Screened Porch Building Codes for Northern Virginia Residents

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Building regulations

James Moylan

Friday, February 26, 2021

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Important Screened-In Porch Building Codes for NOVA Homeowners

If you’ve ever contracted a screened room build, you may already be familiar with the International Residential Code (IRC). The IRC is a comprehensive guide to construction regulations for one- and two-family homes that are three stories or less in height. It is the authority on all things contracting.

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

Posted in: Building regulations, kitchen remodel, interior design, building permits, home remodeling tips, kitchen, kitchen remodeling, kitchen appliances

James Moylan

Friday, February 28, 2020

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Amidst the rush of picking out new tile and purchasing eco-friendly kit chen appliances, it’s often easy to forget one of the most important steps of remodeling a kitchen in Virginia or Maryland: obtaining permits.

Oftentimes, homeowners are surprised to learn that their full interior kitchen renovations require permitting, especially if they are doing something seemingly simple. However, the vast majority of kitchen renovations require not one, but three types of permits: building, electrical, and mechanical permits.

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

Posted in: Building regulations, home additons, building permits, home remodeling tips, Q&A

James Moylan

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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What to expect if you're hiring a home addition contractor in Bethesda, Maryland

If you’re thinking about building an addition to a house in Bethesda, Maryland, then you'll have some additional steps to integrate into your construction plans than your friends building a deck in Virginia or elsewhere in the DMV. These range from financial issues to geographic-specific considerations, none of which are insurmountable. However, keep them in mind before you undertake any room addition or home remodeling project with a licensed contractor.

When Do Virginia and Maryland Homeowners Need a Building Permit?

Posted in: Screen Porch Questions, Deck Permits, Deck Building Questions, Deck Contractor Permits, deck builders, Building regulations, Contracting Questions

James Moylan

Monday, June 01, 2015

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Before embarking on any kind of home improvement project, homeowners often ask us whether they will need to obtain a permit. The short answer? Most likely.

Most major projects - including low-maintenance decks, custom garages, screened-in porches, and home additions - require proper permitting. The specifics vary from county to county, but most jurisdictions will slam you with a big fine if you fail to obtain a proper permit, and may even force you to tear the structure down.

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

Posted in: Deck Building Tips, Building regulations, International Residential Code, IRC

James Moylan

Monday, February 02, 2015


Your Contractor, The International Residential Code (IRC), and You

The world around us is evolving, from the technology we use to the clothes we wear to the fads we follow. It makes sense, then, that the construction industry around us is changing as well. Ten years ago, the “correct” ways to build a house, deck, or screened-in porch were completely different from the approved methods of today.

So how does a contractor keep up-to-date with constantly changing building standards, rules, and techniques? To do so, a reputable and trustworthy contractor must be intimately familiar with every page in the latest edition of the IRC.