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A bathroom vanity says a lot about the room it is in. Because of how little space bathrooms often occupy, the vanity is usually the point of focus for aesthetics and use.

But, just like with all bathroom remodeling trends, styles lose and gain popularity depending on the season and year.

So to help you out, here are 5 trends in bathroom vanities for those interested in stepping up their bathroom game this year.

1. Black is in. Yes, painting a vanity black is starting to take off this year. If a new coat of paint isn't in the cards, consider adding black accents, like a new faucet or hardware. 

2. Gravity-defying vanities are picking up steam. Though not as space-aged as they sound, wall-mounted vanities look great and give a little extra space below for those interested in creating their own organizational methods.

3. Rustic vanities that recall the days of old are finding their way into bathrooms everywhere. Called "Modern Rustic," vanities that evoke this period's design bring a vintage and warm feel to any bathroom. For real rustic, consider refinishing an old cabinet and doing it yourself.

4. Add a bowl topper for chic and classy. Vessel-topped vanities are alluring because they are unique and eye-catching. Though originally designed to mimic cottage styles, new designs are showing homeowners that bowls are coming full circle, and are ready for the modern home.

5. Once, pedestal style sinks ruled bathroom design. Then modern took over. However, after a short absence, pedestal sinks are back with a vengeance. The charm they bring is unparalleled, and for those who like classic blended with elegant, a pedestal sink is the way to go.

A bathroom remodel isn't complete without a new vanity. It's important to remember, however, that you choose what suits your taste and design, not just what is popular. Because when it's said and done, your bathroom should be about you and your needs.

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If you are dreaming about transforming the smallest rooms in your Maryland or Virginia home, it’s likely you are ready for a bathroom remodeling plan. Just because most bathrooms are small doesn’t mean they don’t make a big impact on your lifestyle and design statement. According to an article by bankrate.com, you need a bathroom remodeling plan when hiring a professional. Because you have limited space in a bathroom, it’s critical to have a comprehensive plan that includes lighting and storage.

  • Should you enlarge your bathroom?

One of the great advantages of hiring a builder is that you can find out how much it would cost to enlarge a bathroom. A builder that specializes in bathroom remodeling will often advise you to enlarge the space by using space from a nearby closet or hallway or bedroom. Most people only enlarge master bathrooms or bathrooms adjacent to a guest suite. A powder room near the kitchen or laundry area is often fine as a small space.

  • Is it best to remove a tub?

In order to install over-sized showers that are so popular now, many architects advise removing tubs in at least one of the bathrooms. Typically, people want a large shower and garden tub in the master bathroom suite. However, a tub that isn’t used in a second or third bathroom is space that's simply wasted.

  • How do you prioritize?

Other factors to consider when prioritizing a bathroom remodeling job include storage and lighting. For the most part, lighting is a fairly inexpensive part of the equation although it’s good to invest in quality decorative lighting and task lighting. The cabinets' configuration plays into the storage equation. Some of the other decision to make include whether or not to spend more money on upgraded vanities, sinks and flooring.

If aging-in-place is something you worry about, talk to your builder about universal design features. Whether it’s a grab bar in the shower, a shower that you won’t trip getting into or out of or a toilet at the right height, universal design appeals to older homeowners as well as people taking care of aging relatives. But even if you are decades away from retirement, universal design elements help boost resale value.

At Natelli Homes, we can help you transform your bathrooms. We provide architectural and design services in Maryland and Virginia. For more ideas for a bathroom remodeling project, please contact us.

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.

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When you purchase a home, you may run into a situation where a bathroom is just really small, and the previous homeowner either decided on a poor design, or they did not fix the problem after buying. It is an issue that some people avoid tackling, but it is worthwhile, especially when it is a bathroom that you would like to use and rely on the fact you can use it on a regular basis.

Utilize Every Bit of Space, Especially Corners

In order to create the most function for your bathroom, you should try to use all available space. However, it is important to have enough walking room and room to move around after leaving the toilet, getting out of the shower, or stepping out of the bathtub. Ideally, you should try to use the corners of a bathroom to your advantage as this is space you are not likely to walk on or around. For instance, you can put additional storage in this area, which can reduce your need for storage elsewhere.

Choose a Single-Hole Faucet Model

It is best to have patience with bathroom remodeling, and this is because it can be a time-consuming process, especially when you have to deal with the plumbing of your home. However, replacing a faucet is generally quite simple, but this is not the reason it makes for an excellent part of your renovation. Switching to a single-hole faucet not only saves space, but these new water faucets are generally more energy-efficient compared to older models, which means energy savings on your side.

Downsize Your Toilet and Benefit in Multiple Ways

While a round toilet may usually be the smallest option compared to an elongated toilet, this is not always the case. Most homeowners enjoy the additional space that comes with an elongated toilet bowel, and while the majority of people would not consider it for a small bathroom, there are actually compact elongated toilets that are the same size of round toilets.

It is an outstanding choice for those looking to improve their bathroom while not consuming any extra space. Additionally, you cannot go wrong with new toilets as there are very energy-efficient models, even models that have a dual-flush option to avoid wasting water unnecessarily.

 

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Although your bathroom may be in functional condition, this does not mean you should let it stay that way until it is required to replace fixtures. It is an amazing solution to invest intobathroom remodeling and this is because you can turn your bathroom into one that you love, and you can make sure that it is done in a way that will save you a lot of money as the months and years pass by.

Upgrading Your Fixtures

It makes sense to upgrade all of your fixtures in your bathroom, and this is because old fixtures generally lack the potential of energy-efficiency and quality. Although some homeowners think about spending the least amount of money possible on their bathroom fixtures, thinking of these purchases as investments will help you make the best decision. For instance, getting your hands on a superb sink, bath, shower, and toilet will not only ensure you are satisfied with your purchase, but save money from energy-efficiency.

Getting Heated Flooring

While heated flooring may seem like a luxury, this is actually a feature that does not cost a lot of money to maintain, and it will keep your overall heating costs down. Since you will be less inclined to turn the heater on when getting out from taking a shower, this will also lead to lower utility bills, which is exactly what you should be aiming to do with a bathroom remodeling project.

Spending More on Quality

In order to have a positive experience, you need to have a budget, but this does not mean you should skimp on your budget or follow through with a remodel right away when you do not have enough money. It is better waiting until you are able to get everything you desire, as opposed to rushing, and this is because you can make sure your bathroom is complete with high quality fixtures and workmanship.


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cfb661bf-8c7b-4e50-a4ad-0dfec89d3d21What's a bathroom floor without a ceramic tile? Ceramic tile has been used on bathroom floors since the invention of indoor plumbing. It is versatile, inexpensive, and, perhaps most important, is waterproof. It is the quintessential stand-by for your bathroom's floor.  However, bathroom flooring has come along way, and the industry has produced more than just ceramic in terms of options. So when you are making your choice of tile for a bathroom renovation, why choose basic?
 
Here are some great alternatives:

Bamboo

Classy and environmentally eco-friendly, bamboo mixes simple care and elegant design. It comes in narrow- and wide-stock, strand-woven, and is durable and waterproof. It is also available in variable patterns that would compliment any bathroom redesign.

Artistic Relief

What's more durable than concrete? Concrete can be tinted to just about whatever color you want, and can be patterned and stamped so you can express your artistic style. Meaning that you can design your floor to match just about any pattern you'd like.

Pebbles

For a beach-like effect, try natural stone pebbles. They're attached to the subfloor or foundation, are water-resistant, durable, and beautiful. Besides the fact that because the stone pebbles add texture so you won't need mats to prevent slipping.

Cork

Not just for wine, there's a reason hundreds of year's old bottles of wine remain fresh. Cork is mold-resistant, waterproof, antibacterial, and can be installed in sheets, tiles, pieces, or mosaic patterns. It can also be stained to match and existing decor.

Glass Block

Glass block first got popular as a material designed around showers. But some enterprising individuals developed a version as a flooring. Glass is resistant to moisture, mildew, staining, and is incredibly simple to clean. It comes in clear, solid, colored, and textured.

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rsz natelli4If a bathroom renovation is in the works for your home this year, then you'll want to be prepared. Bathroom renovations are, after all, one of the most popular, and perhaps one of the most important remodeling a homeowner can perform. 

While it's true the at the beginning of any remodel the workload seems overwhelming, it doesn't have to be. With proper planning and a bit of know-how, renovating a room in your home can be extremely rewarding. 

Determine your budget. Under-budgeting is a huge mistake. Begin by estimating what you'd like to change in your bathroom, add up total expenses and costs (including any hired help you may need). Then, subtract the hours you may need to take off of work. Remember, time is money. (Pro tip: Keep a few extra bucks in a reserve for emergencies.)

Decide on a design.Now that you have a budget, a design scheme should come next. Begin by browsing online for different styles. Check out popular websites that relay modern trends. Check out websites like Pinterest for pictorial examples of how you want your new bathroom to look and feel.

Time to buy. With your perfect bathroom in mind, it's time to spend. If you are going it alone, head to a home improvement store with your list and ask for help. Get advice from the staff on things you'll need, cost effectiveness per item, product ratings, etc. A bathroom renovation is an investment for your home's future.

Don't forget your budget. Once you get involved in the process, it's very simple to over spend. You'll need to be your own accountant during this event, keep track of anything extra you spend, and continue to subtract these amounts from your total. Remember the reserve money from tip 1? This will be your "go to" in a crisis. Use it wisely.

There's no shame in asking for help. A big job like remodeling your entire bathroom can sometimes be too much for someone to complete alone. Calling a qualified contractor in your area may save you time as well as extra costs. 

 

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735166b7-3ebe-499b-f33b-055a02ad0bdc 1It can become so easy to get caught up in the big picture when planning bathroom renovations that you overlook some minor additions capable of becoming the icing on the cake. These five ideas may not equal the big-ticket items around which your dream bathroom centers, but few bathroom renovations would not benefit from including at least one or two.

  • Bathroom Fan with Timer

The bathroom fan exists to remove the moisture caused by the sudden increase in humidity that results from normal use. If properly used, the bathroom fan dramatically reduce incidence of mold and mildew in a bathroom. If not used at all, the results can be either a unregulated growth of mold and mildew, but it the fan is left going too long, its usefulness becomes trumped by the amount of energy it wastes. Bathroom renovations present the perfect opportunity to introduce fans with timers that keep it running long enough to do its job, but automatically turn the fan off to keep it from becoming an energy vampire.

  • Concealed Toilet Brush

The brush used to clean out the toilet may be a tool no bathroom should be without, but it is also true that no bathroom could fail to benefit from its being hidden from view. Which is why part the process of bathroom renovations should always at least give a few minutes worth of consideration to the ridiculously simple solution of cutting a hole in the drywall next to the toilet behind the flip-down door of which sits the now concealed toilet brush. 

  • Hands-Free Sink Faucet

Most bathroom renovations are certainly going to touch upon replacing existing sinks. While you ponder over standard issues of remodeling bathrooms like countertop material and whether to find more space by going with a pedestal sink, take time to think about why you rarely have to touch faucets in the bathrooms out in the business world anymore. The same sensor technology that saves you from picking up the germs left behind by other shoppers at the mall can also become part of the renovations of residential bathrooms. The advantages to your family's health alone make this home addition worthwhile. 

  • Anti-Scald Shower Valve

Bathroom renovations in older homes should actually put installation of anti-scald shower valves up near the top of the list. A number of different options are your disposal including showerheads with built-in anti-scald technology, pressure-balancing valves and thermostatic valves. The differences between these options are primarily cost as well as the means by which they all accomplish the same goal: keeping you from becoming the victim of a sudden change in water temperature with the potential for serious injury caused by burns or falling in the tub. 

  • Heated Towel Shelf

Tired of getting out the shower and facing the cold comfort of a towel exposed to room temperature? One of the most useful minor additions you can make to your bigger bathroom renovation plans is the introduction of a heated towel shelf. Imagine stepping out of the shower on a cold day and wrapping yourself in a luxuriously heated towel. For an additional benefit, situate the heated towel rack directly below your bathroom mirror and you can reduce or even eliminate fogging. 

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Home remodeling is a lot of work and requires a high amount of patience. Conflicts arise when contractors and customers misunderstand the remodeling process, so a basic overview of how things happen will benefit all parties involved.

1. Everything Needs To Arrive

Certain products, such as custom countertops, marble materials or bathroom fixtures are created on an order-only basis. The manufacturers will not make the product until the order comes into the shop. While this creates a unique look to the new bathroom, it requires patience from the customer and the contractor. 

2. All Options Need To Be Considered

The customer and contractor need to communicate openly regarding all the options. If the customer is on a tight deadline, the contractor may choose to explore ready-made options. The contractor can help guide the customer through the vast bathroom choices based on the customer's building timeline and personal needs.

3. Shower Storage

The customer and contractor need to plan for shower storage. Many showers only have a small shelf to store product, which does not serve the typical family of four. Eliminate injuries and messes by considering in-the-wall shower storage areas. 

4. Make Sure the Underlayment is Removed

This is a very time consuming task, but the old vinyl or flooring needs to go. Since the flooring may stick stubbornly, it's best to rip up the underlayment along with the flooring. Floor removal needs to be discussed with the contractor before the project begins.

5. Accent Tiles Spice It Up

Among the options for tiling are accent tiles. These are typically mosaic or glass, and are usually expensive, which is why they are used as accents. Line the top of the shower walls with these special pieces for a layered look. Be sure the conversation between contractor and customer includes accent pieces.

6. Curved Shower Rods

Have you ever been to a hotel room with a curved shower rod? There's much more space inside the shower. A curved shower rod is a simple, cheaper addition, but certainly one which will make the shower feel bigger.

7. Fix the Toilet

The contractor and customer should discuss the toilet, especially if the floor is to be retiled. The toilet may be raised too high to work properly after the remodel. If the contractor will need any extenders for the toilet, these need to be discussed in the pre-remodel details.

8. Don't Forget the Lighting

While the bathroom is being updated, it's smart to consider an upgraded lighting. Talk about energy saving options, such as LED lighting fixtures. The most common forgotten part of the bathroom remodel is the lighting, so make sure it's reviewed before the remodel.

 

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Architectural Design and New Custom Homes | Montgomery County

Montgomery County is one of the most luxurious counties in the country (if it's not already at the top of the list). Looking around neighborhoods such as Bethesda, Potomac, and Rockville, the number of beautiful homes with pristine roofs, columns on wraparound porches and decks is simply astounding. Look to Silver Spring and Chevy Chase and the number of custom homes with fabulous kitchens and bathrooms to die for are enough to make anyone want to move to this part of the country. 

Montgomery County is one of the best places to live in the country because people here are very comfortable in how they live. This means their homes are specifically made for the residents who inhabit them and they would not have it any other way. 

If you're in Montgomery County and are looking to modify your home or build a completely new one here's how we can make that dream come true:

Natelli Homes in Montgomery County

With Natelli Homes, you’ll find that there’s no easier way to begin your home remodeling (or home renovation for that matter) than by starting with Natelli Home’s architectural design services.  

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 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?

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 Montgomery County.

Custom Homes | Montgomery County

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

Natelli Homes has spent over 25 years building some of the most fantastic custom homes in the DC Metro Area. 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. 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 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 we’ll always give you the best the area has to offer. Our decades of custom home experience is humbly passed onto our 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.

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New Homes | Montgomery County

All the hassle and stress involved in buying a home in 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, you 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 Montgomery County 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 Montgomery County | Portfolio Homes

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 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.

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Home Renovations | Montgomery County

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

Home Additions | Montgomery County

If you’re looking to add more space to your 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.

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Bathroom Home Renovations | Montgomery County

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

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 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. 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.

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Screened Porch and Open Porch Home Renovations | Montgomery County

Both screened and open porches have become vital living spaces for homes. 

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 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
  • Fireplaces
  • 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 screened porch or open porch.

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Home Remodeling | Montgomery County 

Natelli Homes is your one-stop-shop for home remodeling in Montgomery County.

Kitchen Home Remodeling | Montgomery County

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.

Natelli has been involved in kitchen home remodeling 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:

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

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