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Comparing older composite decking to the modern product

Working with Design Builders : the plan and permit process

Adding a Skylight to Your Screened-In Porch

Design Builders and the simplicity of the online construction estimate

A case study in Invisible Deck Rails: Bethesda and Chevy Chase

When Choosing A Screen Porch Contractor, what should you ask ?

Are you still paying by check ?  Welcome to the 21st century payment

Top 6 advantages of the online proposal review

The Design Builders online consultation : What happens when things return to normal ?

Rooftop Decks in Washington, D.C. A beginners guide

Should you hire an Architect to Design a Screened Porch

More than ever: advantages of the Design Builders online design consultation

What makes the ultimate outdoor kitchen ?

What is the the SCREENEZE screening system?

7 Deck Maintenance Tips for the Spring

7 safety features every outdoor kitchen should have

5 important Considerations for Building a Rooftop Deck

Is it a good idea to power wash your deck ?

Outdoor kitchens: 4 popular outdoor cabinet material options

What's the difference in cost between a screened porch and a Deck?

What Should Be Included in Your Contract for a Deck Project?

Do You Need a Building Permit to Remodel a Kitchen Design?

Why adding a Danver outdoor kitchen to your backyard is a great idea

Choosing the Right Decking Material for a Screened Porch

2020 outdoor living trends

Deck lighting.  Who cares ?   Well, you should.  here's why.

Steel Cable Deck Railings.  So..whats the deal ?

6 features to look for when buying outdoor kitchen cabinetry

Glass Railings for Decks : The pros and cons

Trex in the community: Charity Projects and Community Outreach

Product Comparison: Gable Roofs and Shed Roofs for Screened Porches

Popular Trex  Products in the DMV

Can I Apply a Water Repellant Seal for My Wood Deck in the Winter?

Can You Convert a Deck into a Screened Porch ?

Docks and marinas : areas of growth for Trex composite decking

Best Ways to Utilize Your Screen Room Year-Round in the DMV

What is new for Trex in 2020 ?

Best Screened Porch Screens and Deck Screening Materials for 2020

Trex composite products : composite railing vs. vinyl

Building a Deck or Screen Porch on an Existing Structure

Where and how does Trex do business ?

Enhance Your Backyard with an Outdoor Kitchen

What time of year can you build a rooftop deck in Washington, DC?

Yes, You Can Build Your Deck or screened porch in Winter. (Its A Good Idea)

What is the Process for Getting Materials up to a Rooftop Deck in 2020?

Rooftop Deck Design Study

Trex composite decking and the ideal customer

The Benefits of Adding Infrared Heaters to a Screened Porch in Washington DC, NOVA, and Maryland

The History of Trex composite decking

How to Stop Bugs from Coming Through Deck Floorboards in A Screen Porch

Best Screen Color, Styles, and Materials for Your Screen Porch

Composite Vs. Vinyl Decking : 5 Ways Vinyl Decking Can Let You Down

Fixed Screens Vs. Retractable Screens for a Screened Porch

All About The Archatrak Porcelain Paver Color Selection

Understanding the Deck Design Builders Design Process

How to Convert a Flagstone Patio into a Screened-In Porch

Impressive Installs: Archatrak Porcelain Pavers Best Of Across The U.S.

Screen Out the Bugs in the DMV With a Screen Porch

Advantages of Archatrak Porcelain Pavers in the DMV

Top 5 Decking options to Watch for in 2020

4 Tips for Hiring a Screen Room Contractor in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Lead Time:  Archatrak Porcelain Pavers Vs. The Competitors

2020 Outdoor Living Trends in Washington DC

6 Tips for Choosing a Remodeling Contractor

What Sets the Archatrak Porcelain Paver Pedestal System Apart ?

DMV Best Fire Pit Designs

Electric heaters or gas heaters: the cheaper use in outdoor living spaces?

The PierTech Footer System: Speed Of Construction

Who said Pressure Treated Decks Can't look Amazing?

Screen Porch Design and Construction Made Easy

The Archatrak Porcelain Paver Brand And Its Evolution

Decking Comparison: Trex Deck Boards Vs. Wood

Archatrak Porcelain Pavers: what's New In 2020 ?

Best of 2020 Kitchen Design: Cooking Outdoors in Howard County

Archatrak Porcelain Pavers: Who Is The Ideal Archatrak Customer ?

What Will 2020 Bring for Zuri Decking?

The Archatrak Porcelain Paver Brand

Why Choose an Outdoor Electric Heater Over a Gas Heater?

What are the Latest Trends in decking for 2020?

A Beginner's Guide to Infratech Infrared Heaters

The Pier Tech Footer System Versus Traditional Footer Systems

Why Infratech Heaters Were Made for Screen Porches in Washington DC

How Effective Is an Infratech Heater in Cold Weather?

How Much Heat Do Infratech Outdoor Heaters Produce?

A Beginner's Guide to Infratech Infrared Heaters

Why Infratech Heaters Were Made for Screen Porches in Washington DC (Clone)

Installing Infratech Outdoor Heaters in a Virginia Screened Porch

How Effective is an Infratech Heater in Cold Weather?

PierTech and Your Homes Sinking Foundation

Safety Concerns : The Pier Tech System versus Traditional Footing Systems

Pier Tech Footers versus Pressure - Treated Wood Footers

Benefits of the Pier Tech System over traditional foundation systems

Zuri Deck and Screen Room Design in Potomac, Maryland

How Much Does it Cost to Replace the Screens on a Screened Porch?

6 Best Methods for Heating Outdoor Spaces in 2019 and 2020

Outdoor Kitchen Design Trends for 2020

Stainless Outdoor Kitchen Design Study

Design Review: Porcelain Pavers Rooftop Tile Deck in Logan Circle

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

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

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

What are Your Options for Enclosing an Existing Outdoor Space?

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

Considerations for Deck and Screen Room Demolitions in Washington, DC

Design Review: Modern Kitchen Renovation with Screened-in Porch and Patio

5 Competitive Advantages of Heatstrip USA Infrared Heaters

6 Tips for Obtaining a Screened Porch Permit in Washington, DC

4 Tips for Creating a Pet-Friendly Outdoor Living Space

7 Considerations for Reaching Out to Contractors

Design and Control Options for Heatstrip USA Outdoor Heaters

5 Basic Deck Building Tips for 2019

5 Best Practices for Using Heatstrip USA Heaters

Origin of Heatstrip USA Electric Radiant Heaters

What Do Low-Maintenance Deck Boards Look Like After Three Years of Use?

How to Save Money on Your New Deck Design in 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Kamado Grills

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

6 Considerations for Building a Screened Porch in the Historic Georgetown District

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

Why Decks Add Value to Homes in Maryland and Virginia

The 7 Most Popular Deck Features of 2019

2019 Outdoor Living Space Trends Guaranteed to Surprise You

Best Practices for Planning for Recessed Lights in 2019

How to Properly Install and Use Outlets in a Screen Room in Washington, DC

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Screen Room in 2019

Top 5 Things to Consider When Adding Electric to a Screened Porch

Best Practices for Installing and Maintaining Archatrak Deck Tiles

Top 8 Benefits of High-Performance Archatrak Deck Tiles

Introduction to Archatrak Tile Pavers

How Long Does it Take to Get a Permit for a Rooftop Deck in Washington, DC?

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

3 Tips for Building a Rooftop Deck for a Historical Home in Washington, DC

Low-Maintenance Decking Profile: Fiberon Horizon

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

Considerations for Choosing the Right Low-Maintenance Decking Material

Understanding the Deck Construction Process

Understanding the Design Process with Design-Build Firms

Spotlight on a DC Screen Porch with Zuri Premium Decking

Installation Guide for Proline Radiant Heating Systems

The 5 Most Significant Decking Trends of 2019

What Are the Steps to Building a Danver Outdoor Kitchen in 2018?

Design Highlight: How to Capitalize on Big Spaces in 2018

7 Ways Radiant Heating Systems Make Winter Easy

3 New CoConstruct Features You Don’t Want to Miss

18 Features that Set the CoConstruct Software Apart

3 Ways CoConstruct Is Changing Contracting Jobs for Homeowners

Top 5 Features of CoConstruct and How They Make Your Life Easier

How Does CoConstruct Improve Contractor to Homeowner Communications?

What Is CoConstruct and How Does It Improve the Design-Build Process?

What Are Homeowners Saying About CoConstruct?

How to Prepare Outdoor Kitchens for Winter

4 Trending Items to Watch for Winter 2018

3 Reasons to Do a Home Improvement Project During the Winter

4 Ways Danver Cabinets Make Outdoor Kitchen Ideas More Functional

5 Things We Learned Cooking Outdoors in NW DC

Danver Outdoor Kitchens and Brown Jordan: The Partnership

What Types of Trex Deck Boards Does Trex Make?

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

4 Must-Haves for Every Outdoor Kitchen Design in Washington, D.C.

4 Ways Trex Composite Decking is Environmentally Friendly

Trex Website: Helpful Resources to Aid in Your Deck Planning Stage

Design Breakdown: Dissecting a Backyard Spectacle out of Clifton, Virginia

Effective Outdoor Kitchen Design Case Study

How to Install Motorized Retractable Screens

How to Prepare for a Flagstone Patio in 2017

2017 Guide to Building a Round Portico in the DMV

5 Factors Behind the Success of Trex Company

What Are the Components of a Cable Handrail System?

How did Mbrico Tile Decks Get Started?

How Trex Helps You Get the Most Out of Your Deck Experience

How to Properly Space Deck Boards When Building a Deck or Porch

Low-Voltage Lighting Packages: What's Best for Your Outdoor Space?

Differences Between Wood-Burning and EcoSmart Biofuel Fireplaces

What is the best decking material for a rooftop deck in Washington, D.C.?

6 Considerations for Building a Rooftop Deck

4 Things to Know for Building a Home Addition in Bethesda, Maryland

2017 Guide to Patio Materials: Concrete Pavers, Brick Pavers & Natural Stone

What Your Contractor May Not Know When Building a Screen Porch in Rockville

Types of General Decking Inlays

Top Considerations When Building Glass Roofs

How to Introduce Fire Features into Your Design

Driving Philosophies Behind Danver Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

Pros and Cons of Deck Benches in Virginia and Maryland

Top Five Checklist for Interior Remodeling & Home Additions

Four Benefits of EcoSmart Fire Portable Outdoor Fireplaces

Best Practices for Using Biofuel Fireplaces

3 Steps to a Quick, Hassle-Free EcoSmart Fire Fireplace Installation

How to Install an EcoSmart Fireplace

Best Practices for Using EcoSmart Fireplaces

Introducing EcoSmart Fire: Efficient Biofuel Outdoor Fireplaces

The Future of Danver Stainless Steel Cabinets: The Next Ten Years

Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens: As Seen Around the World

Danver Stainless Steel Cabinets: From Sheet Metal to High-End Outdoor Cabinetry

Where Are Danver Cabinets Used Outside of the Residential Market?

The Next Big Move for Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens

How to Install a Recessed Hot Tub in 8 Easy Steps

2017 Outdoor Cabinet Comparison: Plastic, Stone, and Steel

Building a Deck Over a Dry Space in Virginia

Considerations for Building Retaining Walls in Maryland & Virginia

How Designers, Dealers and Customers Influence Danver Products

An Insider's View of Top Trends & Designs in Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

Building a Deck in Washington, DC

Danver Kitchen's Greatest Accomplishments

5 Ways Danver Cabinets are the Best Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets in the DMV

Installing Infratech Outdoor Heaters in a Virginia Screened Porch

5 Requirements for Building a Deck in Loudoun County, Virginia

What is the Virginia building permit process like?

Top 3 Considerations for Building an Outdoor Wood-Burning Fireplace

What Kind of Warranty Does Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens Offer?

Are Danver Stainless Steel Outdoor Cabinets Environmentally Friendly?

New & Upcoming Technology in the Outdoor Kitchen Industry

Who Is the Ideal Danver Outdoor Kitchen Cabinet Customer?

Danver Outdoor Kitchens and Their Company Culture

New Trends in Outdoor Kitchen Ideas for 2017

How Do You Waterproof a Zuri Deck?

Can You Fit Danver Cabinets to an Existing Patio or Deck?

Is It Safe to Build an Elevated Wood-Burning Outdoor Fireplace?

How Hot Do Zuri Decking Boards Get In the Summer?

How Zuri Decking's Background Guarantees Its Success

Is Zuri Decking Slippery?

How Fade-Resistant is Zuri Decking?

Why Doesn't Zuri Decking's Wood Finish Cover the Entire Board?

How Is Zuri Decking Made?

Which Outdoor Heater Should I Use, and How Many?

What to Avoid Putting on Your Zuri Deck or Low-Maintenance Porch

What is Zuri decking?

Top 5 Tips For Buying Electric Heating Systems in Maryland and Virginia

Danver Cabinets Comparison: Stainless Steel Cabinets vs Powder Coated Cabinets

What Types of Door Styles Come With Stainless Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets?

Best Tips for Maintaining Stainless Steel Outdoor Cabinets in the Washington, DC Area

What Are the Best Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets in the DMV?

Where to Purchase Custom Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

What Are the Benefits of Outdoor Stainless Steel Kitchen Cabinets?

What are the Best Materials for Contemporary Decks in Washington, D.C.?

What Is the Average Price of a High-Quality Screen Porch in the Washington, DC, Region?

Are Outdoor Stainless Steel Cabinets a Good Long-Term Investment?

All You Need to Know About Danver Cabinets & Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens

Why Can Screened Porches Cost a Lot of Money?

How to Address the House Wall in a Screened Porch Design

What Are the Best Outdoor Cabinets for Your Deck?

Why Do Modern Decks Cost More Than Traditional Deck Designs?

The Best Deck Storage Solutions that Last Year-Round

Best Materials to Use for a Modern Deck in Maryland or Virginia

What is the Best Outdoor Furniture to Use for My Outdoor Living Space?

7 Features of a High-End Screened Porch in Maryland

6 Features of an Award-Winning Porch Design

What is the Best High-Quality Deck Material in Virginia and Maryland?

Top Tips for Designing an Upscale Outdoor Living Space

Why a Screened Porch is a Worthwhile Investment in Washington, DC

6 Characteristics of High Quality Decks in Maryland and Virginia

Vital Bathroom Remodeling Tips to Read Before You Hire a Contractor

Types of Foundations to Consider for Building Your Home Addition

Building Up Vs. Building out with Home Additions

What Exterior Siding is Most Suited for Your Home Addition?

How to Build a Four Season Outdoor Living Space in the DMV

Zoning Restrictions to Consider Before Building an Addition

How to Build an ADA-Compliant Bathroom

When Do Virginia and Maryland Homeowners Need a Building Permit?

6 Questions to Consider Before Building a Home Addition

7 Important Questions to Ask Home Addition Contractors in Maryland and Virginia

The Role of Experience in Screened Porch Contracting

7 New Features and Ideas for a Screened Porch in Maryland or Virginia

How do you Childproof a Screened-In Porch?

What is the best material to use for a patio in Maryland or Virginia?

Screened Porch Building Codes for Northern Virginia Residents

Why Low-Cost Contractors Cost More in the Long Run

What is a Construction Change Order?

Is it Worth Paying More for a Better Contractor in Washington, D.C.?

What Percentage Do Home Improvement Contractors Make on a Job?

What to Look for in an Estimate

What Should My Decking Contractor's Portfolio Look Like?

How Much Does It Cost to Install an Electrical Outlet in a Screen Room

How Much Does it Cost to Update a Screened Porch?

Top 4 Things to Consider for the Pitch of Your Screened Porch's Roof

Are Wood Railings or Vinyl Railings Better for a Screened-In Porch?

11 Advantages of Ground-Level Decks over Elevated Decks in Maryland

How to Professionally Screen a Screened-In Porch

What to Expect from Your Premium Decking Contractor

How Do You Frame a Cathedral Ceiling for a Screen Room Addition?

14 Vocabulary Terms Every Contractor Should Know About Gabled Roofs

Design Exercise: Covered Deck and Patio in Great Falls, Virginia

How to Choose a Zuri Decking Color for Your Screened Porch

Sunroom Addition for a Historic Carderock Springs Home

How Much Must I Pay my Contractor Before They Begin Building My Deck?

IRC Building Codes: Is Your Decking Contractor Up-to-Date?

Comparison: Natural Hardwood Decking Versus Zuri Decking

What is the Best Decking Material for a Deck with a Hot Tub in 2017?

What Is the Cost of Installing a TV in a Screened-In Porch?

How Much Does a Screen Porch Design Cost?

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Fireplace in a Screened-In Porch?

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

Wooden Decks vs. Synthetic Decks for a Screened-In Porch

What are the advantages and disadvantages of pressure-treated wood?

How to Create an Open Patio in Bethesda Without Bug Problems

Howard County Deck and Patio Design Exercise

What is the Return on Investment (ROI) on a screened-in porch project?

Can you use cleaning solutions on pressure treated decks?

How Much Does a Pressure-Treated Screened Porch Cost?

Is Your Decking Contractor's Insurance Policy Sufficient?

A Modern Outdoor Deck Design for a Darnestown, MD Home

7 Helpful Tips for Removing Snow and Ice From Your Deck

Who is Responsible For a Deck Permit: Homeowner or Contractor?

Should My Deck Contractor Have a Design Background?

6 Tips on How to Winterize Your Wood or Synthetic Deck

Why Synthetic Decking Materials Are A Great Long-Term Investment

Why Do Wood Decks Recoup the Most Resale Value for Your Home?

How to Interview a Deck Builder: Specific Process and Checklist

What Is ASA Decking Material and What Are Its Advantages?

10 Important Things to Know Before Hiring a Decking Contractor

What Are the Advantages of Capstock Decking Material?

8 Important Bathroom Remodeling Tips for Senior Citizens

When Building A Screen-Porch-Make Sure It's Designed Right For Parties

6 Creative Ideas to Enjoy Your Deck and Covered Porch All Year Long

Make Sure Your Decking Contractor Is Licensed in Virginia

Steps You Should Take Before Meeting with a Deck Contractor

Make Sure Your Decking Contractor Is Licensed in Maryland

Low-Maintenance Decks vs. Wood Decks-What's the Best Solution for You?

Important Homeowner Tips: Before You Hire a Screen Porch Contractor

A Screen Enclosure Can Enhance Your Home Year-round

Top 10 Deck Safety Concerns

Project Rewind: Screen Porch Potomac, Maryland

Does One Crew Work On More Than One Job At A Time?

How Does a Deck Affect the Resale Value of Your Home?

How Much Does a Screened-In Porch Cost?

7 Tips to Get the Best Return on Investment on a Screened-In Porch

Make Sure Your Deck Contractors Don't Work Strange Hours

5 Considerations for Building a Screened Porch on an Existing Deck

Why Deck Building Subcontractors Can Be a Valuable Asset

How Long Does It Take a Deck Contractor to Build a Screened Porch?

10 Things to Ask A Decking Contractor Before They Start Your Project

How Much Does Zuri Decking Cost?

Best Practices When Installing Zuri Decking

Zuri Decking: Unique to the Deck Market

Zuri Decking and the 25 Year Warranty: What You Need To Know

Zuri Decking: Synthetic Decking Material That Looks Just Like Hardwood

What to Expect from Zuri PVC Decking

3 Great Design Ideas for Zuri Decking

Best Decking Material for a Bethesda, Maryland Screened-In Porch

Five Main Advantages of Zuri Decking

Is Zuri Decking a Good Choice for the Mid-Atlantic Home Owner?

2014 Zuri Decking Product Review

What You Need to Know to Get a Good Deck Estimate Quickly

Why You Need a Permit Before You Build Your Deck

Tips to Find the Right Decking Contractor in Maryland or Virginia

How to Hire a Deck Contractor in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Transparent Porch Screen Fabrics: Block Out Bugs, Not Your View

What is The Best Screen Material for Your Screen Porch?

4 Ways to Keep Bugs out of Your Screened Porch in Maryland or Virginia

Maryland-Virginia Resident Tips to Alleviate Bug Problems in Your Yard

Five Screen Room Ideas for Waterfront Living

The Deck Building Process: Planning a Deck

Advantages of Online Deck Design

Online Design and Estimate Process

Deck Planning Part 5: Lights and Electricity

Deck Planning Part 4: Walkways and Furniture

Deck Planning Part 3: Deck and Patio Furniture

Deck Planning Part 2: Investment or Entertaining

Deck Planning Part 1: Plan for Sun and Bugs

Sun Room Design: Part 5 Furniture

Sun Room Design: Part 4 Lighting

Sun Room Design: Part 3 Flooring and Walls

Sun Room Conditioning Considerations: Part 2 HVAC

Planning Your Sun Room: Part 1 Location

Customize Your Deck: Cushions for Deck Benches

A Look at Capstock Decking

Custom Deck Railing Options in Maryland

Custom Deck Styles

Make Virtual Time for Your Contractor Meeting

The Best Ways to Get the Best ROI for Your Deck

Building a Deck Can Be Your Best Home Investment

Turning a Rental Into a Home

Montgomery County Building Permit Process

Winterize Your Deck

Winter Services for Interior Upgrades

Advantages to Built-In Deck Benches

Disadvantages to Built-In Deck Benches

Maryland Precipitation Calls for Covered Deck

Screen Porch in Bethesda Falls During Earthquake

Trex Transcends Decking: Build an Environmentally Friendly Deck

Build strong: Free standing decks

What is Flashing?