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This will be one of the most interesting "before and after" comparisons we have ever done. Using arrangements of Marvin casement windows, awning windows and fixed windows, we converted a typical traditional elevation of the rear of a master bedroom into an eye-popping view.

Standing in the home looking out makes me feel like I am in a museum. The results are strikingly beautiful and effective. The before and after photos say more than I could possibly put to words. Stay tuned and I'll be sure to show you the finished product.

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altTraditional or what some might call contemporary? Exiting from traditional bay window and round-top window configurations and moving to designs that maximize views from the interior is not typical of the Washington D.C. metropolitan market. I have to admit that the views to the outside through these new Marvin windows and doors are exceptional.

altThis project caught my eye and the views from the two story family room and the new kitchen bay window are as unique as I have ever seen. The two acre wooded lot in Potomac lends itself to these new Marvin replacement windows.

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Volatile Organic Compounds in the Home
Volatile organic compounds or VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands.
Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products. Fuels are made up of organic chemicals. If you have an outdoor shed or other structure, move all fuels to this area and get them out of the garage. Household products including paint strippers, and other solvents; wood preservatives; aerosol sprays; cleansers and disinfectants; moth repellents and air fresheners; automotive products; hobby supplies; and dry-cleaned clothing can release organic compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored.
This can result in exposure to very high pollutant levels, and elevated concentrations can persist in the air long after the activity is completed. The safest way to use these products is to create strong ventilation with outside air that moves through the space where the activity is being conducted. Be smart about how you use these products.
Clients building new homes and remodeling existing dwellings are choosing to reduce the levels of VOCs in their homes through their purchasing decisions. Benjamin Moore, a paint and coatings manufacturer, now offers a complete line of reduced VOC paints. Some of these products can be found at the following link:
http://www.benjaminmoore.com/bmpsweb/portals/bmps.portal?_nfpb=true&_br=1&_pageLabel=fc_home&np=public_site/articles/products_specs/ps_fc_environmentally_friendly
Clients are also choosing to reduce the levels of formaldehyde, a measurable VOC, in their homes by choosing formaldehyde-free building insulation. These products are offered by both Knauf and John Mansville and can be found at the following links:
http://www.ecobatt.us/eco_batt.html
http://www.jmhomeowner.com/insulation/products.asp
Of course there are always steps to reduce exposure. Increase ventilation when using products that emit VOCs. Meet or exceed any label precautions. Do not store opened containers of unused paints and similar materials within the home. Formaldehyde, one of the best known VOCs, is one of the few indoor air pollutants that can be readily measured. Identify, and if possible, remove the source. If not possible to remove, reduce exposure by using a sealant on all exposed surfaces of paneling and other furnishings. Use integrated pest management techniques to reduce the need for pesticides.
• Use household products according to manufacturer's directions.
• Make sure you provide plenty of fresh air when using these products.
• Throw away unused or little-used containers safely; buy in quantities that you will use soon.
• Keep out of reach of children and pets.
• Never mix household care products unless directed on the label.
Follow label instructions carefully when using potentially hazardous products where warnings aimed at reducing exposure of the user are always written. For example, if a label says to use the product in a well-ventilated area, go outdoors or in areas equipped with an exhaust fan to use it. Otherwise, open up windows to provide the maximum amount of outdoor air possible.
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.
Additional information on Benjamin Moore paint can be found at this link:
http://www.benjaminmoore.com/bmpsweb/portals/bmps_en_ca.portal?_nfpb=true&_br=1&_pageLabel=fh_home_ca&np=public_site/articles/footer/press_2010_advance
Volatile Organic Compounds in the Home
Volatile organic compounds or VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands.
Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products. Fuels are made up of organic chemicals. If you have an outdoor shed or other structure, move all fuels to this area and get them out of the garage. Household products including paint strippers, and other solvents; wood preservatives; aerosol sprays; cleansers and disinfectants; moth repellents and air fresheners; automotive products; hobby supplies; and dry-cleaned clothing can release organic compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored.
This can result in exposure to very high pollutant levels, and elevated concentrations can persist in the air long after the activity is completed. The safest way to use these products is to create strong ventilation with outside air that moves through the space where the activity is being conducted. Be smart about how you use these products.
Clients building new homes and remodeling existing dwellings are choosing to reduce the levels of VOCs in their homes through their purchasing decisions. Benjamin Moore, a paint and coatings manufacturer, now offers a complete line of reduced VOC paints. Some of these products can be found at the following link:
http://www.benjaminmoore.com/bmpsweb/portals/bmps.portal?_nfpb=true&_br=1&_pageLabel=fc_home&np=public_site/articles/products_specs/ps_fc_environmentally_friendly
Clients are also choosing to reduce the levels of formaldehyde, a measurable VOC, in their homes by choosing formaldehyde-free building insulation. These products are offered by both Knauf and John Mansville and can be found at the following links:
http://www.ecobatt.us/eco_batt.html
http://www.jmhomeowner.com/insulation/products.asp
Of course there are always steps to reduce exposure. Increase ventilation when using products that emit VOCs. Meet or exceed any label precautions. Do not store opened containers of unused paints and similar materials within the home. Formaldehyde, one of the best known VOCs, is one of the few indoor air pollutants that can be readily measured. Identify, and if possible, remove the source. If not possible to remove, reduce exposure by using a sealant on all exposed surfaces of paneling and other furnishings. Use integrated pest management techniques to reduce the need for pesticides.
• Use household products according to manufacturer's directions.
• Make sure you provide plenty of fresh air when using these products.
• Throw away unused or little-used containers safely; buy in quantities that you will use soon.
• Keep out of reach of children and pets.
• Never mix household care products unless directed on the label.
Follow label instructions carefully when using potentially hazardous products where warnings aimed at reducing exposure of the user are always written. For example, if a label says to use the product in a well-ventilated area, go outdoors or in areas equipped with an exhaust fan to use it. Otherwise, open up windows to provide the maximum amount of outdoor air possible.
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.
Additional information on Benjamin Moore paint can be found at this link:
http://www.benjaminmoore.com/bmpsweb/portals/bmps_en_ca.portal?_nfpb=true&_br=1&_pageLabel=fh_home_ca&np=public_site/articles/footer/press_2010_advance

altNot many rooms or windows for that matter, allow spectacular views. In this case, Natelli Homes removed a traditional arrangement of windows with millwork panels between an upper roundtop window and a lower fixed picture window. We installed broad spans of full height glass with only a small structural division between the two windows. Using engineered custom Marvin windows with Kynar clad exteriors and tempered 1" thick glass was a necessity.

The photo really does not depict what the view allows after the installation. To see the full tree, from the base to the crown, is striking.

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Please enjoy this time lapse photo journal of an addition to a home.

Additional Entertainment

Renovations and additions can be wonderful complements to an existing home.  Thanks to Mr. Mancini for reminding me how important music is in our lives.

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Everyone loves a bay window for the obvious reasons. It punctuates the room and brings the outside in, but what a difference this bay window renovation will make.

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From an ordinary bay window above that we have seen in thousands of homes, to the inspiring full height, floor to ceiling, Marvin window in this breakfast room to the right. I'll show a photo of the finshed exterior in a couple of weeks.

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Natelli Homes recently completed a full window replacement, also called a full tear-out, on a home with a Mansard slate roof.  This was particular difficult because a Mansard roof-line flares out at the bottom of the window, which allows significant potential issues with water and air infiltration.  If not done properly, water could easily get in the bottom of the window beneath the sill and cause leaks in the home below the windows.

As you can see in the photos, the existing windows were old aluminum frames which conducted large amounts of cold air into the room.  These older aluminum windows with single pane glass are an enormous source of heat and energy loss in the home.  I expect the client to feel an immediate difference in the temperature of the room.

We installed Jeld-Wen premium siteline EX windows with Dual Low-E Argon gas.  This is a window with a U-value of 0.30 compared to maybe 1.5 or more for the old single pane aluminum framed windows.  In layman's terms the new windows will improve energy efficiency by 5 times plus the improvements in the installation methods which adds another level of energy savings which cannot be quantified, but may be equally significant.

We worked carefully with the client's roofer to ensure the windows were flashed and water was properly mitigated.

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