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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.

Sun 16 November 2014

Latest Trends to Consider When Home Remodeling | Potomac MD Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Remodeling Tags: remodeling, Potomac MD, home remodeling, 2014 remodeling trends


“Outdated” is the enemy when it comes to a home that is prized for being a reflection of the homeowner’s marvelous sense of style. When undergoing a home remodeling project, it’s helpful to be aware of what’s on trend. According to a recent article by D Home Magazine, the entire point of a home remodeling project or custom home building is to create wholly personal spaces. At the same time, knowing the latest trends in home renovation can make the decision process a little less daunting for those who aren’t already committed to a particular look or style.

  • Keeping it light and natural

According to design experts, porcelain tiles that have a wood look are extremely on trend. Dark, hand-scraped floors are being replaced by more natural and lighter finishes such as gray and white. Natural stone floors are showing up in today’s homes that are newly built or newly remodeled.

  • Sticking with open spaces

Open spaces and clean lines are the norm in contemporary and modern homes, but experts say they are now happening in traditional homes as well. People who own homes with traditional exteriors are choosing to remodel the inside of their homes with open concepts. Homeowners today like open kitchens and more usable space.

  • Taking limited risks

Homeowners who take the bold leap by choosing an avant-garde or experimental design look often find themselves stuck with a trendy rather than on-trend home. When remodeling a home, take smaller risks by creating an unusual guest bathroom or selecting a floating staircase or bold entryway door.

Other home remodeling trends include reworking the spaces that were once designated as formal living and dining rooms. Many people want to use formal dining rooms as space to entertain during the holidays, but have the ability to quickly convert it into an office or study room the rest of the year. Experts say formal living rooms are now used as a retreat or library that houses the more old-fashioned furniture that doesn’t blend well with the modern tech toys and gadgets.

At Natelli Homes, we take pride in providing experienced architectural design services for clients in Maryland and Virginia. For more information on the latest home remodeling trends, please contact us.

Sun 09 November 2014

How to Survive a Home Remodeling Project | Arlington VA Email Print

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

f8565e4d-3c57-4ab5-a4d9-4fcc6bde3273-thumbYour home is your sanctuary, your kingdom, and your safe place. During a home remodeling project it might not feel like that, though. We've been remodeling homes in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland for decades, and we know how difficult it can be to live in a house that's undergoing a remodel. Here are the tips that we give our clients when the remodeling work begins:

  • Keep the other areas of your home as peaceful as possible. Remodeling work can be messy and noisy. By keeping the other areas of your home as peaceful as possible, you'll be able to retreat from the chaos and enjoy the parts of your home that aren't a part of the remodel. For instance, if we're working on your kitchen remodeling project, make your bedroom your go-to location to unwind. 
  • Focus on the progress that happens everyday. We encourage families to take pictures of the progress happening each day on their home renovation. That way you can look back at photos from just a few days ago and see that really, a lot of progress has been made on your bathroom renovation in a short amount of time. Plus, this is a great way to capture memories of your remodel and create an amazing before and after shot.  
  • Keep your mind focused on the big picture. The little bit of hassle that comes from a home remodeling project will be more than worth it when the work is over and you have the room in your home that you've always dreamed about. The beauty of your home will greatly outweigh any inconvenience you went through, and you'll be ready to move on to the next project right away. 

Of course, working with an experienced company like Natelli Homes can make a home remodeling project much easier! Our teams treat you and your home with respect, and they'll work hard to keep noise, mess, and inconvenience to an absolute minimum. We love creating beautiful new spaces for our clients, and we'll make sure you love having our teams in your home. If you are considering a home remodeling project, contact us and learn more about how we help you make the dreams you have for your home come true. 

Tue 04 November 2014

Bathroom Remodeling for a Stay-cation Spa | Bethesda MD Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Bathrooms Tags: Bathroom remodeling, Bethesda MD, bathroom remodeling Bethesda MD

f1d948a0-da79-4a27-dab0-72f47673a676-thumbAfter completing a bathroom remodeling project that turns your ordinary bathroom into a luxurious spa-like retreat, you may decide to vacation at home. With so many people in Maryland and Virginia working out of the home, it’s nice to have a relaxing getaway to detoxify your body and reduce stress. According to an article by Building Design & Construction, a survey of more than 400 kitchen and bath designers revealed that things are trending contemporary with less ornamentation in bathrooms and kitchens. An experienced builder that serves Maryland and Virginia can help you remodel your bathrooms with easy-maintenance features, more storage and accessible features such as shower benches. Having a space that is practical yet still makes you feel pampered is the key.

Soaking tubs and safe showers

Soaking tubs as well as free-standing non-jetted tubs are growing in popularity, according to bath designers. As part of bathroom remodeling project, you may also want to consider lighting and benches in the shower. Having a no-threshold shower is a way to prevent tripping when stepping in and out of a shower for people who are worried about safety as they age. When it comes to the actual shower, steam showers can make you feel like you are at a spa in your own home. Many walk-in showers today come equipped with digital controls, hand-held wand and rain showerheads.

Keeping it toasty and comfortable

Part of feeling like you are on vacation is being completely comfortable even when it’s snowing outside. Consider radiant floor heating when remodeling master bathroom or guest bathroom suite. For maximum comfort and safety, you may wish to change the height of toilets and vanities when remodeling.

Although granite was the go-to choice of countertop material for many years, now more people are opting for quartz. If you want to be cutting-edge, consider recycled glass countertops. As far as color scheme, the trends indicate beige, bone and gray are hot, but you may feel more invigorated with splashes of color. Everyone has a different idea about what makes them feel like they are on vacation. A professional can also help you with lighting, flooring and windows choices.

Natelli Homes provides architectural design services for clients in Maryland and Virginia who want to create a spa-like bathroom that’s perfect for you. For more information about remodeling your kitchen, bathroom or other parts of the home, please contact us.

Wed 29 October 2014

Tips for Planning for Home Additions | Chevy Chase MD Email Print

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

d6562a54-ed73-49d7-e7d2-f44ce554c8b9-thumbHome additions can completely change the form and function of any home.It is a big decision to add a single room or perhaps several rooms and will require some careful planning. To help ensure you get the finished home you want, use these 4 tips.

Know What You Want

This may seem obvious, but it is important to really understand exactly what you want as a finished product. How will you use your new home once the renovation is complete? How will you be using your home in 5 years or 10 years? Thinking about how your needs will change over time will ensure you are able to enjoy your new home for longer. If you understand the big picture of what you want then your builder can help you with the details of getting there.

Find the Right Builder

Once you have made the decision to add on to your home and you have an idea of what you want it is time to find the right builder.

  • Make sure they have plenty of experience and can provide references to previous clients. Be sure to actually check those references.
  • Check with the local home builders association or other professional builders association for membership. Membership in such an organization often indicates a high level of customer service and ethics.
  • Check to see if the builder has won any awards or holds any special certifications. Again this indicates excellence.
  • Make sure you get a written contract that explains exactly what the contractor will do and what you need to do if something goes wrong.
  • Verify they are licensed and insured.

Start Picking Finishes Early

In most renovations you are responsible for picking the finishes, flooring, cabinets, lights, paint etc. It is a good idea to start much earlier than you think you need to. Often these decisions take longer than anticipated. Also there may be delays in ordering and if you have extra time built into your timeline that will help avoid delays in the construction.

Plan for Living Under Construction

If you are renovating the home in which you live it will be important to understand how that impacts your daily life. For example if you are adding onto the kitchen you will need to determine how you will eat as you may not have access to appliances. If you are adding onto a living area how will that effect your life during construction? No matter what room you are adding there will be dust and dirt. If you have allergies or difficulty living in this type of situation you may need to consider taking a vacation or finding somewhere else to live temporarily.

It is also a good idea to plan on how you will deal with the stresses of adding on to your home. There will be delays, there may be difficulties that require repair discovered behind walls and there may be additional expenses. All of these add stress and it can be very helpful to consider how to deal with them before you begin. Set aside money for unexpected expenses and ensure you have a clear communication plan with the builder so that when they find an issue they know how to tell you in a timely manner.

Planning ahead for an addition will allow the process to run more smoothly and ensure a better finished product. For more information on adding on to your home contact us.

Wed 22 October 2014

Retro Kitchen Remodeling Ideas To Liven up Your Home | Great Falls VA Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Kitchens Tags: kitchen remodeling, remodeling Great Falls VA , Great Falls VA

162e1203-55ca-45ed-9788-4d381f4accd8-thumbWhether you own a split level home, an American Four Square or contemporary-style home in Maryland or Virginia, your kitchen is undoubtedly the hub of your home. A variety of products and materials that were popular in the past are making a big resurgence in the kitchen. Even if you don’t want a completely retro kitchen, it can be fun to explore the different kitchen remodeling trends as part of an eclectic design. According to an article that cited the National Remodeling Foundation, homeowners are embracing retro styling for their remodeling projects to achieve self-expression.

Retro and vintage appliances

When undergoing a major kitchen remodeling project, you may want to replace all of your outdated appliances. Ironically, what’s trending in new appliances is the old. Some refrigerators have a retro, mid-century modern type of design while being energy-efficient. Instead of the standard white or stainless steel, consider customizing appliances in bold colors.

Linoleum floors

Checker, plaid or painted linoleum floors can give your kitchen a vintage look. Linoleum floors are eco-friendly, comfortable and quiet. Made out of natural ingredients such as ground cork dust, limestone and linseed oil, linoleum is biodegradable and stylish. For a modern or creative kitchen, you can create patterned floor using linoleum tile. It’s a great tile for older people who can’t stand for long times on stone or hardwood surfaces.

Unique kitchen backsplashes

Another way to add some retro excitement to your kitchen remodeling project is to incorporate a decorative backsplash. If the rest of your kitchen is “busy” with patterns and color, it may be best to choose a neutral subway tile. Otherwise, you can afford to liven up the space with a playful backsplash in green, brown and blue glass tiles. Another option is stainless steel vintage kitchen backsplash to go with retro appliances.

Natelli Homes can help you remodel your kitchen as well as renovate your entire homes. No matter what the scale of the project, we provide architecture design services and lend our creativity and expertise to homeowners living in Virginia or Maryland. For more information, please contact us.

Wed 15 October 2014

Custom Homes for Small Lots: The Four Square Resurgence | Mclean VA Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Design Tags: custom homes, McLean VA, custom homes Mclean VA

6bccd565-592d-4e9d-e867-ff095d2db089-thumbHomeowners who want to build custom homes on their small lots in the Maryland and Virginia area often gravitate to modern-day versions of the American Four Square. Prairie architecture pioneered by Frank Lloyd Wright is making a reappearance as homeowners desire the luxury of a new construction home but the space offered by the four-square design. According to a recent report by the National Association of Home Builders, custom home building recorded growth this year. Many homebuyers today want homes that have the character of the past. The American Four Square or Prairie Box was popular in the mid-1890s to the late 1930s as a reaction to the ornate Victorian style.

Going beyond four rooms

The old four-square homes typically had four large boxy rooms to each floor. Today’s four-square custom homes may open to a foyer with a dining room on one side and an office on the other side. The middle of the home often has a stair hall that leads up to the second level as well as breakfast room and open kitchen. The other section of the main floor often has a covered terrace and family room. On the upper level, homeowners may have two smaller bedrooms on one side and a master suite with walk-in closets on the other side. Going beyond the “four squares,” custom homes today may include a mudroom on the lower level and an upstairs loft and additional bedroom over the garage.

Enjoying the outdoors

Being outside was important to people who owned an American Four Square before the advent of air-conditioning. Today, custom homes often come with covered flagstone porches and other outdoor amenities. While most four square homes are built on smaller lots, it’s also fun to build a Four Square custom home on a larger lot to allow for an outdoor kitchen area, pool, gazebo, gardens and other landscaping.

Some of the popular interior characteristics and materials used in custom homes with historical character include solid hardwood flooring and solid staircases. Coffered beamed ceilings may be constructed in the family room on the main level.

Natelli Homes Architectural Design and Construction Services is an experienced builder who builds an enhanced version of the basic four square as well as other custom homes. For more information about having an American Four Square home built for your family in the Washington DC area as well as Northern Virginia and Maryland, please contact us.

Wed 08 October 2014

Home Remodeling for a Signature Foyer | Potomac MD Email Print

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

b6c9a815-72a7-4a44-8137-6e3255cf7e1dYour home’s entryway or foyer is not just what your guests first see when they enter your home, but it’s the space that greets you at the end of a hard day. When planning a home renovation, the foyer is a key area of the home that can make you feel excited about where you live. Before hiring an architectural design firm for a home remodeling project, consider the statement you want to make with your foyer. Lighting, flooring, art niches, the doorway and a staircase are a few of the design elements to include. According to a recent article by HouseBeautiful, a foyer can be dramatic with the right choices for paint, furniture and art. But whether you want design touches such as wainscoting, tone-on-tone striped wallpaper or a new front door with translucent glass, a foyer renovation can improve first impressions.

Fabulous flooring

One of the major considerations when home remodeling is the flooring. Some people use a different flooring material for the foyer so it stands out. One option is to put down a mosaic floor medallion in either marble or ceramic. Another possibility is to select custom oval, round, square or other custom wood medallions or borders for hardwood flooring.

A stunning staircase

A stunning staircase is another major component of a home remodeling  project if you have a two-story home. Some creative ideas include installing a water feature with plants at the base of the stairways using a decorative stone surround. Different styles of staircases today include contemporary, traditional, modern, eclectic and Asian.

Other home remodeling possibilities for a gorgeous foyer include art niches in which you can hang favorite art pieces. Lighting is also a major consideration. Hanging a contemporary chandelier versus a traditional lighting fixture will foreshadow what’s in store for the rest of the home. Replace the existing door with a new one that is crafted with safety and style in mind.

At Natelli Homes Architectural Design and Construction Services, we can help you renovate your entire home, construct additions or redesign or renovate your foyer, entrances, porches, kitchens, bathrooms or other zones in the home. We provide construction and design services to the Washington DC area as well as Northern Virginia and Maryland. For more information, please contact us.

Mon 29 September 2014

Kitchen Remodeling Trends to Avoid or Embrace | Arlington VA Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Uncategorised Tags: kitchen remodeling, Arlington VA, kitchen remodeling arlington, 2014 remodeling trends

de3c1082-3c45-4211-c839-f42cd84552b9-thumbKitchen remodeling is hot. With so many options, it’s important to distinguish between what’s a fleeting trend and what’s going to make you happy for decades to come. According to a recent Forbes article, there are several kitchen remodel trends that homeowners should avoid. Of course, embrace a trend if you personally love a particular style or kitchen design feature for your Virginia or Maryland home. Not everyone is concerned about resale value, but about having the kitchen of their dreams. According to Forbes, the average cost of a kitchen remodel is now more than $50,000.

Parking your appliances

People used to park their appliances in appliance garages, but appliance garages take up a lot of counter space. A design expert can help you choose cabinets that open up to store pots and pans, spices and fine china. Illuminated kitchen cupboards are especially helpful. Cabinet drawers may be used to file papers. Trash and recycling cans can slide in and out of cabinetry as well.

Using updated backsplashes

Another important kitchen remodeling tip is to select a backsplash that fits the overall style of your home whether it’s country, contemporary or transitional. According to Forbes, the 4-inch backsplash trend has been replaced by porcelain, ceramic or glass tile that covers walls instead of just a few inches.

A kitchen island as a focal point

Kitchen islands are both practical and attractive. Ceiling-mounted racks to hang pots used to be popular, but can also be an eyesore. Many kitchen islands have built-in storage and see-through compartments. In a smaller kitchen, you may opt for a mobile kitchen cart to dress up your kitchen.

Other kitchen remodeling considerations include whether to choose stainless steel or the new colorful appliances. Should you pick the popular granite or choose something else? According to a piece by Houzz, popular countertop materials includes soapstone, copper, engineered quartz, tile, recycled glass, marble, concrete and stainless steel. A professional designer can help you with a kitchen palette that matches the overall style of your home.

At Natelli Homes Architectural Design and Construction Services, we help homeowners transform their kitchens. For help in renovating your kitchen or any other space in your Virginia or Maryland home, please contact us.

Tue 23 September 2014

Architectural Design Elements Trending: Grand Spaces | Bethesda MD Email Print

Written by Bob. Categories: Design Tags: Architectural Design Bethesda Maryland, Bethesda MD, architectural design, Architectural design trending
c6c3736e-fe3b-4efc-c04c-379807d83c77Upper-end new homes are increasing in size, while home additions increase livable space in homes. According to an article by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), some of the architectural design trends include bigger, more accessible homes as well as property enhancements such as decks and porches. When house hunting in Maryland and Virginia, you may feel claustrophobic in older bungalow and ranch-style homes. Most Marylanders and Virginians want larger homes with decks, porches or windows overlooking the landscape that changes with each of the four seasons.
  • Living in larger homes

As reported by the AIA, the size of homes has been trending up since 2010. Residential architects say there is a demand for two-story entryways and high ceilings as well as more square footage. Upper-end homes are much more likely to be spacious compared to the starter homes. Benefits of living in larger homes include the fact that the home can accommodate a growing family and more guests.

  • Creating accessible living

Another architectural design trend is accessibility. With baby boomers retiring, more people want wider hallways, fewer steps, ramps and door handles instead of knobs that are difficult to grab. People from the younger generations like “flex rooms” and other spaces that can be defined as they wish. The open-space concept layout continues to be popular with family rooms and kitchens that flow. Casual eat-in kitchen areas, dens and niche flex rooms replace the old formal living and dining rooms.

  • Blending indoor and outdoor spaces

From decks, porches, sunrooms to outdoor kitchens, gazebos and pools, more people are making outdoor improvements a priority. Seven out of 10 residential architects surveyed for a Home Design Trends Survey by the AIA said outdoor living is increasing in popularity. Some architectural design ideas include building a stone paver patio with decorative stone fence and stairs leading up to a steep backyard. A new pool and patio or porch and lanai can bring stylish architectural to the back of a home.

Natelli Homes Architectural Design and Construction Services offers unparalleled service. For help in learning about the latest architectural design choices available to you when having a custom home built or when renovating your existing home in Virginia or Maryland, please contact us.