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5-summer-home-additions-that-increase-your-homes-value-and-comfort-bethesda-mdWhile many homeowners agree that winter is the best time to begin and complete home additions, with harsh and cold weather, it can be a difficult task when outdoor work is involved.

This makes summer home additions ideal for those who want to increase their home's value, while still being able to work on their home without having to bare cold weather, and still getting the most out of their experience and money.

Here are 5 home additions to complete in summer.

1. Sunrooms. Many homeowners don't realize how beneficial sunrooms are until they have one, which is why summer is the perfect time to complete one. Because, come winter, your sunroom will be your favorite hangout spot.

2. Garage conversions. If your garage is ready for the next step, then consider a garage conversion. Adding a livable area above your parking area not only increases your home's value, it also brings a return on investment you can't beat.

3. Second story additions. Second story home additions aren't just for ranch style homes. A second story addition is also suitable for homes with an existing second story, but one that simply needs additional space for a bedroom or bath.

4. Bathroom addition. Many older homes have to few bathrooms. Which, for a larger family, is a headache. Adding a full or half bath to your first or second floor alleviates any problems you may have had with just one bathroom.

5. Master suite. If your current master suite is nothing but a bedroom, summer is perfect for setting up a master suite that will give back monetarily and with added comfort. Just think of how lovely and relaxing your home will be with your own master suite, which includes a bathroom, when your work is complete.

If you're ready for a new home addition, please feel free to contact us to discuss your options.

home-additions-add-an-office-to-perform-work-from-home-chevy-chase-mdWhether you are self-employed or have a job that can be done from home on occasion or full-time, not having an office in your home can prevent you from actually working from home. If this describes your situation, one of the greatest home additions to consider is an office, which not only allows you to work from home, but provides a number of other benefits that make it worthwhile.

Tax Deductions

When you have a designated area where you do your work at home, you can add the adjusted costs of the room compared to your home and deduct them on your taxes. It is also possible to deduct cost of the equipment you buy solely for working at home, which will help you save on getting the proper equipment and furnishings that allow you to perform all of your work-related tasks from home.

Saves Money

While a home office provides tax savings, there are other, even more substantial savings to enjoy. For instance, not having to make a long commute five or six days a week adds up quickly, especially when you consider how much less maintenance and fewer repairs your car will need by driving less frequently.

It is also beneficial because if you do rent office space, you no longer have to do so, thus eliminating a considerable expense with one fell swoop, thus further demonstrating the perks of a home office.

Create an Ideal Environment

Working in an office or at your workplace may not always be the ideal work environment for you, but with a home office, you can design, furnish, and decorate it how you want to create an ideal workplace.

Having this will often lead to greater productivity, which will either lead to getting your work done sooner, or being able to squeeze in more work within your work schedule.

Get Started with No Delay

Another benefit regarding time is that a home office enables you to get started as soon as you are ready, as opposed to having to get cleaned up, dressed, and then make the commute to work.

In some cases, you can save an hour or more off of your daily commitment, which means you get to spend an extra hour at home, relaxing, and spending time with your family.

If you are interested in adding a home office, contact us to learn more.

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Home additions give homeowners a way to enhance the space and look of their home. Many Potomac, MD homeowners have undergone this process when they realize they might be running out of space with the current state of thier house!

We offer our home additions services to the surrounding Potomac, MD area. 

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

Our Potomac, MD home addition clients have been thrilled with the work we have done for them.

Our number one priority is the customer.

We love doing what we do. Having a proper plan is imperative for any home project, especially regarding home additions. If a home additions project interests you, please visit www.natellihomes.com and contact us today.

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

energy-efficient-features-to-insist-on-when-planning-for-home-additions-potomac-mdPlanning for an addition to your home may be as a result of needing more space for a new baby, your senior parent moving in, or to make some extra money by renting out. Whatever the reason may be for home additions, it’s crucial that you look into how to keep your home energy-efficient and increase property value at the same time. The following features are all great examples of features that will keep the home addition as energy-efficient as possible.

Dual-Pane Windows

Older windows can be the source of a heating and cooling loss throughout the year, resulting in disappointment with your energy usage. Luckily, newer dual-pane windows solve this problem entirely. By opting for these types of windows with the home addition, you can ensure that no air is being loss through the windows.

Modern Heating and Cooling

Keeping your home comfortable throughout the year is as easy as ensuring that the addition to your home has a quality heating and cooling system hooked up.

Upgraded Plumbing Fixtures

If the new addition is going to have a kitchen or bathroom space, it’s important that it has plumbing fixtures which have modern water usage features included.

Solar Panels for Extra Savings  

To reduce the amount of energy that heating your home costs, you can get solar panels installed on the roof. This will help provide extra heating to your home without the need of reworking any of the existing roofing.

For more ideas on making your new home addition energy-efficient, contact us.

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.

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!

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!

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!

home-additions-expand-vertically-with-a-second-floor-chevy-chase-mdWhen it comes to home additions, the main choices are to expand vertically with a second floor or to extend a home horizontally by adding rooms. Another common way of describing a second floor addition is to call it “building up,” vs. building out. With the trend of multi-generational households in Maryland or Virginia, either approach can work as long as there is at least one master bedroom on the main floor. If you have active children, teenagers or young adults living at home, they may welcome a second floor addition as a getaway. By enlisting the help of an experienced builder, you can stay in your beloved Metro D.C. neighborhood without sacrificing on space as your family grows. If your home is on a narrow lot, you may need to build up instead of out. An article by HGTV suggests homeowners consider the pros of cons of either type of home addition.

  • Different ways to build up

Adding a second floor is the main way to expand the living space if you are planning of build up. Other ideas, according to HGTV, include adding large dormers in a pitched roof or adding space above an existing garage, or porch.

  • What to expect

When adding a second floor, your builder will most likely strengthen the existing foundation so it can support the new weight. Your builder or contractor will make sure the architectural plans meet the local guidelines such as the allowable height for houses. A new stairwell may eat up some of the living space on the lower level. Also, expect your contractor to demolish some of the walls in order to accommodate for structural supports and new lines for plumbing and electricity.

  • Ways to use a second floor

Having a second floor is exciting for any size family. Many homeowners like to have a game room, media room or home theater on the second floor. Other ideas include having several bedrooms, a bathroom and a loft area. A major consideration is whether to make most of the space on the second floor “livable” or to use some of the space as a two-story foyer for the drama. Other design details include the style of railing and flooring choices.

Other features that can make a second floor addition even more thrilling include balconies. Your contractor can build a balcony off an upstairs master bedroom suite, game room or other space. Having spectacular views from the second floor can raise the value of your home.

At Natelli Homes, we take pride on giving our Maryland and Virginia clients our full attention and giving our clients a variety of options. For more information on home additions and our architectural and remodeling services, please contact us.

e6b0d800-4991-48bf-d209-096dc568138f-thumbHaving a mother-in-law suite in your Maryland or Virginia home doesn’t mean your mother-in-law has to move in tomorrow. Home additions that can be used as separate living spaces can dramatically increase the value of your home. According to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, space for aging parents or young adult children is one of the hottest real estate amenities affecting resale value. Experts say the demand for separate living quarters within a home or as a guest house is coming from domestic and foreign homebuyers.

  • Changing trends in America

Although the idea of multi-generational living has been a longtime custom in many countries, it’s now becoming more typical for American families. From an economic perspective, American families realize they can save not just a few thousand dollars on rent when junior moves back in for a few months after college, but hundreds of thousands of dollars on assisted-living and nursing homes for aging parents. The Wall Street reports that real-estate listings that include in-law units or “accessory-dwelling units” are priced about 60 percent higher than those without the home additions. A survey of homeowners found an astounding 32 percent expect with living parents said they expect to take care of an aging relative in the future.

  • Deciding on the layout

With the help of an experienced builder that provides architectural design services, such as Natelli Homes, you can decide where to expand living space. Some options include adding a second floor to a single-story home. Younger members of the family can move to the second floor, while the lower level may be easier for older people who can’t navigate stairs. A garage over-build that uses space above a garage can also be turned into extra space for teenagers or college-age children, freeing up areas of the home that are more accessible. A new home addition on the main floor that includes a kitchenette, private living room, elder-friendly bathroom and bedroom is another way route to take.

Other improvements you can make include having a private entrance and garage built as part of the in-law suite renovation. Including universal design renovations or elder-friendly upgrades can also tie into your goals.

At Natelli Homes, we build custom homes and renovate existing homes in Maryland and Virginia. For more information about home additions and any help with remodeling or renovations, please contact us.