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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.

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.

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.

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. 

b69efdd5-a831-4bb4-94bc-2b60ac8057ffIf you own a starter home in Maryland or Virginia, you may wonder if now is the time to list your home so you can afford a step-up home of your dreams. Certainly homes are selling, but other homeowners are raising the bar with stunning home remodeling projects. According to a realtor.com study cited by one MNS Real Estate article, two-thirds of consumers plan to remodel their homes in the next six months. Thirty-two percent of homeowners have a budget of $10,000 or more for home improvements. Thirty-two percent are engaged in home remodeling to improve the appearance of their homes for their own satisfaction, while 22 percent plan to sell their homes. Before listing your home, consult with a company that provides cost-effective renovations and home remodeling services. Some of the areas of the home to concentrate on for resale purposes include the entryway, kitchen and spa bathroom.

Signature curb appeal

The first goal of a home remodeling project is to improve curb appeal so that drive-by house hunters aren’t turned off. A signature entrance such as a portico can help sell a home. Perhaps as a backlash to the frugality of the Great Recession, home homebuyers want to feel as though their home is more of a castle.

Masterpiece kitchen

Kitchen home remodeling projects are also trending toward luxury and excess. According to one article by Freshome, kitchens are seen as the hub of the home. Even if no one is actually cooking in their kitchens, they want a place to study, work, talk, think and watch television. Most people spend their home remodeling dollars in the kitchen. Before listing your home to sell, it may be wise to update kitchen cabinets and countertops.

Bathroom retreat

A recent RealtyTimes article cited a Hanley Wood survey that revealed 58 percent of people taking on home remodeling projects plan bathroom updates. Bathrooms today are spa-like retreats that include futuristic bath fixtures and trends such as heated floors, waterfall showers and modern touch faucets. Depending on your budget, you may select marble or granite, custom tiles and elegant fixtures.

After renovating your home, you may be fortunate enough to receive multiple offers. But it may be difficult to sell your home when you realize how beautiful it has become. At Natelli Homes, we help our clients renovate their existing homes in Maryland and Virginia as well as build lovely custom homes. For more information, please contact us.