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10-tips-to-help-you-save-on-building-your-custom-home-potomac-mdSo you've finally done it. You made an investment in your future, purchased a lot of your very own, and are now in the early stages of building your first custom home. A job that, and we know, is both difficult and incredibly stressful.

With that, here are 10 tips to help you get ready for the ride of a lifetime, as you build your custom home.

1. Have an emergency plan in place. Why? Because even in spite of all of your hard work and planning, bad things can still happen. So have a contingency plan in place for some peace of mind.

2. A little bit of research can carry you very far. We're talking books, home and garden TV, talking to experts, and so on. Do it all now, and you'll be prepared for anything.

3. Scout other homes for ideas on what you want. If doing it in person is not in the cards, consider using the Internet to do most of the heavy-lifting. 

4. Hire an architect that you can not only trust, but also rely on to give you what you want. Look at portfolios, and never simply hire the first one that you talk to.

5. Similarly, hire the right company to help you complete the work. A qualified professional who is well-versed in building custom homes will make the whole process run smooth and easy.

6. Speak candidly with all of those helping you. Let them know what you want, what you don't want, and things that are deal-breakers. It's important to getting the most out of the process.

7. Don't be afraid to negotiate payments and costs. It is, after all, your dream home, so pick your battles carefully and save whenever you can.

8. When furnishing or buying supplies, look online for suppliers that offer free shipping. There are many great deals to be had if you're savvy enough.

9. Take discounts and deals whenever possible; buy wholesale instead of retail. Building a custom home from the ground up is expensive. So it's OK to cut costs at first. Worry about larger items a few years down the road.

10. Don't be afraid to pitch-in when needed! The work you complete on your own is like putting money back into your pocket. It's worth it to get your hands dirty from time to time. 

Interested in learning more about how we can help you build your dream home? Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your options.


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.

homes blogMany kitchen remodeling projects live or die based upon upgrading appliances, but with so many other aspects of renovation to consider, it is worth asking if you really need a new refrigerator, range or oven. Perhaps by not upgrading, you will have more money to splurge on more stylistic design elements like countertops, flooring, cabinets and more. On the other hand, you don't to blow your budget on style when you may really need to upgrade those large appliances. Before finalizing your kitchen remodeling budget, make a solid effort to determine if appliance upgrades are the best way to spend your money.  

    • Refrigerators:

      Side-by-side refrigerators are often one of the centerpieces of a kitchen remodeling plan, but they may not really be as desirable as you think. When measuring for a side-by-side replacement, make sure you will have enough space for people to easily get around in the kitchen when both doors are wide open. Also keep in mind that some side-by-side refrigerators may not be wide enough to handle items like like extra-large pizza boxes, serving platters or even a big Thanksgiving turkey. A family that thrives on refrigerating fast food and leftovers and only cooks meals a few times a week might want to consider upgrading to a refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom, thus allowing easier access to the space you use most. 

    • Ovens:

      Kitchen remodeling gives you the opportunity for a large appliance upgrade that makes cooking more efficient. If you currently have oven built into the wall with the range located elsewhere, then take advantage of kitchen remodeling to upgrade to a freestanding oven/range combination that improves the efficiency of the kitchen work triangle.  Upgrading your oven during kitchen remodeling may be advisable if you currently have an electric oven and prefer working with a gas oven or vice versa.  

    • Stoves:

      This large appliance may be deemed worthy of an upgrade as part of your kitchen remodeling plan if currently cook on an electric range and prefer the precision of cooking with gas. Another good reason for upgrading the stove as part of your kitchen remodeling dream is if you use the stovetop to fry a lot and have grown sick of the mess it makes. In this case, definitely take a look at glasstop ranges that make cleaning up messes much easier. Those with much older stoves would want to seriously contemplate the cost of upgrading to a more contemporary model of this large appliance with features like a built-in warming drawer or warming burner.  

    • Dishwashers:

      Just about everyone who considers kitchen remodeling thinks of upgrading their dishwasher. Inefficient cleaning may just mean you need to troubleshoot the dishwasher you already have or it may be a sign of dirtier dishes to come. On the other hand, a dishwasher running so loudly that it forces you to turn up the volume on the TV in your bedroom on the other side of house is one almost definitely due for replacement. Dishwashers manufactured today are significantly quieter than those made in the 20th century. Older dishwashers are also energy vampires and upgrading this kitchen appliance can potentially start saving you money on your power bills immediately. 

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This heavily wooded custom home lot in Bethesda Maryland needed several trees to be removed.  Patrick Musser Tree Service did a great job and managed a clean and safe site within a residential neighborhood   http://youtu.be/79z9d7RvuD4. The new home will commence soon.  We will update you with progress.