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Low-Voltage Lighting in 2019: 6 Considerations for Outdoor Living Spaces

Posted in: outdoor living, outdoor living spaces, deck add-ons, porch add-ons, Trex Decking, Trex, Outdoor Lighting

James Moylan

Friday, March 01, 2019

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Once you have the bones of your outdoor living space, low-voltage lighting is one of the most elegant and visually stunning finishing touches you can add. While this option has been a popular choice among homeowners for quite a while now, here are the major considerations to keep in mind if you’re looking to create or to renovate an outdoor space in 2019.

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

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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 Value Does a Deck Add Value to Homes in Maryland and Virginia?

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks and Patios, Decks in Virginia, deck questions, outdoor living spaces, decks in Washington, D.C., rooftop decks

James Moylan

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

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A deck addition is an easy, non-intrusive, and valuable way to add additional living space to your home. In Montgomery County, Maryland and Fairfax County, Virginia homeowners can expect to use their deck for 9 months out of the year.  By using low maintenance decking and taking the appropriate precautions during winter months, home owners can expect 20-25 years out of the deck project.

7 Ways Radiant Heating Systems Make Winter Easy

Posted in: patio questions, outdoor living, outdoor living spaces, outdoor heaters, outdoor heating systems, decking questions, outdoor accessories, Porch and Deck Accessories, cooking outdoors, ProLine Radiant Heat, radiant heating systems

James Moylan

Monday, March 05, 2018

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As winter steadily carries on, more homeowners are asking the same question: How can I deal with accumulated snow in the easiest way possible? For many, the answer is radiant heat. But what is radiant heat, and what the distinct advantages of investing in this type of heating system?

What are the Costs of Using an Outdoor Fireplace in Maryland?

Posted in: Deck Design, patio design, fireplace, Contracting Questions, outdoor living, outdoor living spaces, deck add-ons, outdoor heaters, porch add-ons, Outdoor Fireplaces, outdoor accessories, EcoSmart Fireplaces, Porch and Deck Accessories, fire pit

James Moylan

Thursday, March 02, 2017

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Long-Term Costs of Operating an Outdoor Fire Feature in Bethesda, Maryland

Nothing provides quite the same blend of ambiance and function as an outdoor fire feature, but many people wonder about price. With so many fire features to choose from, which one is going to provide all the aesthetic beauty and functional warmth without breaking the bank?

This article compares three of the most common fire feature types: natural wood-burning fireplaces, biofuel fireplaces, and natural gas fires. For the sake of comparison, electric heaters are also included below. While not a traditional fire feature, they are a common alternative for those looking to heat their outdoor spaces.