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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.

 

budget-bathroom-remodeling-ideas-mclean-vaBathrooms are one of the first rooms in the house to age, and an old bathroom can look ugly and get dirty faster. While bathroom renovation is expensive, these budget bathroom remodeling ideas will help you overhaul a dated bathroom without blowing your budget. 

Budget Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

  • Replace shower tile and glass - Colored shower tile and frosted glass make a bathroom look old. If you're on a limited budget and your existing tile or shower door is chipped, worn, filthy, or looks old, this can be a great way to punch up the bathroom without spending a lot. 
  • Update bathroom lighting - Dim rooms just look old. If your bathroom lacks adequate lighting, or has an old, baseline bathroom fan and light, updating this aspect of the room can instantly freshen the look and feel of your bathroom. 
  • Update fixtures - If you really don't have a lot of money but need to refresh your bathroom, replace your sink faucets, towel racks, and drawer pulls. This will immediately give your bathroom a new look and feel. If you rent your home and hate your bathroom, this is something you can do to improve your quality of life. 
  • Modernize your bathroom - Eco-friendly bathroom upgrades can cut your water usage and lower your bills. Simply by switching your shower head for a low-flow model and switching to a low-flow toilet, you'll save money down the road. 

With more than 30 years of experience, Natelli Homes is an expert in home remodeling, including inexpensive bathroom remodeling. To learn more about our services, or to get a quote to remodel your bathroom, please contact us. Thank you!

adding-the-final-touches-to-your-home-remodeling-job-consider-french-revival-arlington-vaWhen the home remodeling job is finished, and you are left with a beautiful new space to spend your time in, the job doesn't stop there. 

Sure, the walls are up, your old stuff is sitting at ready, but isn't it time that you change a few more things up? 

Decorating a home is just as integral to the look and feel as is the remodeling job. The style you choose matters to how the home functions in its aesthetic. 

So while we don't think that one style is ever better than another, we do think that French revival is elegant enough to suit your style. Here are some tips on decorating for the Francophile hidden inside you.

- Buckets designed for purposes other than Champagne set off a room's look, giving a rustic appearance without obvious overtones.

- Bring the bistro in by adding a simple set of table and chairs that scream patio dining. Take a look at the Left Bank on Paris, and you'll see why French Revival design is entering dining areas all over the U.S.

- Trunks and cases work well for hiding things away, but work just as well as focal pieces for design and room structure. Stack them with style, and add a lovely throw of cloth to bring in the Old World.

- Replace that old sofa or love seat with a new chaise lounge. The long-used seat works well in any room where relaxation is on the agenda, and lets your guests envy your refined taste.

- Bring in classic china for sophistication, and add a certain "je ne sais quas," as the French say, to your formal dining area. Quaint and pretty matching cups and saucers invite and delight when it's time for tea.

Redecorating a room after a remodel is like working with a blank slate. The world you imagine is up to you. The only limitation is how far you can dream.

For more information on home remodeling, please contact us any time.

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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Looking for a way to give the bathroom in your home a great new look? A bathroom remodeling project is a perfect idea for any homeowner who might be getting tired of their current bathroom's design.

We offer our bathroom remodeling services to the surrounding Arlington, VA area. 

Feel free to contact us today if you would like to pursue a bathroom remodeling project for your home.  

Our Arlington, VA bathroom remodeling 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. We thoroughly plan out all the proper steps clearly so there are no surprises for the homeowner. Does a bathroom remodeling project interest you? If so, please visit www.natellihomes.com and contact us today.

Offering high quality bathroom remodeling projects to the Arlington, VA area!

5-ways-of-saving-money-on-your-kitchen-remodel-arlington-vaAs the new year pushes on, warmer weather means more people will be beginning spring and summer kitchen remodeling jobs, hoping to increase the value of their property, and increase functionality for themselves.

But when it comes to kitchen remodeling, you can take either of two paths: very expensive or penny pincher. 

So while many people don't have the funds to take on a full job, tearing down and building up, many do have the money to take on the job without going bankrupt. Don't believe us? Here are 5 ways you can save money on your kitchen remodel.

1. Counters don't have to be granite. That is, they can still be solid, while maintaining charm and use, and not be expensive. Solid surface veneer (SSV) is a great way to get that solid look and feel without sacrificing your entire budget.

2. Install granite tiles instead. Or other solid surface tiles. Slabs cost about $75 per square foot, whereas tiles only run $20 per square foot. Plus, after install, no one will be able to tell the difference.

3. No reconfiguring necessary. Save tons of money by leaving your kitchen in its current configuration. Then you won't have to pay a plumber, an electrician, and so on, and you can simply replace old appliances with new ones. Generally, half of a homeowner's budget is tied up in reconfiguration. 

4. Do the shopping on your own. There's no harm in hiring a designer and a contractor to do the work your can't, but sometimes that means letting them do the shopping, which can kill your budget. So to save money, take matters into your own hands and buy all the materials yourself. You'll save 15 to 20% doing it yourself.

5. Closeout appliances abide. You can have all of that special newness in a brand new appliance without a second mortgage. Simply buy closeout models. What's a closeout model? Usually, it's a discontinued version of a newer model. There is rarely nothing wrong with them, except they didn't sell well. They usually carry a regular warranty too. Ask around, you'll find considerable savings using this method.

Interested in remodeling your kitchen? Please contact us for more information.

 

 

 

simple-tips-to-ensure-your-kitchen-remodeling-has-a-positive-outcome-bethesda-mdWhen it comes to renovating homes, the kitchen is one of the most popular places to remodel. For instance, while refreshing a living room can be done with a new paint job and lighting fixtures, a kitchen can suffer from outdated appliances, along with worn and torn sinks, countertops, and floors.

It is easy to put thousands of dollars into kitchen remodeling, but you should follow some helpful tips to make sure you have a positive outcome and use your money wisely.

Maximize Storage with Ceiling High Cabinets

To maximize the space in your kitchen, you should consider ceiling high cabinets. It is one area of the kitchen that has very little use if not for storing items within cabinets. It is great when you have plenty of storage space to keep your appliances, dinnerware, coffee mugs, and more.

Also, if you do not have a pantry, you will find the extra cabinet space even more helpful for allowing you to store enough food for weeks or months without having the kitchen be a mess.

Larger Does Not Always Mean Better

If you have a small kitchen, you should not feel the need to break down walls or cut into your living or dining space to increase the size of the kitchen. When remodeling your kitchen, focusing on quality and functionality should give you exactly what you need in a small space.

Also, by taking full advantage of available space with ceiling high cabinets, you will enjoy a kitchen that provides you with as much storage space as the room can reasonably fit.

Keep It Simple and Have Open Space

While storage space is certainly nice, there is no need to sacrifice a beautiful kitchen to get more storage. It is possible to go overboard with how many cabinets you have installed, and you can also take up more floor space than necessary by getting massive appliances and installing an oversized island.

Focusing on function and simplicity will give you a beautiful kitchen that flows seamlessly.

Contact us today to start discussing your options for kitchen remodeling.

four-affordable-bathroom-remodeling-projects-for-your-rental-property-great-falls-vaAlthough it is easy to spend thousands of dollars on a bathroom renovation when you upgrade the toilet, replace the bathtub, add radiant heat flooring, and invest in a fancy shower head, none of these projects are required to take the bathrooms in your rental property and improve them significantly.

It is possible to do affordable bathroom remodeling, you just need to be creative.

Curved Shower Rod

Instead of going with the traditional shower rod, a curved one will not only look fresh to potential tenants because most homes they see will either have a standard rod or curtain, but curved looks amazing.

It is a small purchase and simple installation that makes any bathroom look a lot more sophisticated, which is an incredible outcome to get without spending much at all.

Improved Lighting

Vanity lighting is crucial for bathrooms because this is where people often get ready in the morning. Ideally, fixtures on each side of the bathroom mirror will provide good lighting for morning prep, but a solid alternative is above the mirror if there is not enough space to fit lights on both sides.

Accent Tiles

Surrounding the entire bathroom with fancy tile can really enhance the space, but this is an expensive and time-consuming project that is simply not worth the trouble for a rental property. However, you should invest in accent tiles, which are more than satisfactory when it comes to improving bathroom looks.

Quality Fixtures

Not spending an excessive amount of money is the key to clever remodeling, even when you do get to write the expenses off on your taxes because you are making upgrades to a rental property.

In this case, spending a decent sum on nice fixtures is worthwhile, and this is because you do not need to purchase too many fixtures to fill out all of the bathrooms in your rental home.

Contact us for help with making these bathroom upgrades or other ones.

home remodeling project is a wonderful idea for a homeowner looking to give their home a new look.

We offer our home remodeling services to the surrounding McLean, VA area. 

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

Our McLean, VA home remodeling clients have been thrilled with the work we have completed for them.

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. Does a home remodeling project interest you? If so, please visit www.natellihomes.com and contact us today.

Offering high quality home remodeling projects to the McLean, VA area!

b69efdd5-a831-4bb4-94bc-2b60ac8057ff-thumbYour Maryland or Virginia home may have vintage stained glass, surrealistic art pieces or interesting architectural features, but they could all be missed without proper accent lighting. Accent lighting shines a spotlight on the best features of your home as part of an overall interior decorating and home remodeling plan. With lighting, you can direct your family member and guests’ attention on the best features of the home. Lighting can make your art work, sculptures and decorative accents more noticeable. When working on home remodeling ideas with an architect, you may also decide to include art niches or recessed areas to hang special pieces of art.

  • Using track and recessed lighting

One of the benefits of using track lighting as your accent lighting is the fact that the direction of the light can be changed. Some people use small lighting fixtures for accent lighting. Recessed lighting can also be adjusted to point in a certain direction. Recession lighting blends in well with any décor and doesn’t steal the spotlight as decorative lighting fixtures do.

  • Highlighting art work

Accent lighting can be used to showcase art on walls or on shelving. Accent lighting commands attention by illuminating architectural features such as trayed ceilings, beamed ceilings or rotundas. When renovating your home, consider chair railing, crown molding and other features.

  • Grabbing attention

The reason accent lighting works is because people’s eyes tend to focus on the brightest spots. Ambient lighting does draw attention to a particular place because it evenly illuminates so a painting, sculpture or decorative accent gets lost by blending into the woodwork.

Accent lighting doesn’t take the place of task lighting or lighting geared for safety or security issues, but it can make a visual impact. You can also use accent lighting outdoors to highlight particular trees, pergolas, flowers or night-blooming bushes and vines.

At Natelli Homes, we build custom homes in Maryland and Virginia for clients with refined tastes. For more information about lighting as well as other design options for custom homes, remodeling, renovations and new home additions, please contact us.