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

Posted in: Contracting Questions, CoConstruct

James Moylan

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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One of the greatest pain points of starting a home remodeling project is selecting a dependable contractor. Deck builders and interior renovators can be notoriously difficult to work with, and choosing a reputable and reliable business with confidence can be a major challenge for homeowners.

CoConstruct helps by guaranteeing that contractors can be held accountable to themselves and their customers by consolidating everything from construction schedules and materials selections to permits and contracts all in one place that's always available to clients.

What Are Homeowners Saying About CoConstruct?

Posted in: Contracting Questions, CoConstruct, Hire a Contractor

James Moylan

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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How CoConstruct Makes Working with Design Builders Fast, Fun and Efficient

If you’re about to start a home improvement or remodeling project, consider working with a licensed contractor that uses CoConstruct. CoConstruct is a project management software that provides a number of benefits to clients and contractor alike by facilitating an effective construction process. Design Builders has achieved great success utilizing the software to improve its customer experience, so what exactly are its users saying?

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.

2017 Outdoor Cabinet Comparison: Plastic, Stone, and Steel

Posted in: Contracting Questions, kitchen remodel, kitchen, kitchen remodeling, outdoor living, outdoor kitchens, Danver cabinets, outdoor kitchen cabinets, Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens, Danver cabinets in Maryland, Danver cabinets in Virginia, Brown Jordan Outdoor Cabinets, outdoor accessories

James Moylan

Monday, May 02, 2016


If you’re building an outdoor kitchen, you’ve probably already started investigating your options for outdoor cabinetry. In this industry, however, there are a staggering number of options, and that can quickly become overwhelming. To help you choose between plastic, stone, and steel (the most common outdoor kitchen materials), the following is an overview of some of the main differences, drawbacks, and benefits of each material type. From there, it’s just a matter of deciding what fits your personal preferences, budget, and environment.

What is the Virginia building permit process like?

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Decks in Virginia, deck builders, Contracting Questions, Zoning Questions

James Moylan

Friday, February 12, 2016



What to expect while your contractor is obtaining a Virginia building permit

Starting the process of selecting a contractor can feel overwhelming for a number of reasons. One, there are so many options within the Virginia region. Narrowing it down to the right contractor for you and your project can feel a bit like finding a needle in a haystack! And two, it’s an important decision. A lot of thought and care should go into selecting a reputable, knowledgeable, and honest contractor. Part of determining that is ensuring your contractor complies with all the steps associated with the Virginia building permit process. Before agreeing to work with anyone, make sure your contractor not only knows these rules but follows them to the letter.