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Home improvement is the perfect option for any Chevy Chase homeowner looking to tighten up their home. Never worry about leaking faucets or clogged gutters. Chevy Chase homeowners no longer need to worry about the frustrations your home may give you on a daily basis. Simply give yourself a stress-free experience and let us take care of any home improvement services you would like done for your house.

We offer home improvement to the surrounding Chevy Chase area. 

Feel free to contact us today if you would like to undergo any home improvement services for your home.  

Our Chevy Chase home improvement clients have been more than pleased with the work we have completed for them.

Our number one priority is the customer.

We love doing what we do. Having the proper plan is imperative for any home service, especially regarding home improvement. If you are interested in any home improvement project, please visit www.natellihomes.com and contact us today.

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46552a7e-6e8c-4844-fb98-5ea8f802fa2aThe overall success of your project hinges heavily on many deciding factors. Planning, design scheme, if it is a brand new building, or your are working with an existing structure are just a few of the issues you will need to discuss. So which architectural design service you choose can make all the difference.

So whether it's a new custom home, a renovation or an addition, here are 3 tips on choosing the right architectural design service for the job.

Research

Just as you did for your new project, doing proper research when you are trying to find a skilled and experienced architectural designer is key to its success. Look them up on the Internet, call to speak to them in person, meet them at their office, view other projects they've completed, and ask for testimonials, request copies of their previous work, and so on. The more you know, the less stress you'll have in the future.

Estimates

Talking about price for many people is difficult, and staying within a budget may be non-negotiable for some owner's. For this reason, always get detailed, written estimates of price, which contains specifics and details itemizing the project down to every cent you plan to spend. Look for a "cost objective" at the very start of the project, even if you are planning a brand new home. This way, when it comes time to make the choice, you can use each quoted price as a means to decide.

Top-Notch Service

Prices can be a huge factor for what choice you make. But sometimes this isn't always for the best. While a lower price may seem attractive at the beginning, what's more important in a lot of instances is capability, skill level, and the service being offered. For this reason, deciding on an architectural design service for your project should also include that the services being offered exceed your expectations, not just meet them. 

 

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When you purchase a home, you may run into a situation where a bathroom is just really small, and the previous homeowner either decided on a poor design, or they did not fix the problem after buying. It is an issue that some people avoid tackling, but it is worthwhile, especially when it is a bathroom that you would like to use and rely on the fact you can use it on a regular basis.

Utilize Every Bit of Space, Especially Corners

In order to create the most function for your bathroom, you should try to use all available space. However, it is important to have enough walking room and room to move around after leaving the toilet, getting out of the shower, or stepping out of the bathtub. Ideally, you should try to use the corners of a bathroom to your advantage as this is space you are not likely to walk on or around. For instance, you can put additional storage in this area, which can reduce your need for storage elsewhere.

Choose a Single-Hole Faucet Model

It is best to have patience with bathroom remodeling, and this is because it can be a time-consuming process, especially when you have to deal with the plumbing of your home. However, replacing a faucet is generally quite simple, but this is not the reason it makes for an excellent part of your renovation. Switching to a single-hole faucet not only saves space, but these new water faucets are generally more energy-efficient compared to older models, which means energy savings on your side.

Downsize Your Toilet and Benefit in Multiple Ways

While a round toilet may usually be the smallest option compared to an elongated toilet, this is not always the case. Most homeowners enjoy the additional space that comes with an elongated toilet bowel, and while the majority of people would not consider it for a small bathroom, there are actually compact elongated toilets that are the same size of round toilets.

It is an outstanding choice for those looking to improve their bathroom while not consuming any extra space. Additionally, you cannot go wrong with new toilets as there are very energy-efficient models, even models that have a dual-flush option to avoid wasting water unnecessarily.

 

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ca5cdc8d-aa08-4b8b-a114-1cc1478a2f3dWhat more could you ask for in terms of building your dream? A custom home that is built exactly to the highest level quality, is truly one-of-a-kind, and exceeds the standards of used homes may not be as difficult as you think to attain. 

Here are just a few of the advantages of building a custom home.

Individuality

If you want a home that is exactly you, a custom home is the route to go. They stand out in a crowd, march to the beat of their own drum, and are architecturally unique. You can include and exclude any features you want.

Range of Materials

Because a custom home is built to your specifications, you can choose to design it in any way you see fit. This includes the facade. You can have it crafted as log cabin, a brick townhouse, or even a New Mexico pueblo-style if you'd like. The sky's the limit.

Energy Conscious

Older, used homes either have to be upgraded to meet current green standards, which can be very expensive, or it's simply not possible to complete in their current state. With a custom home, however, you can start from scratch with things like solar panels, insulation, water-saving features, and recycled building materials, all of which lead to less of an ecological footprint and greater efficiency savings.

Lifestyle Amenities

Searching for a home that includes all of the aspects your lifestyle needs can be a nightmare. But with a custom home, you can have all of the amenities you are looking for from the very beginning. Breezy, screened-in sun porch? Yep. Fitness swimming pool? Sure. Home theater? Absolutely. You can have anything you want.

Intragenerational Living

With a custom home you can design your needs right into your lifestyle. With more and more families living together longer, children moving back home, and elders moving in with children, a custom home is the perfect way to tailor your home to fit your lifestyle. 

 

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Smaller home additions have as much impact as large ones.  If you lack the space to expand, it's time to be creative.  Work with the existing structure and add only the things you need.  Here are some ideas for a small and effective home expansion.

Turning unused space into something new is a great cost-saving idea. 

  • Evaluate the home and determine if the space is currently in use.  For example, if you never use the dining room, merge the table with the kitchen and turn that dining room space into something else. Another example is turning a small room into an exercise room, laundry room or walk-in closet.
  • Unused small rooms can attach to the adjacent room to make the space larger.  You will have to knock down the wall separating them, if possible.  For example, merge the dining room space with the kitchen or living room space.
  • Use attic, storage or basement space into something useful.  Additional bedroom, closet space and kids rooms are great examples.

If you do need to tack on additional space, be specific.  You want the investment to be worth every penny. 

  • Add a carport, garage or driveway to the property.  After dents and scratches from being on the side of the street, your car will thank you.  Garages take up so much land, but provide 360-degree shelter for your car.  In addition, people can use the walls of the garage for storage.  A carport is a cheaper option providing sidewalls and a roof for shelter. If you want storage, you can give up space for a small utility closet.  A third option is to create a driveway; while it doesn't shield your car, at least it's off the street.
  • Prefer outdoor gatherings or enjoying the view? A patio, sunroom or deck is your solution.
  1. Sunrooms are enclosed glass chambers where families and friends can enjoy the outdoors without going outdoors.  Place sunrooms near the kitchen, living room or dining room in an area where the outdoor view is breathtaking and the sun hits the room during the day.
  2. Patios are an alternative to sunrooms.  Installation is at the back of the home.  Some patios come with ceilings and walls; some don't.
  3. Decks don't come with ceilings or enclosures, but are a great place to feel the wind, look at the view and host gatherings.  It's great for anyone to be in the thick of outdoor space.
  • Fireplaces bring people together, so it's no wonder it's a popular home addition feature.  Fireplaces come in many shapes and styles.  As far as function, there are three kinds: wood burning, electric and gas.  Choose to install one inside or outside the home.  Place the fireplace in an area where it will be used a lot (patio, living room, kitchen, bedroom or bathroom).

Home additions are large and extravagant operations.  It doesn't have to be.  By being creative, you can get the most out of the space allotted with visually pleasing results. 

 

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Are you running out of space in your home? That's the problem a lot of people are facing. The economy is bringing families together again, for better or for worse. Many college students aren't able to find a good job after they earn their degree, so they end up moving back home. According to Pew Research, there are currently over 21 million people from the Millennial generation living at home. It's not just the college students, though. Many older generations are choosing to live with their children instead of living in a nursing home or assisted care facility. That means more people are living together in one home, and many of them are started to feel the space crunch

If you feel like your family is living on top of one another, it may be time to consider home additions. Instead of forcing people out or looking for a bigger (and more expensive!) home, consider adding on to your existing structure. This can often be a money-saving option that gives everyone the space they need without putting a strain on the family budget. You can customize the area to fit the needs of the individual. Add an outside entry for your late-night-loving young adult, or make sure mom and dad have their own sitting area to enjoy the morning news while your kids enjoy cartoons. Whatever it is that your family needs, Natelli Homes is here to help make it happen. 

Contact us today and let's start talking about the space solutions you need. Our experienced designers and architects will draw up plans for a space you'll love and establish a budget that won't break the bank. Then you'll be ready to contact a builder and make these dreams a reality. Imagine having all the room you need and never having to leave the neighborhood or the house you love. Make room for everyone with a design from Natelli Homes!

 

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With the economy doing so badly in recent years, home remodeling hasn't exactly been at the top of everyone's budget. But giving your home a make-over is making a comeback at long last! Here are five of the top trends to keep your eye on:

  1. Kitchens go modern- Not too long ago people were looking for the comfort of a rustic kitchen with warm colors, wrought iron hardware, and cozy lighting. 2014 expects to see a strong push for modern kitchens with cabinetry in white or gray, simple countertops, and minimalist designs.
  2. Brass is back- Brass trim is back on the list of must-haves for the home of 2014. If the modern kitchen is not for you, a rustic kitchen can be brought up to date with dull, hammered brass hardware. It lets you keep the warmth of the past while being thoroughly up-to-date!
  3. Bathroom update- The bathroom comes in right behind the kitchen for remodels. 58% of remodelers plan to remake their bathrooms in 2014, and the trend is for modern resort-style bathrooms with large walk-in showers with multiple heads, heated floors, glass tiles, and cool shades of blue, white, and grey.
  4. Colors- While kitchens and baths are getting treatments in monochrome or soft, pale colors, the rest of the house is seeing the 2013 trend of vibrant colors evolve into accent colors that are focal points.Pantone, the international authority on colors, sees designers going for a trend of colors such as "nectarine", "green flash", "lemon zest", and "rouge red".
  5. Greener and greener- Going green was once a perk. Now it's an assumption. Energy-efficient appliances, renewable materials such as bamboo, and designs that incorporate the local climate, such as tall windows to channel the sun's warmth into a room, are all eco-friendly trends that are getting easier and easier to go with.

 

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Many homeowners strive to improve the value of their home through various additions and upgrades. However, you can do this while also personalizing your property into something that you not just like, but love because it is able to reflect who you really are. By following certain upgrades and giving them a personal touch, you can make your home better while also increasing its value with incredible success.

Addition of a Patio, Deck, or Porch

It is okay to focus on things that already exist in your home, but the addition of a deck, patio, or porch can have an enormous impact on enjoyment and value. When you add something brand new, this means that you can be the one to decide each and every detail from the beginning to the end. Creating a realistic budget for a project like this is definitely recommended because it is easy to get out of hand, but after doing this you can use a professional to stay on track and have a great outcome. In regard to details, there are beams, railing, material, design, and size to consider, so there is a lot of room for personalization.

Minor Changes to Your Kitchen

While a major kitchen upgrade may be something you want to do, increasing the value of your property with home remodeling does not require significant changes or additions. In this case, instead of purchasing all new cabinets, you can have them refaced, and then you can invest into wooden countertops as they are an inexpensive alternative to granite. It is possible to increase the value of your home from your kitchen alone by something as simple as changing window molding, so do not doubt the benefits of even the smallest upgrades or changes to your kitchen.

Remove All Wood Paneling and Popcorn

In order to make a drastic improvement in terms of appearance, getting rid of wood paneling and popcorn must be done. Fortunately, this is a fairly inexpensive process, which makes it worthy of being a priority. Getting rid of these two features in your home can make it look a lot newer, especially because it is the old properties that still have paneling and popcorn. Doing some remodeling to your home can be an excellent investment for various reasons, one of them being an increase in value.


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19e38db1-71c5-4c49-fafb-77ba1bff9e47It is easy to spend thousands of dollars on your home throughout the years, so being able to increase your monthly savings can have an enormous impact after a significant amount of time has passed. With a few upgrades, it is possible to earn $20 per month in savings, which may not seem like much, but it adds up to $240 per year and $2,400 over the course of a whole decade. Making use of home remodeling in an attempt to save money is an excellent option, but you must focus on the long-term savings and not immediate savings as this is where you will see a huge difference in costs.

Replacing Your Windows and Doors

While older windows and doors may work fine, they may not be doing their job to save you money. It is beneficial to replace them as you can get energy-efficient ones that will lower your utilities. When your central air conditioning system has to do less work to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, you will end up using less energy, and this is how you will save money by replacing windows and doors.

Getting Energy-efficient Appliances

Along with acquiring appliances from reputable manufacturers, you should focus on energy-efficient ones as this can lead to savings on homeowners insurance in the form of a discount after getting certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. While the savings from home insurance is worth looking forward to, other savings come from another upgrade to reduce your energy usage.

Investing in a Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater may cost a bit more money than a standard one, but you are more than likely to be satisfied with investing in one for long-term savings and because it requires far less maintenance. It is important to understand that an upgrade like this will cost more than purchasing a standard water heater and having it installed, so it is the future that you must look at to understand the value in this investment. When you want to increase your long-term savings from home remodeling, feel free to contact us as we can provide you with the help you need to make this happen.

f28fbb3c-600f-4f3e-e122-b221d6d09b46Live in a house long enough and eventually you are going to reach a point where the desire of doing some home renovations becomes almost an obsession. In many cases, this obsession (or even just a simple desire) meets up with the roadblock known as a lack of liquidity. One of the nice things about living in a house long enough to reach the point where home renovations transforms from a want to need is that it may also be long enough to build up enough equity to qualify for a loan.

A home equity loan, to be precise. The home equity loan is a very popular method method of borrowing money for renovations, remodeling and home improvements. (Though, despite its name, a home equity loan can be spent any way you like; it doesn't have to be spent on your home.) You even have two different options for structuring the loan: either for a fixed amount or by establishing a line of credit to draw upon as necessary.

It is very much worth noting that despite being known by a different name, a home equity loan is basically just a second mortgage. Which means that you will once again be expected to jump through the very same hoops you jumped through with your first mortgage. That means filling out a loan application, paying closing costs, application fees and points and facing the ultimate penalty of foreclosure if you can't pay the loan back.

Despite those not inconsiderable downsides, there is an upside to taking out a home equity loan to cover the cost of home renovations. In most cases, you may be able to borrow up 80% of the equity you have established in your home. Introductory interests rates can be substantially lower than the rates you were able to get with the first mortgage. Those introductory rates are usually locked in for only six months, after which they will fluctuate relative to the prime rate or some other benchmark percentage. While the that uncertain rise in the interest you will pay is hardly promising, if you plan wisely on the amount you plan to borrow and develop a strategy for paying off as much as you can within that six month locking period, you can potentially exploit the system for pretty significant gains.

The wiser path in some cases may be to lock into a fixed interest rate for the length of the loan. You won't get that low introductory rate, but you also won't get any nasty surprises down the road. If you are going to be borrowing a large amount that you can't possibly pay down by much in six months or if you are borrowing during a time of interest rate instability, this would almost certainly be more advantageous.

Another reason for the popularity of home equity loans is the ability to deduct 100% of that interest. If you aren't used to itemizing your deductions, you should consult a tax professional to make sure you take full advantage of this opportunity. 

And for those aching to get down to business and engage in some serious home renovations, there is one overwhelming benefit to taking out a home equity loan.  In comparison to some other means of borrowing, the home equity loan is a relatively painless and quick means of getting your hands on the liquid assets necessary to make those renovations a reality. 


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