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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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edf4c001-9f6a-44e8-a590-3635d1ac1641You've been planning it for what seems like years. You have all of the current home design magazines. You visit websites for the latest and greatest architectural design ideas. You've been saving and have finally amassed the budget. But you really aren't ready to add that addition until you answer the following questions.

1. If you were starting new, how would you design your house?

Don't get mired in the details, simply think about a clean slate. What would you do differently? Oftentimes people can't see the forest for the trees, and in this case your house may be causing you not to be able to truly visualize your dream addition. Remove the obvious to find exaltation. 

2. How much value will your new addition add to your home?

It should be on your mind the moment you considered the addition. Even if you are planning on living in your current home for a very long time, the idea of a resale should always be considered (not to mention refinance or lines of credit). Don't consider it as if your new addition will be profitable, you just need to keep in mind a realistic payback amount.

3. Have you gone over all of the zoning restrictions? 

Depending on where you live, the township, municipality, city, etc., will have limitations on your building rights. There may be restrictions on the distance from the street your addition can be. A limit on how much of your lot can be covered with impermeable materials (like concrete and and structures), and so on. Inquire at your area's building department before beginning construction.

4. Will the addition fit well with your current design scheme?

You've probably planned it, but have you considered how your fresh addition will look when it's attached to your existing home? Adding an addition requires finesse (and the help from professionals) to make it look a part of the house, and not like it was tacked on. Not to mention the interior issues of utilities, heating, and windows, as well as a fluid design that makes sense aesthetically. 

5. How much are you planning to spend?

The only real way to get an accurate cost budget is to talk to a professional in the field. A large addition can be quite pricey, so you'll want to have at the very least an estimate as to the overall budget you'll need. Click here to get 2014s cost versus value report for your area. 

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What better place than a covered grotto to have a few guests with a fireplace roaring and glass of wine?   This outside room was designed in a walk-out basement configuration in a new custom home in Potomac.  The cedar millwork doors enclose a built-in TV with gas lanterns adjacent on each side.  The stone-work matches the Texas stone veneer that was quarried in Texas.
altChanging the front elevation of a home in Bethesda and installing Eagle replacement windows makes a huge difference to a home in Bethesda, MD.  alt

By elongating the front windows, we introduced more light into the Dining Room and Living Room.  Removing the old metal porch rails and supports and installing PVC columns and rails changed the architectural style of the home.  The balcony rails will go on in a few weeks - I'll share the final photo then.
Have you evenalt been tempted to call a builder who advertises at a ridiculously low new home sales price or cost per square foot?  Builders see the obvious transparency, but we wonder how potential clients or homeowners who eventually build with these companies feel after the process.  Did the builder deliver the quality and materials that were expected?  Did they even come close to the budget at the end of the day?  Was the scope complete for the advertised price or were there thousands of dollars unaccounted for that landed in the homeowner's lap.  Caveat emptor would be our advise.

Budgets and blending quality and expectations in a new home can be the most difficult effort between a client and a home-builder.  I am proud that Natelli Homes has the unique ability to provide dependable, accurate and all-encompassing budgets for new custom home construction or renovations.  The attached letter is not unique, in fact we accumulated have hundreds of them over the past 20 years or more.

Feel free to contact us for a complimentary consultation for your new home, renovation or window replacement needs. 
altaltThis old fireplace with split face surround really needed some help.  Not only was it unattractive, but the previous builder set the fireplace behind the wood wall.  With a little creativitity and good marble and millwork shops, Natelli made custom extensions on the fireplace surround so the colonial wood mantle would fit properly over the fireplace.  Sometimes big problems have simple solutions.

Natelli Homes is pleased to display one of its newest product lines in Arlington this weekend.  The Ashley model is designed and developed for narrow lots in areas such as Arlington and Bethesda.

altThe original home was demolished in the latter part of 2010 and we are already getting prepared for the Owners to move in their new home.  This hand-crafted home was constructed to the same standards as the ultra-custom homes that Natelli Homes builds throughout the Washington metropoliotan area.  With four finished levels, five full bedrooms and an expansive recreation room and den in the basement, there is a surprising amount of room for families.

Please join us this Sunday, May 15th between 1:00 - 3:00 p.m at 1909 N Quebec St in Arlington, VA.  This will be a one- time opportunity to see the most current new home design and quality from Natelli Homes.

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altHaving handmade, custom cherry bookshelves in your home would tend to draw someone to the home office just for the ambiance they create.  Design elements of bookshelves can be beautiful, functional and intriguing.  With a little creativity and some master carpentry, we found a way to have a secret passage in our homes.  Bookshelves can be placed anywhere; in an office, a hallway, or outside a bedroom perhaps.  The fun part is making a functional door through the cabinets that is not apparent but can provide some utility and mystery in the home. 

altIn this case, the cabinets are installed at the top of a cantilevered, custom, handmade walnut staircase, but are also accessible to another room through a hidden doorway designed into the bookshelves.  The bookshelf design features floor to ceiling columns,  full caps and bases with adjustable shelves that are certain to be filled. 

On one side of the hidden door you see the bookshelves.  On the other side, the door face will match the design of the solid core doors used throughout the home. 

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"A picture is worth a thousand words"

We have seen and heard this phrase for decades, perhaps centuries, and I really doubt anyone questioned its meaning because it is so obviously true.  Whether conceived by Frederick R. Barnard in the publication, Printer's Ink, in 1921 or it truly evolved from a Chinese proverb ("a picture is worth ten thousand words") or perhaps it should be added to the many credits of Confucius, it needs no explanation.

With that in mind, tell me what you think:

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