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bb8d9937-e24b-42d4-d727-f2d84825b135When it comes to kitchen remodeling, virtually all Maryland and Virginia homeowners have to work within a budget. Knowing where to cut back and where to splurge isn’t just a matter of personal preference. It’s also about getting the most return on your money if you ever decide to sell your home. If you are a gourmet cook, you may want to outfit your kitchen with commercial-grade cooking tools. However, for the person who just wants the kitchen to make a design statement while serving food ordered in, it may be best to put more money into the architectural design and seating area. According to an article by HGTV remodels, it’s important to reflect on how you will likely use your kitchen when working on a kitchen remodeling budget.

  • The kitchen for entertaining

If you are a person who likes to entertain a lot in your Maryland or Virginia home but don’t have a lot of space, consult with a design expert about renovating your existing space. By taking down a wall between the kitchen and another room, you can often free up space to expand your area for entertaining. You may wish to splurge on a wine cooler, a large kitchen island with seating for guests and decorative lighting. Another consideration is whether you want to install patio doors that lead out to an outdoor kitchen and entertaining space. Flat panel television screens that appear as artwork or mirrors when not in use are also worth spending more money on if you are an entertainer.

  • The family-centered kitchen

People with small children often want kitchens with space for helping with homework or serving a quick breakfast in the morning. An open floor plan, accessible food storage and durable kitchen counters are a few of the features that may be priorities in a family-centered kitchen. For families, the kitchen is the hub of activity. Parents who are busy making dinner often want to be able to keep an eye on their children, which is why the open floor plan works best.

  • The gourmet kitchen

Foodies can definitely appreciate professional appliances, upgraded countertops and custom cabinets as well as special cooking appliances and tools. Spending more money on easy-to-clean surfaces and floors, extra storage space, spice racks, high-tech double ovens and a drawer dishwasher in your island prep station are logical upgrades for the gourmet cook.

Whether you plan to use your kitchen more for entertaining, cooking or helping children with homework, every kitchen looks better with fishing touches such as attractive cabinet pulls and knobs, task lighting, decorative backsplashes and elegant kitchen sinks and faucets.

At Natelli Homes, we provide kitchen remodeling services for our clients in Maryland and Virginia. For more information about remodeling, renovations and new home additions, please contact us.

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“Outdated” is the enemy when it comes to a home that is prized for being a reflection of the homeowner’s marvelous sense of style. When undergoing a home remodeling project, it’s helpful to be aware of what’s on trend. According to a recent article by D Home Magazine, the entire point of a home remodeling project or custom home building is to create wholly personal spaces. At the same time, knowing the latest trends in home renovation can make the decision process a little less daunting for those who aren’t already committed to a particular look or style.

  • Keeping it light and natural

According to design experts, porcelain tiles that have a wood look are extremely on trend. Dark, hand-scraped floors are being replaced by more natural and lighter finishes such as gray and white. Natural stone floors are showing up in today’s homes that are newly built or newly remodeled.

  • Sticking with open spaces

Open spaces and clean lines are the norm in contemporary and modern homes, but experts say they are now happening in traditional homes as well. People who own homes with traditional exteriors are choosing to remodel the inside of their homes with open concepts. Homeowners today like open kitchens and more usable space.

  • Taking limited risks

Homeowners who take the bold leap by choosing an avant-garde or experimental design look often find themselves stuck with a trendy rather than on-trend home. When remodeling a home, take smaller risks by creating an unusual guest bathroom or selecting a floating staircase or bold entryway door.

Other home remodeling trends include reworking the spaces that were once designated as formal living and dining rooms. Many people want to use formal dining rooms as space to entertain during the holidays, but have the ability to quickly convert it into an office or study room the rest of the year. Experts say formal living rooms are now used as a retreat or library that houses the more old-fashioned furniture that doesn’t blend well with the modern tech toys and gadgets.

At Natelli Homes, we take pride in providing experienced architectural design services for clients in Maryland and Virginia. For more information on the latest home remodeling trends, please contact us.

f8565e4d-3c57-4ab5-a4d9-4fcc6bde3273-thumbYour home is your sanctuary, your kingdom, and your safe place. During a home remodeling project it might not feel like that, though. We've been remodeling homes in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland for decades, and we know how difficult it can be to live in a house that's undergoing a remodel. Here are the tips that we give our clients when the remodeling work begins:

  • Keep the other areas of your home as peaceful as possible. Remodeling work can be messy and noisy. By keeping the other areas of your home as peaceful as possible, you'll be able to retreat from the chaos and enjoy the parts of your home that aren't a part of the remodel. For instance, if we're working on your kitchen remodeling project, make your bedroom your go-to location to unwind. 
  • Focus on the progress that happens everyday. We encourage families to take pictures of the progress happening each day on their home renovation. That way you can look back at photos from just a few days ago and see that really, a lot of progress has been made on your bathroom renovation in a short amount of time. Plus, this is a great way to capture memories of your remodel and create an amazing before and after shot.  
  • Keep your mind focused on the big picture. The little bit of hassle that comes from a home remodeling project will be more than worth it when the work is over and you have the room in your home that you've always dreamed about. The beauty of your home will greatly outweigh any inconvenience you went through, and you'll be ready to move on to the next project right away. 

Of course, working with an experienced company like Natelli Homes can make a home remodeling project much easier! Our teams treat you and your home with respect, and they'll work hard to keep noise, mess, and inconvenience to an absolute minimum. We love creating beautiful new spaces for our clients, and we'll make sure you love having our teams in your home. If you are considering a home remodeling project, contact us and learn more about how we help you make the dreams you have for your home come true. 

b69efdd5-a831-4bb4-94bc-2b60ac8057ffIf you own a starter home in Maryland or Virginia, you may wonder if now is the time to list your home so you can afford a step-up home of your dreams. Certainly homes are selling, but other homeowners are raising the bar with stunning home remodeling projects. According to a realtor.com study cited by one MNS Real Estate article, two-thirds of consumers plan to remodel their homes in the next six months. Thirty-two percent of homeowners have a budget of $10,000 or more for home improvements. Thirty-two percent are engaged in home remodeling to improve the appearance of their homes for their own satisfaction, while 22 percent plan to sell their homes. Before listing your home, consult with a company that provides cost-effective renovations and home remodeling services. Some of the areas of the home to concentrate on for resale purposes include the entryway, kitchen and spa bathroom.

Signature curb appeal

The first goal of a home remodeling project is to improve curb appeal so that drive-by house hunters aren’t turned off. A signature entrance such as a portico can help sell a home. Perhaps as a backlash to the frugality of the Great Recession, home homebuyers want to feel as though their home is more of a castle.

Masterpiece kitchen

Kitchen home remodeling projects are also trending toward luxury and excess. According to one article by Freshome, kitchens are seen as the hub of the home. Even if no one is actually cooking in their kitchens, they want a place to study, work, talk, think and watch television. Most people spend their home remodeling dollars in the kitchen. Before listing your home to sell, it may be wise to update kitchen cabinets and countertops.

Bathroom retreat

A recent RealtyTimes article cited a Hanley Wood survey that revealed 58 percent of people taking on home remodeling projects plan bathroom updates. Bathrooms today are spa-like retreats that include futuristic bath fixtures and trends such as heated floors, waterfall showers and modern touch faucets. Depending on your budget, you may select marble or granite, custom tiles and elegant fixtures.

After renovating your home, you may be fortunate enough to receive multiple offers. But it may be difficult to sell your home when you realize how beautiful it has become. At Natelli Homes, we help our clients renovate their existing homes in Maryland and Virginia as well as build lovely custom homes. For more information, please contact us.

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Custom Millwork
For those with an eye for the details of a custom built home you begin to find the flaws fairly early in the process of investigation. Aspects of interior construction that frequently fall short of perfection are ceiling treatments and molding, also known as millwork. Whether its crown, dental, coffered ceilings, or even the lowly shoe molding, one always finds places that weren’t done as perfectly as they could have been. But when you find the right craftsmen, millwork nirvana may be close at hand.

The custom millwork in this home provides many examples of how attention to detail makes all the difference in the world. The drywall corners have all been rounded, except at the base and the top, where they join the millwork. This provides for tight-fitting corners where the millwork wraps with full returns, completely enclosing the corner.

Windows fit perfectly within their allotted spaces featuring transoms and beadwork that are flawless. (BOB, GREG CALLED THE HORIZONTAL SEPARATIONS WITHIN THESE WINDOWS MULLIONS, BUT I LOOKED ONLINE AND TRANSOMS ARE HORIZONTAL AND MULLIONS ARE VERTICLE. YOU MAKE THE CALL.)

The formal spaces feature columns, coffered ceilings and crown molding. All of the molding is made from solid poplar. The geothermal heating system has been running for weeks to keep the millwork at a constant temperature and humidity to prevent cracking and warping.

Where ceilings and walls meet at odd angles, soffits have been added to the trim work to create a seamless edge.

Where you notice imperfections in the featured photos, it’s simply because you’re viewing a work in progress and the final finish has not been applied. Feel free to e-mail me with your questions and comments. I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.natellihomes.com.

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There is nothing prefabricated about the carpentry in this home, right down to the lowliest of all considerations, the shelving in the closet and storage spaces.  Each closet has shelving specifically designed to maximize storage within the space and to facilitate the ease of placement and recovery.  There is a custom made cedar closet where the finest clothes will be stored, and numerous closets that use MDF, as the shelving material.  But every closet’s shelving has rounded outer edges.  The shelves are then primed, sanded and painted with the final finish. 

The kitchen pantry offers a great example of custom made shelving.

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The cedar closet is a work of art, if you have a hankering for cedar closets.

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Other closets throughout the house are designed to maximize form and function.

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Feel free to e-mail me with your questions and comments.  I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.natellihomes.com.

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The architectural design of this home employs many Old World creative elements.  From the older stucco finish of exterior walls, to distressed bathroom vanities, to fireplace hearths and wrought-iron railings, the finished produce will transport you in time.  The great room floor and kitchen ceiling exemplify these design details in the use of wooden beams.

The ceiling contains hand-made wooden faux beams, distressed and stained to look decades old.  The parallel alignment of beams across the ceiling contrast large wooden squares on the great room floor, arranged in a diamond pattern, that will be filled with stone tile.  When the crossbeams are added above, the look is one of a somewhat coffered ceiling juxtaposing a coffered floor.  The overall effect will be striking.  BOB, DON’T KNOW IF I’M USING THE RIGHT TERMS THERE.

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The same style hand-made wooden faux beams are used in the master bedroom.  Here they complement a fireplace of lovely vintage design, distressed vanities and other elements.

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The home uses stone, rich woods and stucco in both the exterior and interior designs.  The wooden faux beams find application on all three levels and appear one last time in the wine cellar.  Here they complete an aesthetic of stone, stucco and vintage wrought-iron and solid wood doors.   

Feel free to e-mail me with your questions and comments.  I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.natellihomes.com.