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Understanding the Design Process with Design-Build Firms

Posted in: Deck Design, hire a decking contractor, design aesthetic of a contractor, patio design, Contracting Questions, interior design, deck contractors, kitchen design, Hire a Contractor

James Moylan

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

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Great news! You've decided to build a beautiful new deck in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC and are looking at hiring a contractor. As you are determining which contractors are reliable and are collecting bids, you will begin to notice differences in the design and estimation process between deck builders.

These differences are telling of what working with a screened porch builder will be like. How long does it take to get a home estimate, and is it fully detailed? Are you being walked through the process? Are they asking the right questions? Ultimately, a contractor like Design Builders' first objective is to help you visualize your final project, be it a screened porch, outdoor kitchen, home addition, or interior renovation.

Top Considerations When Building Glass Roofs

Posted in: home additons, interior design, interior remodeling, glass roofs

James Moylan

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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Considerations When Building Glass Roofs

Building a glass roof on your outdoor structure can be a beautiful stylistic touch, but there are some considerations to keep in mind before plunging into this architectural choice. From budget to logistics, you’ll need to decide if this is truly the best option for you.

How to Introduce Fire Features into Your Design

Posted in: fireplace, interior design, outdoor living, Outdoor Fireplaces, EcoSmart Fireplaces, interior remodeling

James Moylan

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Fire Features: What to Consider before Deciding on a Final Design

When trying to introduce a fire feature into an outdoor living space, a number of issues need to be considered to ensure the end result is exactly what you’re looking for. From personal lifestyle preferences to the intended functionality of the fire feature, think through the following factors before you come to any final decision.

Top Five Checklist for Interior Remodeling & Home Additions

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Sun Room Maryland, home additons, interior design, interior remodeling

James Moylan

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

stone fireplace living room and dining interior remodeling project in Bethesda, Maryland

Remodeling is an involved process that requires ample forethought and planning for success. Especially if you’ve never undertaken a remodeling project before, it’s important to go in with a clear, step-by-step plan of attack. The following are five steps any homeowner contemplating a remodel should take to help ensure a more successful, seamless update.

6 Features of an Award-Winning Porch Design

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Screen Porch Screens, Screen Porch in Maryland, Screen-Porch Design Tips, retractable screen porch, interior design

James Moylan

Friday, July 17, 2015

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Characteristics of a high-quality porch in the Washington, D.C. metro area

Porches may come in all shapes and sizes, but they also provide homeowners limitless opportunities for customizing and accessorizing their luxurious outdoor living spaces. It can subsequently be difficult for first-time porch builders and overwhelming for casual deck enthusiasts to keep track of which add-ons are classy and which ones are gaudy fads. Fortunately, these six features will never go out of style and can be found on award-winning, luxurious screened porch designs throughout the DMV.