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As you're designing your dream kitchen, include yourself among the colors, materials, and layout. After all, you are the one using the kitchen after completion. The best way to approach that answer is to consider measurements of key kitchen components.

Countertop

We navigate around the average countertop size, which is 34-36 inches tall. In kitchen remodeling, a better measurement is bending your arms and elbow to a ninety-degree/right angle. Design countertop space 3-4 inches below your elbow/arm. Adjusted countertop space measurements will affect countertop depth; the average is 24 inches. Countertop space surrounds the stove range or stove/oven combo. One side requires 12 inches of countertop space while a varied length is on the other side. Countertop space on both sides allows hot items a place to rest from the range and oven. It's vital that wall ovens have countertop space beside it.

Cabinet

Top shelves in cabinets are tough to reach for most residents. The distance between the countertop and the cabinet is 15-20 inches. Residents who aim for higher shelving can opt for shelving that touches the ceiling.  Residents aiming for lower shelving can go the minimum or include a lower cabinet beside the countertop. You can also opt for no upper cabinets. However, have enough bottom cabinet, drawer, and storage space to accommodate upper cabinet removal.

Walkways

The walking space for food preparation needs at least 42 inches of walking space. The remaining walking space reduces to 36 inches. Expand the cooking space to 48 inches for two or more cooks in the home. 

Kitchen Triangle

The kitchen triangle consists of three sides.

  • Refrigerator: placed near the kitchen entrance.  For two or more points of entry, place the refrigerator as close to the majority as possible.
  • Cooking area: usually installed near the dining area
  • Sink: installed in-between those areas

This triangle makes moving around the kitchen easier. The total combination is between 23-26 feet. Otherwise, it's going to become difficult to move around the kitchen area. The distance between two appliances is between three and seven feet.  If the triangle consists of a dishwasher and garbage disposal, aim for the maximum in feet and integrate those appliances in the triangle.

Looking at kitchen design from this point of view will make your kitchen easier to use. Customize everything to your specifications. For more information on kitchen remodeling, contact us.

 

3-home-remodeling-tips-for-your-laundry-room-bethesda-mdLaundry rooms are often over-looked when people begin considering home remodeling jobs. So much focus is placed on living rooms, kitchens, and baths that laundry rooms never get the love that they deserve.

Well, we think it's time for that to change...

If there ever was a room that needs a makeover, it's the laundry room. A place that conjures up pictures of, well, not too much for most people. Perhaps that's why it needs the love we think it does!

Here are 3 tips on turning your laundry room into a place you will want to spend more time in.

Home Integration: It's becoming more and more common for homeowners to integrate laundry rooms into other rooms of their home, saying goodbye to tucked away, drab rooms designed for one thing. In fact, in new architecture, laundry rooms resemble kitchens in placement, form and function, and some even have islands and built-ins.

Space Efficiency: In smaller homes attempting to be more energy and space conscious, laundry rooms have worked themselves into some of the more functional rooms. It's not at all uncommon to see laundry centers worked into bathrooms and kitchens, leaving what would have been the laundry room open for more square footage, like a guest bedroom.

Make it Pop: For homes where laundry is still its own function, separated into its own part of the home, seek design opportunities that turn normal laundry rooms in beacons of luxury. Consider it a necessary room in your home; paint it rich, inspiring colors; redesign parts that don't work for you and your family. Also, if your appliances are outdated, work new, modern washers and dryers into your budget, and enjoy the laundry room you always wanted. 

Isn't it about time you turned your laundry room into the space you've always wanted? If the answer is yes, then contact us to discuss how we can help you.

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home-remodeling-how-to-prioritize-bethesda-mdBefore you meet with a home remodeling company to get work started to update and improve the look of your Maryland or Virginia home, sit down to hammer out a budget and priority list. According to an article by Houzz, a major home project often feels overwhelming. Taking a DIY approach causes a lot of marital friction, according to experts. Much of the stress associated with hiring a professional is simply not knowing where to begin or what you really want. Experts suggest examining your home and whether it still functions the way your family needs it to function.

  • Getting the money together

Some people take out a home equity line of credit (HELOC) to pay for home remodeling projects. A HELOC can work well if you aren’t sure how much money you want or need to spend on improving your home. You can start with a kitchen remodeling project, tapping your HELOC as needed. Other people rather pay cash and stick to a definite budget. Your builder can inform on the costs of different projects based on the type of finishes, cabinetry, countertops and design choices.

  • Walking through your own home

In order to define your home remodeling priorities, you need to get a detached perspective on your home. Walk through your home with a notebook and pen as if you are a stranger looking at it for the first time. Some people as a Realtor to walk through and recommend which areas need the most improvement for resale value. Pay attention to how you feel when you are in each room of the home. Do you feel claustrophobic? Is there enough light coming in? Identify the problems so you can hear suggestions from a builder about how to remedy the situation.

  • Making a master plan

Having a master plan makes it easier for yourself and the builder. Your master plan can include details about how you plan to finance or pay for the remodeling work. Have a list of priorities in case you can’t afford every item on your home remodeling wish list. Make sure you discuss your master plan with our spouse or other decision-makers in the home. Collect samples of flooring, paint colors, fabric, cabinetry and countertops to keep with your written plan. You can always change out colors and finishes, but make those decisions before your builder starts the ordering process.

At Natelli Homes, we work with clients in Maryland and Virginia who want to improve their quality of life with cost-effective home improvements with a high-end look. For more information on our architectural, remodeling and renovation services, please contact us.

c6c3736e-fe3b-4efc-c04c-379807d83c77-thumbOur home is our castle, but making it appear that way without cleaning out our wallets is tough.

So while home remodeling projects are a priority for many homeowners looking to make their house a home, some shy away for fear of unwanted debt. But this doesn't have to be the case.

Looking for some easy ways to make your home your castle without breaking the bank? Then read on!

Here are 5 easy home renovations you can do that cost less than $100.

1. Entryway Pizazz: If the front of your home is lacking true curb appeal, try sprucing it up. Apply some new paint to your door (think bright and welcoming), buy some simple flower planters for a flanked, tasteful entry, and throw down a welcome mat. It's that easy.

2. Apply Furniture Covers: For those who are looking for nominal yet financially sound ways of adding a new look to their living areas, consider covered chairs and couches in new material. Vibrant colors and fabrics can turn shabby into chic in a hurry.

3. Bulbs Burning Bright: Under lit is underwhelming. Whereas over lit is too dramatic. So find the middle ground. Install some track lighting instead of using traditional overhead lights, and change out incandescent bulbs for highly efficient fluorescent. Not only will you save money, your home will feel more welcoming and relaxing.

4. Bathroom Luxury: It's 2015, what does your bathroom look like? Change out those old, drab switch plates for new and fancy styles. Follow our lighting advice from above. Replace old toilet seats and simple bathroom hardware, and throw down some new bath mats and rugs. Top it off with some new, clean paint and enjoy your bathroom once again.

5. Drapes Add Special Flair: Take a walk around your home and count the windows where the drapes have lived for a year or more. Now head to your home improvement store and do some pricing. A simple drapery change, like adding a valance or swag, or even changing curtains all together, will add creative flair and whimsy to those windows we have forgotten.

Interested in discussing how we can help you with your home improvement process? Feel free to contact us to discuss your options.

More often than not, the terms “cost-effective” and “home remodeling” cannot be uttered in the same sentence. However, with Natelli Homes, you’ll find that there’s no easier way to begin your Bethesda, MD home remodeling (or home renovation for that matter) than by starting with Natelli Home’s architectural design services.  

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Throughout Bethesda, MD, we have taken on dozens of architectural design projects that have turned average homes into stunning dream homes. When we start the architectural design process, we ensure your home renovation will blend seamlessly with the rest of your house while making your home look like new.

Our architectural design specialties in Bethesda, MD include:

  • New custom homes
  • Home renovations
  • Home additions
  • Bathroom home renovations
  • Screened Porch and open porch home renovations
  • Home remodeling
  • Kitchen home remodeling
  • And more…

With all of these services and options for your home in mind, what makes us the best choice for your home renovation or home remodeling project here in Bethesda, MD?

When you decide to work with Natelli Homes, you’ll be getting an architectural design firm who takes out expensive costs and wasteful spending. We eradicate cost variables for you by defining the cost objective from the start so that your architectural design project works within your budget. In this equation, there is no better option than Natelli Homes.

Click here to learn more about our architectural design services for new homes, custom homes, and more in Bethesda, MD.

Custom Homes | Bethesda, MD

Everyone deserves their very own custom home. And, if you live in Bethesda, MD, that dream may become a reality faster than you think.

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Natelli Homes has spent over 25 years in Bethesda, MD building some of the most fantastic custom homes in Montgomery County. When you’ve been creating custom homes for as long as we have in such as powerful part of the country, you develop a list of clients who reflect the quality of work we put in:

  • Politicians
  • Physicians
  • CEO’s
  • Lobbyists
  • Attorneys
  • And even an Astronaut

We’re not playing insider politics by telling you that Natelli Homes is the cream of the crop when it comes to custom homes in Bethesda, MD. Also, while it’s no secret that we excel in providing premier residential architectural designs to the nation’s elite, you’ll be delighted to know that your average Bethesda, MD resident is as much a part of our clientele as are the luminaries and dignitaries of the Beltway (assuming you’re not one yourself).

As your custom homebuilder in Bethesda, MD, we’ll always give you the best the area has to offer. Our decades of custom home experience is humbly passed onto our Bethesda, MD clients and can be made a part of your home if ever you need an abode with the perfect architectural design to match your individual style.

Click here for more information about our custom homes here in Bethesda, MD.

New Homes | Bethesda, MD

All the hassle and stress involved in buying a home in Bethesda, MD can be avoided if you’re willing to purchase a new home instead.

Who doesn’t want a new home? The 1980’s-era wall-to-wall carpeting, 1970’s-era wallpaper, and enclosed kitchen designs can be too dated for the modern homebuyer. If contemporary interior decorating, high ceilings, green windows decked with plantation shutters, and granite-covered islands to match your modern, open-concept kitchen sounds more like your cup of tea, Bethesda, MD residents may find it more palatable to buy a brand new home.

If you know what you want out of a home and haven’t yet found what you’re looking for, it’s probably because your home hasn’t been built yet. This is why we encourage you to look at new homes in Bethesda, MD that will not only fit your lifestyle, but will give you the piece of mind that older homes will not allow you to have – fixer upper maintenance costs, etc.

New Homes in Bethesda, MD | Portfolio Homes

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Not too sure where to start? Natelli Homes makes buying a new home a snap by giving you Portfolio Homes to choose from. What are Portfolio Homes? We simply take pre-designed homes (designed to fit many lot shapes and sizes) and adapt them to fit your needs and desires. With these new homes, our Bethesda, MD clients will be getting a 6 to 9 month head-start on architectural design – allowing us to get you in your new home faster. Portfolio Homes are an easy, stress-free, cost-effective, and time saving solution to getting custom new homes.

Click here to learn about buying new homes in Bethesda, MD.

Home Renovations in Bethesda, MD

Home renovations are a tremendous undertaking without the right kind of support. Having Natelli Homes on your side makes all the difference in Bethesda, MD.

Home Additions | Bethesda, MD

If you’re looking to add more space to your Bethesda, MD home, the easiest way to create a new room, garage, or porch is to make a home addition.

By creating a well-designed addition that is as cost-effective as it is practical, your home renovation (be it kitchen or dining room) will have the square footage needed to increase the value of your home while also making it a more entertaining place for family and friends.

So, if you’d rather improve upon your home instead of jumping ship and leaving the neighborhood, call Natelli Homes today to get your home addition designed and budget established ASAP.

Click here for your FREE home addition consultation in Bethesda, MD.

Bathroom Home Renovations | Bethesda, MD

We provide bathroom home renovations in Bethesda, MD because, aside from your master bedroom, there shouldn’t be a more peaceful room than your bathroom.

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We begin by listening to your needs and determining your budget. We then make it so that your personality is reflected on everything -- from the splashes of color on the walls, to the floors and fixtures. When we’re finished with your bathroom home renovation, you’ll be amazed with your new piece of Bethesda, MD serenity.

Just take a look at the customizations you have at your disposal:

  • Custom tiles
  • Mosaic inlays
  • Marble and granite countertops
  • Glazed or stained wood vanities
  • Oil-rubbed bronze finishes on fixtures
  • And more…

There’s nothing like our bathroom home renovations in Bethesda, MD. When you work with Natelli Homes, you’ll witness firsthand how our architectural design services make the process of bathroom home renovations a simple and efficient process.

Click here for your FREE bathroom home renovation consultation in Bethesda, MD.

Screened Porch and Open Porch Home Renovations | Bethesda, MD

Both screened and open porches have become vital living spaces for homes in Bethesda, MD

A tall glass of lemonade on a warm summer day can best be enjoyed at the helm of your home. There’s nothing that says “I’m the king of my castle and the captain of my ship” than a homeowner who has full mastery of their front porch. The sense of ownership that comes from firmly placing two feet down on your very own residential promenade is a sensation we want all of our Bethesda, MD customers to feel when they allow us to design and build a spectacular screened porch or open porch for their home.

Whether you’re in the mood for:

  • Plush seating
  • Dining tables
  • Direplaces
  • Outdoor TV's
  • And even motorized screening

We have vast experience with a large number of low-maintenance products and materials that will enhance the use and function of your Bethesda, MD screened porch or open porch.

Click here for your FREE screened porch or open porch home renovation consultation in Bethesda, MD.

Home Remodeling in Bethesda, MD 

Natelli Homes is your one-stop-shop for home remodeling in Bethesda, MD.

Kitchen Home Remodeling in Bethesda, MD

And, when it comes to kitchen home remodeling, we’re the best in the business in providing you with years of expertise designing both utilitarian and multifunctional kitchens to meet any and all of your home remodeling needs. There’s no question that the kitchen is the most important room in the home. With today’s busy lifestyles, it provides a gathering place for the people in your life that are consumed by work and school. If the centerpiece of your home isn’t up to snuff, then there is no glue that holds the family together.

That’s something that we simply cannot have.

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Natelli has been involved in kitchen home remodeling in Bethesda, MD for decades and has the architectural design expertise to get you started.

For example, take a look at some of the kitchen cabinets we install here in Bethesda, MD:

  • WoodMode
  • Brookhaven
  • Premier Custom
  • Plato
  • Wellborn cabinets

Click here for your FREE kitchen home remodeling consultation in Bethesda, MD.

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.