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changing-the-architectural-design-of-your-home-to-include-a-second-floor-great-falls-vaHome additions create space where there is none. When your family has outgrown the home but you cannot see leaving the area where the children are growing up and going to school just to buy a new house, adding on to the structure makes sense.

While some folks build out, we have found that changing the architectural design of your home to include a second floor instead actually has quite a few benefits.

  • Double your square footage (almost). When you build out, the square footage you have left on your property limits you. When you build up, you place another floor on top of the existing one.
  • Add multiple rooms. When you need additional bedrooms, bathrooms, a home office and a laundry room, it makes sense to go for the increase in square footage the second floor provides. Building out usually only allows you to increase the size of some of your rooms or maybe add one or two.
  • Keep your backyard. The kids love to play soccer on the lawn. You enjoy the well-deserved glass of ice-cold lemonade on a Saturday afternoon in the backyard. When you build out, you lose a great amount of yard space. Whereas in the past you may have had a nice backyard, a ground-level room addition may cut this down to a patio-sized space.
  • Avoid problems with the zoning department. Depending on your area, the zoning department regulates the set backs you must maintain on the sides and the space you must keep between your structure and the property line. In some cases, this may interfere with your need for additional space when choosing the ground floor addition.
  • Keep your options open. When you leave your backyard space untouched, you have the future option of adding a pool or a guest cottage.

The experts at Natelli Homes know that changing the architectural design of your home is something that takes careful planning and a lot of consideration. We work with you to help you make the decision that is right for you and your family now – and in the future. Contact us today for more information on second floor home additions and other remodeling projects.

 

home-additions-add-an-office-to-perform-work-from-home-chevy-chase-mdWhether you are self-employed or have a job that can be done from home on occasion or full-time, not having an office in your home can prevent you from actually working from home. If this describes your situation, one of the greatest home additions to consider is an office, which not only allows you to work from home, but provides a number of other benefits that make it worthwhile.

Tax Deductions

When you have a designated area where you do your work at home, you can add the adjusted costs of the room compared to your home and deduct them on your taxes. It is also possible to deduct cost of the equipment you buy solely for working at home, which will help you save on getting the proper equipment and furnishings that allow you to perform all of your work-related tasks from home.

Saves Money

While a home office provides tax savings, there are other, even more substantial savings to enjoy. For instance, not having to make a long commute five or six days a week adds up quickly, especially when you consider how much less maintenance and fewer repairs your car will need by driving less frequently.

It is also beneficial because if you do rent office space, you no longer have to do so, thus eliminating a considerable expense with one fell swoop, thus further demonstrating the perks of a home office.

Create an Ideal Environment

Working in an office or at your workplace may not always be the ideal work environment for you, but with a home office, you can design, furnish, and decorate it how you want to create an ideal workplace.

Having this will often lead to greater productivity, which will either lead to getting your work done sooner, or being able to squeeze in more work within your work schedule.

Get Started with No Delay

Another benefit regarding time is that a home office enables you to get started as soon as you are ready, as opposed to having to get cleaned up, dressed, and then make the commute to work.

In some cases, you can save an hour or more off of your daily commitment, which means you get to spend an extra hour at home, relaxing, and spending time with your family.

If you are interested in adding a home office, contact us to learn more.

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Home additions give homeowners a way to enhance the space and look of their home. Many Potomac, MD homeowners have undergone this process when they realize they might be running out of space with the current state of thier house!

We offer our home additions services to the surrounding Potomac, MD area. 

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

Our Potomac, MD home addition 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. Having a proper plan is imperative for any home project, especially regarding home additions. If a home additions project interests you, please visit www.natellihomes.com and contact us today.

Offering high quality home additions to the Potomac, MD area!

architectural-design-makes-a-huge-difference-in-garage-over-builds-mclean-vaThe typical garage over-build creates a bonus room that offers a wide variety of added functions to your home. Whether you are thinking of adding a game room for the teens, a mother-in-law suite that allows you to welcome an elderly parent into your home while preserving their independence, or the opportunity to finally have that home theater setting complete with theater seating and sound, the right architectural design makes all the difference.

  • Customization. Do not make do with a second-hand design plan that may or may not bring the functionality to your home that you crave. Rather, work with an expert in the field who us adept at designing custom homes, home additions or garage over-builds. Working with this type of professional allows you to tailor the amenities and setup of the space to cater to your vision of its future use.
  • Integration. Although it may not sound like as big a deal as a full home-remodeling contract, remember that the addition of a second story above your garage not only adds much-needed space but also makes a dramatic alteration to your home’s appearance, the flow of its roof line and the proportions of your structure with respect to the landscaping. This is where the right architectural design will include the small touches that integrate the new living space into the look and feel of the existing home. Examples include a floor alignment to an already existing second story or the seamless integration of the new space to the current structure, which involves movement of bricks, siding, shingles and other design elements.
  • Modernization. It is tricky to add a new space that feels modern against an older structure. That said, architectural design specialists have the power to affect a flow from a garage over-build into a farmer’s kitchen or other portion of the structure without creating a sudden transition.

The experts at Natelli Homes are well versed in the art and science that is architectural design. Rely on our professionals to sketch out the most functional, visually attractive and versatile living space that fits perfectly above your current garage setup. Contact us today for more information on garage build-overs, kitchen or bathroom remodeling as well as the design of custom homes.

 

 

 

Our custom home service is one of the finest in the entire country. We have built many custom homes in the Chevy Chase area for our clients which range from lobbyists to even an astronaut.

We proudly offer our custom home services to the Chevy Chase area. 

Feel free to contact us today if you would like a personal consultation for our custom home services.  

Our custom home serviced clients in the Chevy Chase area 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. Interested for a custom home in the Chevy Chase area? If so, please visit www.natellihomes.com and contact us today.

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Who wouldn't want a home addition completed for their home to give your house the maximum amount of space possible. Home additions give homeowners countless opportunities to add onto their already existing home space.

We proudly offer home additions to homeowners in the Bethesda, MD area. 

Feel free to contact us today if your looking to have a home addition done for your Bethesda, MD home.  

Our home addition customers in the Bethesda, MD area have loved the work we have done with their homes.

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. Interested in a home addition for your Bethesda, MD home? If so, please visit www.natellihomes.com and contact us today.

Offering high quality home additions to the Bethesda, MD area!

Home additions are a perfect way for a homeowner to expand room in their house. Are you looking for a new bedroom or possibly a new deck attached to your home? Whatever the reason, many homeowners take the path of a home addition to add more space to their home.

We offer home additions to the Great Falls, VA surrounding area. 

Feel free to contact us today if your looking to have a home addition done for your Great Falls, VA home.  

Our home addition customers in the Great Falls, VA area have loved the work we have done with their homes.

Our number one priority is the customer.

We love doing what we do. Every time with get a request for a Great Falls, VA home addition, we thoroughly plan out all the proper steps clearly so the homeowner knows exactly what is going on. If you are interested in a home addition for your Great Falls, VA home, please visit www.natellihomes.com and contact us today.

Offering high quality home additions to the Great Falls, VA area!

A home addition can be a great way to add value and space to your home. Maybe your family size has increased and you have found there is very limited space in your house. Maybe you are looking to put your house on the market eventually. Either way, home additions are a perfect idea for a house.

We are proud to offer home additions to the Potomac, MD area. 

Feel free to contact us today if your looking to have a home addition done for your Potomac, MD home.  

Our Potomac, MD home addition customers have been extremely satisfied with our work.

Our number one priority is the customer.

We love doing what we do. Every time with get a request for a Potomac, MD home addition, we thoroughly plan out all the proper steps clearly so the homeowner knows exactly what is going on. If you are interested in a home addition for your Potomac, MD home, please visit www.natellihomes.com and contact us today.

Offering high quality home additions to the Potomac, MD area!

home-additions-expand-vertically-with-a-second-floor-chevy-chase-mdWhen it comes to home additions, the main choices are to expand vertically with a second floor or to extend a home horizontally by adding rooms. Another common way of describing a second floor addition is to call it “building up,” vs. building out. With the trend of multi-generational households in Maryland or Virginia, either approach can work as long as there is at least one master bedroom on the main floor. If you have active children, teenagers or young adults living at home, they may welcome a second floor addition as a getaway. By enlisting the help of an experienced builder, you can stay in your beloved Metro D.C. neighborhood without sacrificing on space as your family grows. If your home is on a narrow lot, you may need to build up instead of out. An article by HGTV suggests homeowners consider the pros of cons of either type of home addition.

  • Different ways to build up

Adding a second floor is the main way to expand the living space if you are planning of build up. Other ideas, according to HGTV, include adding large dormers in a pitched roof or adding space above an existing garage, or porch.

  • What to expect

When adding a second floor, your builder will most likely strengthen the existing foundation so it can support the new weight. Your builder or contractor will make sure the architectural plans meet the local guidelines such as the allowable height for houses. A new stairwell may eat up some of the living space on the lower level. Also, expect your contractor to demolish some of the walls in order to accommodate for structural supports and new lines for plumbing and electricity.

  • Ways to use a second floor

Having a second floor is exciting for any size family. Many homeowners like to have a game room, media room or home theater on the second floor. Other ideas include having several bedrooms, a bathroom and a loft area. A major consideration is whether to make most of the space on the second floor “livable” or to use some of the space as a two-story foyer for the drama. Other design details include the style of railing and flooring choices.

Other features that can make a second floor addition even more thrilling include balconies. Your contractor can build a balcony off an upstairs master bedroom suite, game room or other space. Having spectacular views from the second floor can raise the value of your home.

At Natelli Homes, we take pride on giving our Maryland and Virginia clients our full attention and giving our clients a variety of options. For more information on home additions and our architectural and remodeling services, please contact us.

e6b0d800-4991-48bf-d209-096dc568138f-thumbHaving a mother-in-law suite in your Maryland or Virginia home doesn’t mean your mother-in-law has to move in tomorrow. Home additions that can be used as separate living spaces can dramatically increase the value of your home. According to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, space for aging parents or young adult children is one of the hottest real estate amenities affecting resale value. Experts say the demand for separate living quarters within a home or as a guest house is coming from domestic and foreign homebuyers.

  • Changing trends in America

Although the idea of multi-generational living has been a longtime custom in many countries, it’s now becoming more typical for American families. From an economic perspective, American families realize they can save not just a few thousand dollars on rent when junior moves back in for a few months after college, but hundreds of thousands of dollars on assisted-living and nursing homes for aging parents. The Wall Street reports that real-estate listings that include in-law units or “accessory-dwelling units” are priced about 60 percent higher than those without the home additions. A survey of homeowners found an astounding 32 percent expect with living parents said they expect to take care of an aging relative in the future.

  • Deciding on the layout

With the help of an experienced builder that provides architectural design services, such as Natelli Homes, you can decide where to expand living space. Some options include adding a second floor to a single-story home. Younger members of the family can move to the second floor, while the lower level may be easier for older people who can’t navigate stairs. A garage over-build that uses space above a garage can also be turned into extra space for teenagers or college-age children, freeing up areas of the home that are more accessible. A new home addition on the main floor that includes a kitchenette, private living room, elder-friendly bathroom and bedroom is another way route to take.

Other improvements you can make include having a private entrance and garage built as part of the in-law suite renovation. Including universal design renovations or elder-friendly upgrades can also tie into your goals.

At Natelli Homes, we build custom homes and renovate existing homes in Maryland and Virginia. For more information about home additions and any help with remodeling or renovations, please contact us.