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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.

2cbf81af-8df7-4664-f9c8-7652aefa1bd5-thumbKitchen remodeling can be an exciting undertaking, but there is also a lot of thought and planning involved. Before you get started on this big project, make sure you avoid some common mistakes. This article will go over three of the biggest ones people make. 

Don't Forget About Your Lighting

People who remodel their kitchen often overlook the importance of proper lighting. By the end of the remolding project, people become so burned out that they usually just grab whatever they can find. Be sure to consider your lighting options and preferences before the remodeling process begins. This way you are not left with extra work at the tail end of the project. 

Don't "Cheap Out" on Your Flooring

Getting good flooring is an investment. The last thing you want to be stingy on is that. And make sure it is the first thing you think about before consider the rest of the design of your kitchen. 

Not Working and Consulting with the Professionals

Many people just don't have the time, resources, or expertise to do a full-blown kitchen remodeling project all on their own. Speaking with an interior designer as well as remodeling contractors will guarantee an excellently designed and built kitchen. They can also consult with you on the best steps to take and help you avoid any remodeling fiascos. On top of that, they will help you determine the best cabinets, lighting, and other additions you need to complete your kitchen.  

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Kitchen remodeling is an aspect of renovation that is always changing. It's like the fashion world: while many things remain the same, other aspects will change drastically from year to year.

In fact, the entire concept of redesigning and remodeling a kitchen, if you are planning on keeping up with the most modern trends, would require an ever-updated book, which no one could keep up with.

Wit that, we say, find what you love and stick with it. You don't (and can't) always get the latest and greatest, but, really, it's about what you want. So if you're looking for something timeless and won't be obsolete this time next year, consider the rustic look.

- Rustic blends a classic look with modern amenities that fits rural and urban settings alike. 

- A classic rustic kitchen features design from a bygone era brought up to modern standards.

- Examples of a rustic kitchen include things like stone walls, barn wood for tables, barn door style doorways, exposed beams, butcher block and zinc/marble countertops, and simple design elements.

- With the inclusion of modern appliances, the rustic style is functional meets form in all ways. 

- Colors in a rustic kitchen can be tailored to suit your needs, but often feature solid, but muted tones ranging from sunny yellow to powder blue to rich, natural stones colors.

- Flooring is another aspect of rustic kitchens that is unique. A rustic kitchen can benefit from light patterend bamboo, matched to fit the style; natural hardwood style with beautifully-painted diamond patterns, and so on. As long as it fits the design scheme, a rustic look isn't difficult to achieve. 

If you are planning a kitchen overhaul and need professional assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss how we can help you with all of your design and execution needs. 

cbb6912b-c134-4401-a74d-787cfdd6aadbRenovating one’s kitchen can be an exciting prospect. For many homeowners, kitchen remodeling is their chance to finally be able to turn their outdated kitchen into the gourmet dream kitchen they have always desired. However, before you grab a hammer and start demolishing your kitchen, there are some things you will want to consider about your remodel. Knowing how you want your finished kitchen to look before you begin your remodel is imperative in ensuring that the remodel goes as smoothly as possible. Here are a few things you should consider before you begin your kitchen remodel.


How you want your new kitchen to be laid out is something you will have to take into consideration before beginning your remodel. Will your kitchen remain basically the same, or will your new kitchen have a completely different design and flow? This is important for you to consider as it could have an effect on the way you go about your remodel. For instance, many homeowners have chosen to incorporate their living/dining space into their kitchens creating a great room in their home. If you decide to attempt something like this, it will be necessary for you to hire a contractor and a kitchen designer to help you transform your space.


Another decision you will have to make before you begin your remodel is what new appliances you will want to purchase for your kitchen. It is important to choose appliances as early in the remodel process as possible due to the fact that the appliances you choose could have an effect on the way your new kitchen is designed. Your renovation will have to take the dimensions, as well as the color and design, of your new appliances into account as this could alter the way you choose to layout your kitchen, and the design scheme you choose to go with.

Making basic decisions such as these ones before you begin your kitchen remodel will go a long way in helping to make the remodel process go smoothly. Furthermore, for those who have never before attempted a kitchen remodel, it can be beneficial to hire a professional kitchen remodel company to remodel your kitchen for you. Doing so will help to ensure that you get the gourmet kitchen you have always dreamed of. 

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043b9b9e-915c-4adc-b669-9f552824f8ddWhile it is pretty easy for homeowners to get into kitchen remodels that cost a lot of money, this is not required to turn a decent kitchen into a beautiful one. It does require a little bit of creativity though, so considering all of your options for inexpensive kitchen remodeling will help you make the right choices that will have you satisfied with the overall look and function of your kitchen for years.

Reface and Repaint Cabinets Instead of Replacing Them

Replacing your cabinets is an excellent way to remodel your kitchen, but doing this is not an inexpensive process. Instead, you can have professionals reface your cabinets to match your favorite style, and then you can have the cabinets painted to further improve the appearance.

Add a New and Fresh Backsplash

In regard to inexpensive updates, you cannot go wrong with a backsplash. It is possible to get rather creative with a backsplash as there are so many options, but the most important detail to consider when it comes to inexpensive remodeling is that quite a few backsplash options do not cost a lot of money.

Choose an Inexpensive Countertop

If you are looking to give your kitchen a major overhaul in appearance and function, you can do this by getting all new countertops. While a granite countertop may be out of the picture for budget remodeling, you still have a number of great options including laminate, solid wood, ceramic tile, and recycled glass.

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Looking to eek some more space out of your kitchen counters? Is your kitchen lacking essential space for completing even the simplest of cooking preparation tasks? Then look no further.

Even if an entire kitchen remodel is out of the question, there are many simple ways a homeowner can add some valuable counter (and storage) space to one of the most important rooms in their home. Here are just 5.

Rolling Cart Butcher Block

If you have an extra wall, but no way to add a counter, consider installing a portable rolling cart topped with butcher block. It will benefit you two-fold. One, you can use it for food prep (among other things). Two, it will add storage for dishes and supplies underneath, while looking great in the process. 

Ceiling Mounted Rack

Hanging your pots and pans (and even your utensils) on a ceiling mounted rack is an easy way to add storage, and provide quick and easy access when cooking, and just think about all the space you freed up from where they were once stored.

Pull-Out Surface

A very popular solution to limited space is adding pull-out surfaces like cutting boards. It's a great way to add value and ease of access to your kitchen without breaking the bank, while affording you the luxury of a convenient cutting board when you need it.  

Magnetic Knife Holder

If your counters are already cluttered because of lack of space, there's no need to add a clunky knife block. Instead install some simple magnetic knife-holding strips along the wall. It will add visual interest with little expense.

Island Storage

If you already have a kitchen island, then adding a bit of storage is easy. Install some extra towel or utensil racks on the side or, if possible, hollow out a portion to add a great space for stackables or even cookbooks. 

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cbb6912b-c134-4401-a74d-787cfdd6aadbIf you are only planning one remodeling project this year, make it your kitchen! There's a good reason that kitchen remodeling projects are among the most popular, a kitchen is, after all, one of the most important rooms in the home. 

Here are 6 of the hottest trends in kitchens for 2014.

Old World Meets New

Many designs have been revamped to include old world style and modern convenience. Like granite or marble counter tops that take on a vintage appeal by adding beveled edges, and kitchen faucets that resemble hand-forged designs.

Commercial Style at Home

Many people love their residential kitchens, but an emerging trend this year is bringing the commercial amenities into your home by adding deep stainless steel sinks and commercial cooking hoods and stoves.

Useful Accessorizing

Long gone are kitchen accessories that served mostly as a symbol, and played a minor role in the kitchen. Today, many kitchen brands realize the needs of their customers, and are designing products with form, function, and elegance all wrapped in one.

Drawer Organization

Kitchen cabinet makers finally realized that consumers will use their drawers for more than just utensils. Many are now featuring cutlery trays, spice racks, knife blocks, and even bread drawers and foil holders.


Lighting is often overlooked, but it never should be. In fact, illumination can play a crucial role in how your home looks and feels. So while lighting under cabinets and for highlighting purposes are nothing new, eco-friendly LED bulbs are.

Tiling to a New Level

This year, a kitchen filled with appliances isn't all you should want to wow and dazzle with, because decorative tiling has stepped up its game. Elaborate, decorative tiling can turn a kitchen that is great, into a kitchen that is awesome.

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043b9b9e-915c-4adc-b669-9f552824f8ddGiven today's economic recovery, homeowners considering kitchen remodeling are being savvy about their spending, and are choosing design ideas that will last awhile---both in years and acceptability. It may be no surprise, then, that a “philosophy” of neutrality will prevail, according to a Certified Kitchen Designer, Susan Serra in her article on FreshHome.com.

“...homeowners want to buy smart for longevity which translates to neutral finishes for big ticket items such as cabinetry, countertops and flooring.” Nowhere, no way, does the word ‘boring’ show up in her overview of the trends.

In fact, a new way of saying ‘Country Life’ in the kitchen will show a distinct “appreciation of nature” and a whole lot of “natural finishes and textures” to contrast simply designed cabinetry.

When it comes to that all-important selection of appliances, the movement is away from traditional ‘cooking’ methods to induction, which uses the pot or pan as the ‘original generator of cooking heat.’

As Serra points out, the growing interest in induction cook tops is part of the sweeping trend to focus on kitchen appliances embedded with gourmet features.

Making the kitchen space itself more suitable to socializing is key to an effective floor plan, notes Serra; and that means a lot of appliances that have been built into the space, or even “concealed.”

Overall, the remodeling trend will definitely focused on “convenience” with a floor plan that is easy to “move around in.”

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22324f6b-4a04-43d0-9330-2278bc0543abGranite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops. It's so common, in fact, that you're tired of seeing it in your friends' houses, decorating magazines, and model homes. For your kitchen remodeling you want something different that's stylish and yet durable. Try one of these alternatives.

  • Butcher block. Nothing adds warmth to a space like wood and the different pieces of walnut, oak, maple, bamboo, and other exotic materials in butcher block adds decorative interest. The material is also cheaper than other countertop choices like granite or quartz. However, it requires sanding and oiling twice a year to protect the wood. You can't cut on it and should not lay hot objects on it or it will stain.

  • Soapstone. This material comes in gray to green hues and is laced with veins, giving it a traditional Old World look. It's softer and less porous than granite or other stones, making your countertops look homier. Soapstone can take hot pots and pans without damage and does not stain. However, cuts and scratches show on it but can be sanded out. The surface requires regular oiling for maintenance. The color typically also darkens with age.

  • Concrete. For a modern industrial feel, you can't go wrong with concrete. Because it's a poured material, you can have the thickness, decorative details, and edging that are not possible with other choice. Foods such as red wine or orange juice can stain the surface unless wiped off immediately. Proper sealing protects against such problems. Concrete will also scratch and may crack with direct heat. Finally, you need to allow plenty of time, usually several weeks, when ordering a concrete countertop because it is custom-poured to your specifications.

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