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Wed 11 March 2015

Home Remodeling: How To Prioritize | Bethesda, MD Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Remodeling Tags: Remodeling Bethesda Maryland, remodeling in bethesda md, home remodeling bethesda md, home remodeling

home-remodeling-how-to-prioritize-bethesda-mdBefore you meet with a home remodeling company to get work started to update and improve the look of your Maryland or Virginia home, sit down to hammer out a budget and priority list. According to an article by Houzz, a major home project often feels overwhelming. Taking a DIY approach causes a lot of marital friction, according to experts. Much of the stress associated with hiring a professional is simply not knowing where to begin or what you really want. Experts suggest examining your home and whether it still functions the way your family needs it to function.

  • Getting the money together

Some people take out a home equity line of credit (HELOC) to pay for home remodeling projects. A HELOC can work well if you aren’t sure how much money you want or need to spend on improving your home. You can start with a kitchen remodeling project, tapping your HELOC as needed. Other people rather pay cash and stick to a definite budget. Your builder can inform on the costs of different projects based on the type of finishes, cabinetry, countertops and design choices.

  • Walking through your own home

In order to define your home remodeling priorities, you need to get a detached perspective on your home. Walk through your home with a notebook and pen as if you are a stranger looking at it for the first time. Some people as a Realtor to walk through and recommend which areas need the most improvement for resale value. Pay attention to how you feel when you are in each room of the home. Do you feel claustrophobic? Is there enough light coming in? Identify the problems so you can hear suggestions from a builder about how to remedy the situation.

  • Making a master plan

Having a master plan makes it easier for yourself and the builder. Your master plan can include details about how you plan to finance or pay for the remodeling work. Have a list of priorities in case you can’t afford every item on your home remodeling wish list. Make sure you discuss your master plan with our spouse or other decision-makers in the home. Collect samples of flooring, paint colors, fabric, cabinetry and countertops to keep with your written plan. You can always change out colors and finishes, but make those decisions before your builder starts the ordering process.

At Natelli Homes, we work with clients in Maryland and Virginia who want to improve their quality of life with cost-effective home improvements with a high-end look. For more information on our architectural, remodeling and renovation services, please contact us.

Wed 04 March 2015

What’s Trending with Master Bedrooms in Custom Homes | Potomac, MD Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Design Tags: custom home potomac maryland, custom homes, Potomac MD, custom homes potomac md

whats-trending-with-master-bedrooms-in-custom-homes-potomac-mdWhile the kitchen and bathrooms receive a lot of attention in Maryland or Virginia custom homes, the master bedroom is also trending as one of the most beloved rooms in a home. Whether you are renovating or in the process of building a custom home, it’s important to consider the look and feel of your master bedroom. Many homeowners today see the need for dual master bedrooms, especially with so many long-term guests. According to an article by Freshome, the bedroom is often a private space that is custom designed for your taste. Of course, with a guest master bedroom, you can decorate and design it with a more universal appeal in mind. Freshome points out that a bedroom is a private sanctuary. Your builder can incorporate recessed ceilings, bay or bow windows and other architectural features. Ask your builder about ideas such as an adjoining sitting area, extra-large walk-in closet with organizers and the doorway between the bedroom and master bathroom.

  • Choosing a color palette

One of the decisions for you to make when envisioning a bathroom remodel or a new home is the color palette of your master bedroom. Experts say some of the most popular colors in the past year included gray, soft blacks and whites.

  • Taking a cue from a hotel

Another thing that’s trending with master bedrooms is the glitz and glamour of a hotel. In essence, it’s all about elegance, extravagance and spaciousness. You can ask your builder about having a wall of windows or sliding glass doors that overlook your backyard, but also include hotel-style drapes that you can close for total privacy.

  • Using natural materials

Whether it’s the bedroom or the kitchen, more people are using eco-friendly and natural materials. For flooring, consider bamboo floors. One idea is to use a brick accent wall where the headboard would go. Natural materials and natural tones create a restful area. Also trending is the rustic look, especially for people with Maryland or Virginia country homes or homes with an Adirondack influence.

At Natelli Homes, we take pride in building beautiful custom homes such as the four-square home, cottage design and modern split-levels. We can also renovate your home to include a second master bedroom to accommodating aging parents or young adult children. For more information on our custom homes and architectural services, please contact us.

Thu 26 February 2015

Top 3 Reasons to Consider Home Additions | Bethesda, MD Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Additions Tags: additions bethesda md, Bethesda MD, home additions bethesda md, home additions

top-3-reasons-to-consider-home-additions-bethesda-mdThe experts at Natelli Homes frequently field calls from homeowners who want to know about our quality control, scheduling and efficiency protocols when working on home additions. But recently, we have begun getting calls from consumers who are wondering if they should consider this type of construction project to begin with – or if they might be better served by a simple remodel. Finally, we compiled the three most common reasons why home owners are favoring an addition over a remodel.

  1. Return on investment. You know that adding on a new master suite increases the value of your home. By freeing up another bedroom in your home for a different use, this property is now much more likely to be appealing to a potential future buyer. When this consumer looks for space to build a home office or needs a certain number of bedrooms for the children in the family, your home with its added space might be just the right property. But be careful! Some additions, U.S. News & World Report warns that the average sun room add-on is only worthwhile when it has year-round function, may not recoup your expenses as well as others.
  2. Increase in usable space. Larger homes always fetch more money in the housing market than those with a large backyard but a very limited square footage count inside the house. Building up or building out creates more usable space that suits your family today and attracts a good selling price at some point in the future.
  3. Meeting today’s and tomorrow’s needs. If you have a growing family, consider your current and future needs. When you like the neighborhood and the schools, you are not very likely to pack up and move. With a commitment to stay in the home, it is a good idea to modify it to meet your current and future needs. For example, a new addition to the family calls for more room. Anticipating that your other children will turn into teens in a few years, begin now to think of their room needs. When you know that you will welcome an elderly parent into your home within the next few years, consider now what type of home additions would best suit your needs when this day finally does come.

Once you decide that a home addition is indeed the right decision for your family, contact us for more information. We discuss curb appeal, design elements that are germane to your property’s appearance and also the look of your neighborhood. Staying within the constraints of your area’s overall look and feel is an important aspect when building an addition that fits right onto your property parcel.

Thu 19 February 2015

Going for Functionality with Your Kitchen Remodeling Project | Great Falls, VA Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Kitchens Tags: kitchen remodeling, home remodeling, kitchen design ideas, home remodeling great falls, kitchen remodeling great falls, remodeling projects, remodeling Great Falls VA

going-for-functionality-with-your-kitchen-remodeling-project-great-falls-vaA kitchen makeover can make your Maryland or Virginia home more valuable to your family, guests and potential buyers in the future. By going with a more timeless kitchen remodeling project, you will save money. According to a recent article by The Coloradoan, kitchens today need to accommodate the renewed interest in cooking. It may sound strange, but kitchens in the past decade served more as a design feature or artistic statement because some homeowners didn’t cook. Now with the renewed interest in cooking and baking from scratch, people need a kitchen that’s functional as well as attractive. Experts say kitchens in 2015 emphasize low-maintenance as well as functionality. To meet your kitchen remodeling goals, consider hiring an experienced builder who provides remodeling services. The kitchen remains one of the most important areas of the home for people who cook as well as people who just like to use their granite countertops as a place to lay the pizza box.

Choosing smart appliances

One trend this year is to choose smudge-proof appliances. Many stainless steel appliances are difficult to maintain, but you can still get the look you love with new designs. Also, opt for energy-efficiency whenever possible to save money and conserve resources.

Incorporating the island

Most homeowners today want an island with seating. According to a piece by Southern Living, functional kitchen islands combine work space with storage and dining space. Whether you choose a kitchen island with clean, modern lines or one with vintage-inspired materials such as beaded board, think in terms of what's practical. An open kitchen island provides easy access to pots and pans. A moveable island creates a more versatile space for dining or preparing food.

Selecting durable countertops

As part of your kitchen remodel, you need to choose cabinetry as well as countertops. Before ordering granite countertops, think about other options that are just as timeless and practical. Poured concrete countertops are extremely stain resistant and strong. Butcher block has a more casual look but is environmentally friendly. Cork, stainless steel, marble, and non-porous engineered quartz countertops are other options for your kitchen.

At Natelli Homes, we help our Maryland and Virginia clients design a dream kitchen that will endure as different design trends fade over time. We can help you choose the right sink, knobs, pulls, backsplash and lighting for an overall kitchen makeover. For more information about kitchen remodeling and other architectural services, please contact us.

Fri 20 February 2015

McLean, VA Home Remodeling Email Print

Written by admin2. Categories: Remodeling Tags: Remodeling McLean Virginia, home remodeling mclean virginia, remodeling, home remodeling, home remodeling Mclean VA, remodeling McLean, va

home remodeling project is a wonderful idea for a homeowner looking to give their home a new look.

We offer our home remodeling services to the surrounding McLean, VA area. 

Feel free to contact us today if you would like to pursue a home remodeling project for your home.  

Our McLean, VA home remodeling clients have been thrilled with the work we have completed for them.

Our number one priority is the customer.

We love doing what we do. We thoroughly plan out all the proper steps clearly so the homeowner knows exactly what is going on. Does a home remodeling project interest you? If so, please visit www.natellihomes.com and contact us today.

Offering high quality home remodeling projects to the McLean, VA area!

Fri 20 February 2015

Custom Homes Chevy Chase Email Print

Written by admin2. Categories: Design Tags: Bethesda Maryland, Additions Bethesda Maryland, additions bethesda md, additions, Bethesda MD, home additions bethesda md, home additions

Our custom home service is one of the finest in the entire country. We have built many custom homes in the Chevy Chase area for our clients which range from lobbyists to even an astronaut.

We proudly offer our custom home services to the Chevy Chase area. 

Feel free to contact us today if you would like a personal consultation for our custom home services.  

Our custom home serviced clients in the Chevy Chase area have been thrilled with the work we have completed for them.

Our number one priority is the customer.

We love doing what we do. We thoroughly plan out all the proper steps clearly so the homeowner knows exactly what is going on. Interested for a custom home in the Chevy Chase area? If so, please visit www.natellihomes.com and contact us today.

Offering the best custom home service in the surrounding Chevy Chase area!

Fri 20 February 2015

Bethesda Home Additions Email Print

Written by admin2. Categories: Additions Tags: Bethesda Maryland, Additions Bethesda Maryland, additions bethesda md, additions, Bethesda MD, home additions bethesda md, home additions

Who wouldn't want a home addition completed for their home to give your house the maximum amount of space possible. Home additions give homeowners countless opportunities to add onto their already existing home space.

We proudly offer home additions to homeowners in the Bethesda, MD area. 

Feel free to contact us today if your looking to have a home addition done for your Bethesda, MD home.  

Our home addition customers in the Bethesda, MD area have loved the work we have done with their homes.

Our number one priority is the customer.

We love doing what we do. We thoroughly plan out all the proper steps clearly so the homeowner knows exactly what is going on. Interested in a home addition for your Bethesda, MD home? If so, please visit www.natellihomes.com and contact us today.

Offering high quality home additions to the Bethesda, MD area!

Fri 20 February 2015

Great Falls, VA Home Additions Email Print

Written by admin2. Categories: Additions Tags: additions, home remodeling, home additions, home remodeling great falls, home renovations great falls, Great Falls VA

Home additions are a perfect way for a homeowner to expand room in their house. Are you looking for a new bedroom or possibly a new deck attached to your home? Whatever the reason, many homeowners take the path of a home addition to add more space to their home.

We offer home additions to the Great Falls, VA surrounding area. 

Feel free to contact us today if your looking to have a home addition done for your Great Falls, VA home.  

Our home addition customers in the Great Falls, VA area have loved the work we have done with their homes.

Our number one priority is the customer.

We love doing what we do. Every time with get a request for a Great Falls, VA home addition, we thoroughly plan out all the proper steps clearly so the homeowner knows exactly what is going on. If you are interested in a home addition for your Great Falls, VA home, please visit www.natellihomes.com and contact us today.

Offering high quality home additions to the Great Falls, VA area!

Fri 20 February 2015

Home Additions in Potomac, MD Email Print

Written by admin2. Categories: Additions Tags: additions in potomac maryland, home remodeling potomac md, additions potomac md, additions, home additions potomac md, home remodeling, home additions

A home addition can be a great way to add value and space to your home. Maybe your family size has increased and you have found there is very limited space in your house. Maybe you are looking to put your house on the market eventually. Either way, home additions are a perfect idea for a house.

We are proud to offer home additions to the Potomac, MD area. 

Feel free to contact us today if your looking to have a home addition done for your Potomac, MD home.  

Our Potomac, MD home addition customers have been extremely satisfied with our work.

Our number one priority is the customer.

We love doing what we do. Every time with get a request for a Potomac, MD home addition, we thoroughly plan out all the proper steps clearly so the homeowner knows exactly what is going on. If you are interested in a home addition for your Potomac, MD home, please visit www.natellihomes.com and contact us today.

Offering high quality home additions to the Potomac, MD area!

Thu 12 February 2015

5 Ways to Remodel Your Home Like the Pros | Potomac, MD Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Remodeling Tags: Remodeling Potomac Maryland, home remodeling potomac md, Potomac MD, home remodeling, remodeling projects, remodeling potomac md

5-ways-to-remodel-your-home-like-the-pros-potomac-mdIf you're a home remodeling junky like we are, you likely spend a great deal of your free-time glued to television shows on DIY networks. Shows that provide tips on creating your perfect living environment, sometimes on a dime, and sometimes extravagantly. Both are good.

Trust us... we know the feeling. We love decorating and remodeling, too. We love exploring the ins and outs of how to make a bathroom more functional; ways to create a comfy, cozy den; and paints, colors, and accessories to make any room pop. 

In this post, we'll give you 5 decorating ideas to help you create your dream home. So sit back, grab a pen and paper, and read on!

1. Open Floor Plans: They aren't the right fit for every home, but an open floor plan touches many people right in their heart. An open floor plan is perfect for entertaining, decorating, designing, and experimenting with colors, contrast, and contentment. We recommend looking into an open floor if your home allows for it. 

2. Utility Room Functionality: The utility room, or if you prefer, the laundry room, is just one of those rooms people often forget. Yet it serves great purpose. We think that a functional space has potential for coziness, while still being inviting. Consider that when you are re-designing your next room.

3. Guest Room of "Shoulds": If you have a guest room, maybe it's time to rethink its purpose, its design, and its feel. A guest room should be formal yet comfortable. It should have a great theme while exuding cleanliness. Similar to a hotel, a guest room should invite your guests in for the night, and relax their senses.

4. Lighting Everywhere: No one likes a drab or dull living area (or any area). Lighting in all the right places is illuminating for everyone who lives in your home. If you're really looking to make an impact, consider installing skylights to let every inch of light possible in.

5. Bathroom Elegance: Bathrooms are sometimes small, but they are no less important. A well-designed bathroom is something of beauty. Marble counter tops, muted eggshell colors, gold and silver fixtures, and various lighting choices for the user are all excellent ways of turning a normal bathroom into a magazine cover.

For more information on how we can help you create the home you've always dreamed of, please contact us any time.