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Invisible Deck Rails for a Bethesda Overlook Home

Posted in: deck builders, design exercise, design blog

Jodie Hinman

Friday, February 27, 2015


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Invisible Railings for a Bethesda Deck Design

When you live in an area as developed as Bethesda, owning the newest house in the neighborhood can still mean you're the owner of a 40-year-old house. Such is this case with a family of four in the Overlook neighborhood of Westmoreland Hills, whose cul-de-sac home has a view not of their neighbors but of the scenic, heavily wooded Capital Crescent Trail.

Sunroom Addition for a Historic Carderock Springs Home

Posted in: Sun Room Maryland, Deck Permits, design aesthetic, design blog

Jodie Hinman

Friday, February 06, 2015


Sunroom Addition in a Historic Bethesda, Maryland Neighborhood

In the Carderock Springs neighborhood of Bethesda, Maryland is a home with a recently completed sun room expansion. While this may not seem extraordinary at first, consider how residential planner Edmund Bennett's execution of this 1960's-era community earned it an official spot  on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places.

Consequently, homeowners looking to modify their houses here are forced to abide by strict standards enforced by various covenants and an Architectural Review Committee (ARC). These regulatory bodies are legally required to maintain Carderock's architectural aesthetic, making contracting more of a challenge.

What is the cost of building a screen porch in Northern Virginia?

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch, Screen Porch Questions, Screen Porch in Maryland

Jodie Hinman

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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When you walk into the grocery store and find a bag of chips marked $2.99, you know you're going to be forking over more dough than that at the register. The same holds true for unique screened porches, though on a scale beyond the standard sales tax.

How to Rejuvenate a Swimming Pool and Outdoor Living Area in Bethesda

Posted in: Screen Porch in Maryland, design exercise, design blog

Jodie Hinman

Friday, January 16, 2015


        A crumbling pool deck made out of concrete; a decrepit swimming pool unused by her, her husband, or their grown family; a five-year-old screened porch too small to serve any function, tacked onto her house as more of an afterthought during an otherwise stellar kitchen renovation. One Bethesda homeowner decided her backyard was in need of a rejuvenation, and we were more than happy to help.

A Modern Outdoor Deck Design for a Darnestown, MD Home

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Deck Design, design aesthetic, deck builders, design aesthetic of a contractor

Jodie Hinman

Friday, December 19, 2014



The elements of a great decking design should compliment your surroundings and be inspired by what you already have

A Darnestown client was in need of a new deck. With her original 30-year-old installation falling apart, she explained her desire to have a fresh deck design that would compliment both her spacious lot as well as the large hardwood trees and native plants that surrounded it.

Her demands? For the space, which would be used mostly when her children and grandchildren visited, to be contemporary and functional. She said she had given up gardening years ago due to the pesky local deer population and that she and her husband did not spend a lot of time outdoors when the kids were not around, but that it still had to be aesthetically pleasing when viewed indoors.