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5 Helpful Tips for Planning a Screened Porch in Maryland and Virginia

Posted in: Screen Porch in Maryland, Screen Room, screened porch in Washington, DC, Screened Porch, Screened-in Porch

James Moylan

Thursday, September 12, 2019

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In the Washington, DC metro area, summers can be difficult, with the intense heat and humidity and all of the mosquitoes.  Our clients find that screen rooms help them enjoy the outdoors comfortably.  Design Builders Inc. wants you to enjoy your exterior space, so we've put together five helpful hints to consider when building a screen room.

How to Build a Round Deck in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC

Posted in: round deck, curved deck

James Moylan

Tuesday, August 27, 2019


Nature is made up of curves and circles, from the bright sun and luminous moon to the majestic oak and the cheerful daisy. While the straight lines and sharp corners of rectangular decks may look neat and orderly, the graceful curves of round decks merge harmoniously with nature.

Once a seldom-seen novelty, the curved deck has become increasingly popular on American properties. A round deck adds a touch of sophistication and individuality to an otherwise conventional yard. When designed well, a deck could curve to match a back window, hug a pool, or curve around a garden.

Considerations When Matching an Existing Home’s Aesthetic with a New Outdoor Living Space

Posted in: home remodeling tips

James Moylan

Monday, August 12, 2019

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Factors to Account for When Matching a New Outdoor Living Space to an Existing Home

One of the hardest parts of any renovation or remodel is ensuring the new project works seamlessly with the existing home. If you’re currently looking to add a new outdoor living space to your house, here are some important consideration for not only how to integrate that area into the home’s established aesthetic but how to choose professionals who can help you with that goal.

What are Your Options for Enclosing an Existing Outdoor Space?

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Deck Screens, Screen Porch Screens, Screen Porch in Maryland, Screen-Porch Design Tips, porch topics, screen porch products, SCREENEZE, SCREENEZE screening system, Motorized Porch Screens, Motorized Outdoor Screening Systems, Screen Room, Phantom Retractable Screens, screened porch in Washington, DC, Screened Porch, Screened-in Porch, Eze-Breeze, Three-season rooms

James Moylan

Monday, August 05, 2019

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Options for Enclosing an Existing Outdoor Space

Lots of homeowners have open outdoor living spaces and, for a variety of reasons, find themselves wondering what their options are to enclose them. Whether you have a front porch with a roof but no screens, a deck, a double deck without screens, or a patio, the logistics of how to enclose these existing spaces is one of the most common questions posed to design and build firms.

What is a Design-Build Firm Compared to a Standard Deck Builder?

Posted in: Screen Porch Questions, Deck Building Questions, Deck Design, Contracting Questions, deck questions

James Moylan

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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What Is a Design-Build Firm, and How Does It Differ from a Standard Deck Builder in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC?

When it comes to installing a new deck, there’s always a lot to consider, but one issue you might not have thought about is whether you want to work with a deck builder or a design and build firm. What’s the difference between these two very different professionals, though, and which is right for your project?