The History of T.J. Nelson Home Improvements

T.J. Nelson Home Improvements was founded in August of 1981 when owner, Ted Nelson, was 22 years old and living in a rooming house on Blinman Street in New London, CT.

From its humble beginnings, Ted named the business T. J. Nelson Home Improvement because of his desire to remodel homes in Connecticut and thereby change the complexion of Southeastern Connecticut.

During the first five years, T.J. Nelson was devoted to carpentry, roofing, and painting jobs that required a small team of professionals. As our business began to grow, we soon took on larger jobs and more full-time employees. Our in-home office moved to Garfield Avenue, then to Ocean Avenue, and eventually to a commercial office storefront at 9 Union Street in December of 1988. Earlier that same year, Ted incorporated the firm under its official name T. J. N. Enterprises, Ltd. but still did business as T. J. Nelson Home Improvements.

In the 1980s and 90s, Ted began aligning his efforts with organizations and clubs around the local community, who like him, had the community’s best interests at heart. Such organizations included the Church, the Masons, the Shriners, March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity, and Kiwanis, just to name a few. In that spirit of giving back, Ted launched an interactive talk radio show on WSUB 980 AM in January of 1992. It was a two-hour program on Saturday mornings called “Your Home Talk”. In this genre, Ted was able to receive live phone calls, on the air, from local audience listeners and give out free advice on how to fix up their homes. His faithful dog, Ginger, a Golden Lab mix lay under the consul during each broadcast until 1996.

In 1994, Peter Fernandez came to work as our production manager and soon rose to the rank of Vice President of T. J. N. Enterprises, Ltd. Under Pete’s leadership, the quality and craftsmanship of our Connecticut (CT) home remodeling projects have never been higher. He and his hand-picked staff bring a touch of class to every job we undertake, whether it’s replacing windows, constructing a two-story addition, or anything in between. Pete and his staff stay up-to-date on all the latest concepts of building designs and accessibility remodeling in Connecticut (CT).

In 2001, after having searched for a larger office space, Ted signed a five-year lease on the lower level of 115 Huntington Street and the address to 36 Meridian Street because of the location of our parking lot and its view of signage across the street from the Radisson Hotel.

Since 1981, we have been completing all kinds of home remodeling projects in Connecticut, including kitchen and bathroom additions, remodeling, and raising the roofs of ranch homes to convert to colonial-style home, handicap lifts, as well as elevators and ramps. Not to mention the complete interior and exterior renovations of homes.

Stop by or give us a call, and remember, at T. J. Nelson Home Improvements, “We Do It Right!”