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5-summer-home-additions-that-increase-your-homes-value-and-comfort-bethesda-mdWhile many homeowners agree that winter is the best time to begin and complete home additions, with harsh and cold weather, it can be a difficult task when outdoor work is involved.

This makes summer home additions ideal for those who want to increase their home's value, while still being able to work on their home without having to bare cold weather, and still getting the most out of their experience and money.

Here are 5 home additions to complete in summer.

1. Sunrooms. Many homeowners don't realize how beneficial sunrooms are until they have one, which is why summer is the perfect time to complete one. Because, come winter, your sunroom will be your favorite hangout spot.

2. Garage conversions. If your garage is ready for the next step, then consider a garage conversion. Adding a livable area above your parking area not only increases your home's value, it also brings a return on investment you can't beat.

3. Second story additions. Second story home additions aren't just for ranch style homes. A second story addition is also suitable for homes with an existing second story, but one that simply needs additional space for a bedroom or bath.

4. Bathroom addition. Many older homes have to few bathrooms. Which, for a larger family, is a headache. Adding a full or half bath to your first or second floor alleviates any problems you may have had with just one bathroom.

5. Master suite. If your current master suite is nothing but a bedroom, summer is perfect for setting up a master suite that will give back monetarily and with added comfort. Just think of how lovely and relaxing your home will be with your own master suite, which includes a bathroom, when your work is complete.

If you're ready for a new home addition, please feel free to contact us to discuss your options.

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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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.

top-3-reasons-to-consider-home-additions-bethesda-mdThe experts at Natelli Homes frequently field calls from homeowners who want to know about our quality control, scheduling and efficiency protocols when working on home additions. But recently, we have begun getting calls from consumers who are wondering if they should consider this type of construction project to begin with – or if they might be better served by a simple remodel. Finally, we compiled the three most common reasons why home owners are favoring an addition over a remodel.

  1. Return on investment. You know that adding on a new master suite increases the value of your home. By freeing up another bedroom in your home for a different use, this property is now much more likely to be appealing to a potential future buyer. When this consumer looks for space to build a home office or needs a certain number of bedrooms for the children in the family, your home with its added space might be just the right property. But be careful! Some additions, U.S. News & World Report warns that the average sun room add-on is only worthwhile when it has year-round function, may not recoup your expenses as well as others.
  2. Increase in usable space. Larger homes always fetch more money in the housing market than those with a large backyard but a very limited square footage count inside the house. Building up or building out creates more usable space that suits your family today and attracts a good selling price at some point in the future.
  3. Meeting today’s and tomorrow’s needs. If you have a growing family, consider your current and future needs. When you like the neighborhood and the schools, you are not very likely to pack up and move. With a commitment to stay in the home, it is a good idea to modify it to meet your current and future needs. For example, a new addition to the family calls for more room. Anticipating that your other children will turn into teens in a few years, begin now to think of their room needs. When you know that you will welcome an elderly parent into your home within the next few years, consider now what type of home additions would best suit your needs when this day finally does come.

Once you decide that a home addition is indeed the right decision for your family, contact us for more information. We discuss curb appeal, design elements that are germane to your property’s appearance and also the look of your neighborhood. Staying within the constraints of your area’s overall look and feel is an important aspect when building an addition that fits right onto your property parcel.

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.

Offering the best custom home service in the surrounding Chevy Chase area!

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!

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.

ca5cdc8d-aa08-4b8b-a114-1cc1478a2f3d-thumbWhen it comes to architectural design, one of the factors to consider is the ceiling height desired. Cathedral ceilings have seen a rise and fall in popularity, with the 2-story ceilings in family rooms and entryways becoming less important to Maryland and Virginia homebuyers. According to an article by The Chicago Tribune, ceilings used to soar but now homeowners are choosing the cozy feel offered by lower ceilings. One of the hidden drawbacks of having vaulted and cathedral ceilings is the fact that artwork, lighting and other features have to be large and loud to be noticed. During the holiday time, even a Christmas tree needs to be the largest one on the lot to make a statement under a cathedral ceiling. Whether you want to renovate an existing home to add or remove drop ceilings or are thinking about the architectural design of a new custom home, consider the trends as well as your own preferences.

Following the down-to-earth trend

Lately, the trend in architectural design and interior design has been leaning toward organic, natural and “green.” Experts say it takes more energy to cool and heat up a home with cathedral ceilings. Also, high ceilings don’t provide the feeling of coziness and warmth some people desire. Some larger homes with two-story entryways and Great Rooms also have Juliet balconies and second-story bridges that look down to the living area below, which is appealing even today to some homeowners.

Using space for practical purposes

Experts say having cathedral ceilings can be wasted space for people who want to use space on the second floor for bedrooms, offices or lofts. After buying a home with cathedral ceilings, it’s not impossible to renovate to add drop ceilings or additions on the second floor. When budgeting for a new custom home, think about whether you rather spend money on high ceilings versus a gourmet kitchen or upgraded flooring.

Even though 18-feet ceilings in the Great Room may feel too cold and austere for some, having slightly higher ceilings in bedrooms can make people feel less claustrophobic. Experts say many homebuyers are asking for 9 feet ceilings instead of the standard 8 feet ceilings for many rooms of the home.

At Natelli Homes, we build spectacular custom homes in Maryland and Virginia. For more information about ceiling heights as well as options for custom homes, remodeling, renovations and new home additions, please contact us.

f1d948a0-da79-4a27-dab0-72f47673a676-thumbAfter completing a bathroom remodeling project that turns your ordinary bathroom into a luxurious spa-like retreat, you may decide to vacation at home. With so many people in Maryland and Virginia working out of the home, it’s nice to have a relaxing getaway to detoxify your body and reduce stress. According to an article by Building Design & Construction, a survey of more than 400 kitchen and bath designers revealed that things are trending contemporary with less ornamentation in bathrooms and kitchens. An experienced builder that serves Maryland and Virginia can help you remodel your bathrooms with easy-maintenance features, more storage and accessible features such as shower benches. Having a space that is practical yet still makes you feel pampered is the key.

Soaking tubs and safe showers

Soaking tubs as well as free-standing non-jetted tubs are growing in popularity, according to bath designers. As part of bathroom remodeling project, you may also want to consider lighting and benches in the shower. Having a no-threshold shower is a way to prevent tripping when stepping in and out of a shower for people who are worried about safety as they age. When it comes to the actual shower, steam showers can make you feel like you are at a spa in your own home. Many walk-in showers today come equipped with digital controls, hand-held wand and rain showerheads.

Keeping it toasty and comfortable

Part of feeling like you are on vacation is being completely comfortable even when it’s snowing outside. Consider radiant floor heating when remodeling master bathroom or guest bathroom suite. For maximum comfort and safety, you may wish to change the height of toilets and vanities when remodeling.

Although granite was the go-to choice of countertop material for many years, now more people are opting for quartz. If you want to be cutting-edge, consider recycled glass countertops. As far as color scheme, the trends indicate beige, bone and gray are hot, but you may feel more invigorated with splashes of color. Everyone has a different idea about what makes them feel like they are on vacation. A professional can also help you with lighting, flooring and windows choices.

Natelli Homes provides architectural design services for clients in Maryland and Virginia who want to create a spa-like bathroom that’s perfect for you. For more information about remodeling your kitchen, bathroom or other parts of the home, please contact us.

c6c3736e-fe3b-4efc-c04c-379807d83c77Upper-end new homes are increasing in size, while home additions increase livable space in homes. According to an article by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), some of the architectural design trends include bigger, more accessible homes as well as property enhancements such as decks and porches. When house hunting in Maryland and Virginia, you may feel claustrophobic in older bungalow and ranch-style homes. Most Marylanders and Virginians want larger homes with decks, porches or windows overlooking the landscape that changes with each of the four seasons.
  • Living in larger homes

As reported by the AIA, the size of homes has been trending up since 2010. Residential architects say there is a demand for two-story entryways and high ceilings as well as more square footage. Upper-end homes are much more likely to be spacious compared to the starter homes. Benefits of living in larger homes include the fact that the home can accommodate a growing family and more guests.

  • Creating accessible living

Another architectural design trend is accessibility. With baby boomers retiring, more people want wider hallways, fewer steps, ramps and door handles instead of knobs that are difficult to grab. People from the younger generations like “flex rooms” and other spaces that can be defined as they wish. The open-space concept layout continues to be popular with family rooms and kitchens that flow. Casual eat-in kitchen areas, dens and niche flex rooms replace the old formal living and dining rooms.

  • Blending indoor and outdoor spaces

From decks, porches, sunrooms to outdoor kitchens, gazebos and pools, more people are making outdoor improvements a priority. Seven out of 10 residential architects surveyed for a Home Design Trends Survey by the AIA said outdoor living is increasing in popularity. Some architectural design ideas include building a stone paver patio with decorative stone fence and stairs leading up to a steep backyard. A new pool and patio or porch and lanai can bring stylish architectural to the back of a home.

Natelli Homes Architectural Design and Construction Services offers unparalleled service. For help in learning about the latest architectural design choices available to you when having a custom home built or when renovating your existing home in Virginia or Maryland, please contact us.