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Thu 08 January 2015

3 of the Biggest Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid | Mclean VA Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Kitchens Tags: kitchen remodeling, kitchen design ideas, kitchen design

2cbf81af-8df7-4664-f9c8-7652aefa1bd5-thumbKitchen remodeling can be an exciting undertaking, but there is also a lot of thought and planning involved. Before you get started on this big project, make sure you avoid some common mistakes. This article will go over three of the biggest ones people make. 

Don't Forget About Your Lighting

People who remodel their kitchen often overlook the importance of proper lighting. By the end of the remolding project, people become so burned out that they usually just grab whatever they can find. Be sure to consider your lighting options and preferences before the remodeling process begins. This way you are not left with extra work at the tail end of the project. 

Don't "Cheap Out" on Your Flooring

Getting good flooring is an investment. The last thing you want to be stingy on is that. And make sure it is the first thing you think about before consider the rest of the design of your kitchen. 

Not Working and Consulting with the Professionals

Many people just don't have the time, resources, or expertise to do a full-blown kitchen remodeling project all on their own. Speaking with an interior designer as well as remodeling contractors will guarantee an excellently designed and built kitchen. They can also consult with you on the best steps to take and help you avoid any remodeling fiascos. On top of that, they will help you determine the best cabinets, lighting, and other additions you need to complete your kitchen.  

If you have any inquiries or for more information, please contact us today. We look forward to speaking with you!

Sat 03 January 2015

Home Additions: How In-Law Suites Make Your Home More Valuable | Potomac MD Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Additions Tags: additions, Potomac MD, home additions

e6b0d800-4991-48bf-d209-096dc568138f-thumbHaving a mother-in-law suite in your Maryland or Virginia home doesn’t mean your mother-in-law has to move in tomorrow. Home additions that can be used as separate living spaces can dramatically increase the value of your home. According to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, space for aging parents or young adult children is one of the hottest real estate amenities affecting resale value. Experts say the demand for separate living quarters within a home or as a guest house is coming from domestic and foreign homebuyers.

  • Changing trends in America

Although the idea of multi-generational living has been a longtime custom in many countries, it’s now becoming more typical for American families. From an economic perspective, American families realize they can save not just a few thousand dollars on rent when junior moves back in for a few months after college, but hundreds of thousands of dollars on assisted-living and nursing homes for aging parents. The Wall Street reports that real-estate listings that include in-law units or “accessory-dwelling units” are priced about 60 percent higher than those without the home additions. A survey of homeowners found an astounding 32 percent expect with living parents said they expect to take care of an aging relative in the future.

  • Deciding on the layout

With the help of an experienced builder that provides architectural design services, such as Natelli Homes, you can decide where to expand living space. Some options include adding a second floor to a single-story home. Younger members of the family can move to the second floor, while the lower level may be easier for older people who can’t navigate stairs. A garage over-build that uses space above a garage can also be turned into extra space for teenagers or college-age children, freeing up areas of the home that are more accessible. A new home addition on the main floor that includes a kitchenette, private living room, elder-friendly bathroom and bedroom is another way route to take.

Other improvements you can make include having a private entrance and garage built as part of the in-law suite renovation. Including universal design renovations or elder-friendly upgrades can also tie into your goals.

At Natelli Homes, we build custom homes and renovate existing homes in Maryland and Virginia. For more information about home additions and any help with remodeling or renovations, please contact us.

Sun 28 December 2014

Rustic Kitchens Making a Comeback in Home Remodeling Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Kitchens Tags: kitchen remodeling, kitchen design ideas, Rustic Kitchens

cbb6912b-c134-4401-a74d-787cfdd6aadb-thumbKitchen remodeling is an aspect of renovation that is always changing. It's like the fashion world: while many things remain the same, other aspects will change drastically from year to year.

In fact, the entire concept of redesigning and remodeling a kitchen, if you are planning on keeping up with the most modern trends, would require an ever-updated book, which no one could keep up with.

Wit that, we say, find what you love and stick with it. You don't (and can't) always get the latest and greatest, but, really, it's about what you want. So if you're looking for something timeless and won't be obsolete this time next year, consider the rustic look.

- Rustic blends a classic look with modern amenities that fits rural and urban settings alike. 

- A classic rustic kitchen features design from a bygone era brought up to modern standards.

- Examples of a rustic kitchen include things like stone walls, barn wood for tables, barn door style doorways, exposed beams, butcher block and zinc/marble countertops, and simple design elements.

- With the inclusion of modern appliances, the rustic style is functional meets form in all ways. 

- Colors in a rustic kitchen can be tailored to suit your needs, but often feature solid, but muted tones ranging from sunny yellow to powder blue to rich, natural stones colors.

- Flooring is another aspect of rustic kitchens that is unique. A rustic kitchen can benefit from light patterend bamboo, matched to fit the style; natural hardwood style with beautifully-painted diamond patterns, and so on. As long as it fits the design scheme, a rustic look isn't difficult to achieve. 

If you are planning a kitchen overhaul and need professional assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss how we can help you with all of your design and execution needs. 

Mon 22 December 2014

Lighting Considerations For a Bright Home Remodeling Plan | Arlington VA Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Remodeling Tags: remodeling, Arlington VA, home remodeling

b69efdd5-a831-4bb4-94bc-2b60ac8057ff-thumbYour Maryland or Virginia home may have vintage stained glass, surrealistic art pieces or interesting architectural features, but they could all be missed without proper accent lighting. Accent lighting shines a spotlight on the best features of your home as part of an overall interior decorating and home remodeling plan. With lighting, you can direct your family member and guests’ attention on the best features of the home. Lighting can make your art work, sculptures and decorative accents more noticeable. When working on home remodeling ideas with an architect, you may also decide to include art niches or recessed areas to hang special pieces of art.

  • Using track and recessed lighting

One of the benefits of using track lighting as your accent lighting is the fact that the direction of the light can be changed. Some people use small lighting fixtures for accent lighting. Recessed lighting can also be adjusted to point in a certain direction. Recession lighting blends in well with any décor and doesn’t steal the spotlight as decorative lighting fixtures do.

  • Highlighting art work

Accent lighting can be used to showcase art on walls or on shelving. Accent lighting commands attention by illuminating architectural features such as trayed ceilings, beamed ceilings or rotundas. When renovating your home, consider chair railing, crown molding and other features.

  • Grabbing attention

The reason accent lighting works is because people’s eyes tend to focus on the brightest spots. Ambient lighting does draw attention to a particular place because it evenly illuminates so a painting, sculpture or decorative accent gets lost by blending into the woodwork.

Accent lighting doesn’t take the place of task lighting or lighting geared for safety or security issues, but it can make a visual impact. You can also use accent lighting outdoors to highlight particular trees, pergolas, flowers or night-blooming bushes and vines.

At Natelli Homes, we build custom homes in Maryland and Virginia for clients with refined tastes. For more information about lighting as well as other design options for custom homes, remodeling, renovations and new home additions, please contact us.

Tue 16 December 2014

Architectural Design: How High for Ceilings in a Cozy Home? | Bethesda MD Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Design Tags: Bethesda MD, architectural design, home design, architectural design bethesda, md

ca5cdc8d-aa08-4b8b-a114-1cc1478a2f3d-thumbWhen it comes to architectural design, one of the factors to consider is the ceiling height desired. Cathedral ceilings have seen a rise and fall in popularity, with the 2-story ceilings in family rooms and entryways becoming less important to Maryland and Virginia homebuyers. According to an article by The Chicago Tribune, ceilings used to soar but now homeowners are choosing the cozy feel offered by lower ceilings. One of the hidden drawbacks of having vaulted and cathedral ceilings is the fact that artwork, lighting and other features have to be large and loud to be noticed. During the holiday time, even a Christmas tree needs to be the largest one on the lot to make a statement under a cathedral ceiling. Whether you want to renovate an existing home to add or remove drop ceilings or are thinking about the architectural design of a new custom home, consider the trends as well as your own preferences.

Following the down-to-earth trend

Lately, the trend in architectural design and interior design has been leaning toward organic, natural and “green.” Experts say it takes more energy to cool and heat up a home with cathedral ceilings. Also, high ceilings don’t provide the feeling of coziness and warmth some people desire. Some larger homes with two-story entryways and Great Rooms also have Juliet balconies and second-story bridges that look down to the living area below, which is appealing even today to some homeowners.

Using space for practical purposes

Experts say having cathedral ceilings can be wasted space for people who want to use space on the second floor for bedrooms, offices or lofts. After buying a home with cathedral ceilings, it’s not impossible to renovate to add drop ceilings or additions on the second floor. When budgeting for a new custom home, think about whether you rather spend money on high ceilings versus a gourmet kitchen or upgraded flooring.

Even though 18-feet ceilings in the Great Room may feel too cold and austere for some, having slightly higher ceilings in bedrooms can make people feel less claustrophobic. Experts say many homebuyers are asking for 9 feet ceilings instead of the standard 8 feet ceilings for many rooms of the home.

At Natelli Homes, we build spectacular custom homes in Maryland and Virginia. For more information about ceiling heights as well as options for custom homes, remodeling, renovations and new home additions, please contact us.

Thu 04 December 2014

Kitchen Remodeling: Where to Spend Money Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Kitchens Tags: remodeling, kitchen remodeling, 2014 remodeling trends

bb8d9937-e24b-42d4-d727-f2d84825b135When it comes to kitchen remodeling, virtually all Maryland and Virginia homeowners have to work within a budget. Knowing where to cut back and where to splurge isn’t just a matter of personal preference. It’s also about getting the most return on your money if you ever decide to sell your home. If you are a gourmet cook, you may want to outfit your kitchen with commercial-grade cooking tools. However, for the person who just wants the kitchen to make a design statement while serving food ordered in, it may be best to put more money into the architectural design and seating area. According to an article by HGTV remodels, it’s important to reflect on how you will likely use your kitchen when working on a kitchen remodeling budget.

  • The kitchen for entertaining

If you are a person who likes to entertain a lot in your Maryland or Virginia home but don’t have a lot of space, consult with a design expert about renovating your existing space. By taking down a wall between the kitchen and another room, you can often free up space to expand your area for entertaining. You may wish to splurge on a wine cooler, a large kitchen island with seating for guests and decorative lighting. Another consideration is whether you want to install patio doors that lead out to an outdoor kitchen and entertaining space. Flat panel television screens that appear as artwork or mirrors when not in use are also worth spending more money on if you are an entertainer.

  • The family-centered kitchen

People with small children often want kitchens with space for helping with homework or serving a quick breakfast in the morning. An open floor plan, accessible food storage and durable kitchen counters are a few of the features that may be priorities in a family-centered kitchen. For families, the kitchen is the hub of activity. Parents who are busy making dinner often want to be able to keep an eye on their children, which is why the open floor plan works best.

  • The gourmet kitchen

Foodies can definitely appreciate professional appliances, upgraded countertops and custom cabinets as well as special cooking appliances and tools. Spending more money on easy-to-clean surfaces and floors, extra storage space, spice racks, high-tech double ovens and a drawer dishwasher in your island prep station are logical upgrades for the gourmet cook.

Whether you plan to use your kitchen more for entertaining, cooking or helping children with homework, every kitchen looks better with fishing touches such as attractive cabinet pulls and knobs, task lighting, decorative backsplashes and elegant kitchen sinks and faucets.

At Natelli Homes, we provide kitchen remodeling services for our clients in Maryland and Virginia. For more information about remodeling, renovations and new home additions, please contact us.

Sun 14 December 2014

Custom Homes: Can Your Dream Home Have Too Much Personality? | Chevy Chase MD Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Design Tags: Chevy Chase MD, dream home, dream home Chevy Chase MD

6798da32-466f-46fb-b524-6eb2c72a4665Building custom homes is an art that requires the skill and innovation of a reputable builder as well as the vision of a homebuyer bubbling over with excitement. Eventually, you may need to sell your dream home. Some people wonder whether it’s possible for a home to have too much personality or be too unique for resale purposes. According to a recent article by Yahoo Homes, custom dream homes can end up being a hard sell. When working with a builder on plans for your custom home, consider whether you are taking risks when tailoring a home to your tastes. Many Maryland and Virginia homeowners don’t like cookie-cutter type homes, but some architectural styles are more popular than others. An experienced builder can guide you whether you choose a four-square home, split level, cottage design or custom estate. An article by Custom Homes points out some of the home design trends that can help rather than hurt your chances of selling at a profit in the future.

A home that’s impossible for aging in place

Even though open-space homes with soaring ceilings are great, they can be difficult to maintain. When having a custom home built, think about how your needs will change as you grow older. Experts say older homeowners appreciate matte finishes because highly reflective surfaces are hard on the eyes. Consider using non-reflective granite and tile in the kitchen. Acoustics are also important since many older homeowners want a quiet home. Builders can use construction products with sound-deadening properties. Also, think about whether you can manage the upkeep of a home with walls of windows.

A home that’s more of an artistic statement

Even though you may want your home to be somewhat of an artistic statement, it also has to be a place where you can live. Some of the bizarre and notable “artistic” homes across the country include the “spaceship house” in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the “Teapot home” in Zillah, Washington, the Boeing 727 house” in Benoit, Mississippi, the “shoe house” in Hellam, Pennsylvania and the “mushroom house” in Cincinnati, Ohio. Instead of making a statement with the architecture of your home, it’s best to take risks with a guest bathroom or a game room. The “wow factor” can also be achieved with outdoor living space and landscaping, especially with the rolling hills of Maryland and Virginia.

At Natelli Homes, we build beautiful and classic custom homes in Maryland and Virginia. For more information about custom homes, remodeling, renovations and new home additions, please contact us.

Fri 28 November 2014

Home Additions and Design Ideas for Creating a Modern Great Room Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Additions Tags: additions, home additions, home design, great rooms

0119d2ca-1a91-41f6-a9b8-e5aa79078e5bGreat Rooms or family rooms are still the primary spot where families come together for relaxation and entertainment. If your home has an outdated, cramped family room, you may want to look at home additions that either expand your family room space or offer you a totally new Great Room in space that didn’t exist before. The style of your family room should blend with the rest of the home, but can also stand out as an architectural and design statement. According to an article by Real Simple, prints, patterns, textures and colors can all be used to give your Great Room the “great” look and feel you want.

A cozy Great Room

If you like a rustic or the Craftsman style, you may want to have professionals install hardwood, pine or maple floors, beamed ceilings and a stone fireplace. White coffered ceilings with a matching white fireplace mantel and surround and entertainment center can give your Great Room a clean, sophisticated look.

An airy Great Room

For an airy and open Great Room, consider using two French doors with transom windows that overlook a landscaped yard or opens to a scenic view. Using white or light ceramic, stone or porcelain tile floors can also help create a more expansive space. A company that provides architectural design services can advise you on the best way to construct home additions that take advantage of the best views and yard space. Having an unobstructed view through a wall of windows is the way to achieve light and airy.

A white-on-white Great Room

A monochromatic Great Room or all-white space can work, according to Real Simple. The key is to include textures such as crocheted items and wool rugs. To add some color to a white Great Room, consider ocean blue and lime green accents. Silver accents in terms of lighting, mirrors and coffee tables will add a modern feel.

When taking on a home remodeling project, most homeowners think about the Great Room at the same time they are renovating their kitchens. If you have an outdated kitchen, you may want to tear down a wall between the kitchen and family room.

At Natelli Homes, we provide architectural design services for our valued clients in Maryland and Virginia. For more information on home additions including the addition of a Great Room or expansion of an open kitchen and living room, please contact us.

Fri 28 November 2014

Home Additions and Design Ideas for Creating a Modern Great Room | Great Falls VA Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Additions Tags: additions, home additions, Great Falls VA

e6b0d800-4991-48bf-d209-096dc568138f-thumbGreat Rooms or family rooms are still the primary spot where families come together for relaxation and entertainment. If your home has an outdated, cramped family room, you may want to look at home additions that either expand your family room space or offer you a totally new Great Room in space that didn’t exist before. The style of your family room should blend with the rest of the home, but can also stand out as an architectural and design statement. According to an article by Real Simple, prints, patterns, textures and colors can all be used to give your Great Room the “great” look and feel you want.

A cozy Great Room

If you like a rustic or the Craftsman style, you may want to have professionals install hardwood, pine or maple floors, beamed ceilings and a stone fireplace. White coffered ceilings with a matching white fireplace mantel and surround and entertainment center can give your Great Room a clean, sophisticated look.

An airy Great Room

For an airy and open Great Room, consider using two French doors with transom windows that overlook a landscaped yard or opens to a scenic view. Using white or light ceramic, stone or porcelain tile floors can also help create a more expansive space. A company that provides architectural design services can advise you on the best way to construct home additions that take advantage of the best views and yard space. Having an unobstructed view through a wall of windows is the way to achieve light and airy.

A white-on-white Great Room

A monochromatic Great Room or all-white space can work, according to Real Simple. The key is to include textures such as crocheted items and wool rugs. To add some color to a white Great Room, consider ocean blue and lime green accents. Silver accents in terms of lighting, mirrors and coffee tables will add a modern feel.

When taking on a home remodeling project, most homeowners think about the Great Room at the same time they are renovating their kitchens. If you have an outdated kitchen, you may want to tear down a wall between the kitchen and family room.

At Natelli Homes, we provide architectural design services for our valued clients in Maryland and Virginia. For more information on home additions including the addition of a Great Room or expansion of an open kitchen and living room, please contact us.

Sat 22 November 2014

5 Home Remodeling Projects to Increase Your Home's Value | Mclean VA Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Remodeling Tags: McLean VA, home remodeling, remodeling projects

9a6cea39-c77c-46bc-f611-cb23ba3bf151-thumbWith cooler weather on the horizon, many homeowners will begin to move indoors to tackles some home remodeling projects that have been waiting all summer to be completed. But before you dive-in, lock up, and starting swinging that hammer, have you considered which projects have the highest cost-value ratio for the time in the future when you decide to sell? Indoors and out? Don't worry! We've got you covered.

Here are 5 remodeling projects that have the highest cost-value ratio and won't break the bank to complete.

1. Steel Entry Door

Changing out your front door is a very wise decision. Not only does it have a high cost-value ratio (96.6-percent), its advantages are numerous compared to its wood counterparts. Overall durability, high insulative properties, and energy efficiency are just a few perks.

2. Add-on a Deck 

With a return of almost 87.4-percent of the initial cost, a deck is the perfect investment for your home. A deck adds a livable space to the exterior of your home, and many people looking to buy a new home include it on their must list.

3. Garage Door Replacement

How old is your garage door? If you don't know the answer, chances are it's time to replace it. And with a return of almost 84-percent (for mid- and high-range models) it should top your list.

4. Bathroom or Kitchen Remodel

For both of these projects, the return is quite high. For the homeowner completing the task, however, which you decide to do should be based purely on which needs it most. If you're unsure which to take on, ask your family for a consensus and start there.

5. Backup Power Generator

We know it's not necessarily a "project" in the strictest sense of the word, but adding a backup generator to your home is a huge cost-value ratio and, according to experts, is the "biggest gainer" this year. 

Backup Power Generator, increased 28% nationally to its all-time high of 67.5% in percentage of cost recouped, and jumped to 25th in the overall ranking.

Not sure where to begin with your fall project? Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions and for more information on how we can help.