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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?

5 Basic Deck Building Tips for 2019

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks in Virginia, Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Tips, deck questions, decking questions, deck contractors, decks in Washington, D.C., rooftop decks, Tile Decks, Zuri decks in Maryland, Zuri decks in Virginia

James Moylan

Saturday, April 20, 2019

zuri deck design with outdoor lighting during the day in potomac, maryland

Whether you're hiring a deck builder or planning to build a deck yourself this year, the same considerations should be taken into account during the planning phase of your new deck design project. By asking yourself the important questions and planning ahead, you earn yourself a better chance of building a structure you will use for years without regret in how you designed it.

What Is Egress, and Why Is It Important for Rooftop Decks in Washington, DC?

Posted in: deck questions, deck boards, Porch and Deck Accessories, rooftop decks, rooftop decks in Washington, DC, building a deck, building a rooftop deck, historic deck building

James Moylan

Monday, March 18, 2019

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The Role of Egress in Building Rooftop Decks in Washington, DC

Rooftop decks are becoming increasingly popular in the Washington, DC, area, and if you’ve started to look into adding one to your property, you might have come across the term “egress” during your initial research. What exactly does this concept mean, though, and how could it impact your potential new home improvement project?

Top 8 Benefits of High-Performance Archatrak Deck Tiles

Posted in: deck questions, outdoor living, outdoor living spaces, low-maintenance decking, deck topics, porch topics, deck materials, decking questions, rooftop decks, rooftop decks in Washington, DC, building a deck, building a rooftop deck, Archatrak, porcelain, deck pavers, porcelain pavers

James Moylan

Monday, December 17, 2018

architrex porcelain tile deck with outdoor kitchen in hoboken, new jersey 

What Are the Benefits of Archatrak Porcelain Pavers for Rooftop Decks and Outdoor Living Spaces?

Undertaking any home improvement project can be stressful. With so many factors to consider—from price to maintenance to appearance—picking a material for any home project is enough to make your head spin! If you’re currently looking for a material to surface your deck, patio, or terrace, you’re probably very familiar with this problem. As you work through your research process, though, just make sure you know all your available choices; that is, don’t fall into the trap of believing your only options are wood, stone, or concrete pavers. While you might not have immediately thought of porcelain pavers for your upcoming project, consider these top eight reasons Archatrak deserves to be at the top of your list.

How Much Does it Cost to Close a Road While Building a Rooftop Deck in Washington, DC

Posted in: deck questions, Hire a Contractor, rooftop decks in Washington, DC, building a deck, building a rooftop deck

James Moylan

Monday, December 03, 2018

rooftop deck in Baltimore, MD

Road Closure during a Washington, DC, Rooftop Deck Project: Process and Project Cost

Adding a rooftop deck to any Washington, DC house can be a great way to create a unique, relaxing space in your home, but the best way to ensure a smooth home construction project is for homeowners to go in with realistic expectations. Given that, it’s important to know that a build of this kind can be disruptive. You’ll almost certainly have to navigate a road closure to accommodate the building equipment, and this process can be involved and costly. So, what exactly can you expect to pay, and what specifically does this process entail?