawn Nelson in 2005. Shawn continues to lead our award-winning team with the same values, commitment, and integrity passed on from his parents.

What are some of your favorite trends and styles in remodeling?

Because we tailor our projects to the needs of our clients, we don’t necessarily have a favorite—we like them all! We instead have a strong desire to stay ahead of the curve and learn about up-and-coming trends and new innovative products that we can offer to our clients along with proven products and timeless designs. Recently we have seen an uptick in requests for nautical-inspired design including trends like a combination of navy and white cabinetry paired with gold accents, minimalist modern design, as well as midcentury-inspired design. It is a fun business to be in because there are endless options and there is truly something for everyone!

What makes you most proud to be a remodeler?

Having the opportunity to develop strong relationships with our clients and the honor of earning their trust so that we are the company they rely on for all of their remodeling needs. We are humbled that we have several clients that have continued to use our services since the 1980s. We’re proud to be surrounded by a team that truly cares about our client experience and takes great pride in the work that we do!

What sets your company apart?

Our nearly 40-year history of helping clients fall in love with their homes again sets us apart. Our second-generation owner/president leads by example with honesty and integrity, and he has never lost sight of that principals that our company was founded on around helping others. Our design-first approach, our collaborative process, staff advisors, lead designers, master carpenters, and trusted trade partners are just a few of the many things that set our team apart!

How do you bring a client’s vision to life?

By having a thorough understanding of their goals, we develop creative solutions that exceed their expectations!

What inspires and influences your work?

The commitment and desire to help people fall in love with their homes again. By exploring multiple space plan and finish selection options, we ensure that each of our projects is tailored to each client’s needs, style, and desired investment range.

How would you describe your team’s approach to a new project?

We believe the most important part of any remodel is understanding the goal. During a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced advisors, we listen to your needs, wishes, and wants for your home. Based on these items we will show you photos of similar projects from our extensive project portfolio and discuss potential investment ranges. With thought and consideration, we then match you with the lead designer that best complements your personality and goals. In collaboration with your designer, you will explore space plans and finish selection options so that you can make fully informed decisions and our carpentry team can build the perfect project for you!

What are the most important elements of a successful remodeling team?

Exceptional listening and communication skills, pride in your work, and integrity.

How do you define an Artisan home?

Our definition of an Artisan home is a home that is constructed in a matter in which no detail is overlooked. From the initial discovery meeting, while developing a vision, and when final construction details are being completed, an Artisan home is crafted with the clients’ goals as the foundation and by people who take great pride in bringing the clients’ dreams to fruition.


Photography by Erica Loeks