Search Our Blog:

Design Builders Blog

Considerations for Choosing the Right Low-Maintenance Decking Material

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks in Virginia, Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Zuri Deck, Deck Products, Deck Tips, Deck Design, Deck Maintenance, deck builders, deck add-ons, deck topics, porch topics, deck boards, decking questions, deck contractors, Zuri decking questions, Trex Decking, Porch and Deck Accessories, rooftop decks, green decking, Tile Decks, Zuri decks in Maryland, Zuri decks in Virginia, AZEK

James Moylan

Monday, July 23, 2018

azek-decking-contractor-screen-room-interior-maryland-virginia-1

Choosing the Right Materials for Your Deck Design in Maryland, Virginia or DC

Planning on building a new deck in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC? The biggest factor influencing a deck's longevity, apart from the design itself, is the decking material used in its construction. What the material is and how its maintained, whether its stained hardwood decking or low-maintenance deck boards, determines the difference between a deck that lasts decades and one that shows its age after only a few years.

Installation Guide for Proline Radiant Heating Systems

Posted in: deck add-ons, electric heaters, outdoor heating systems, porch add-ons, outdoor accessories, Porch and Deck Accessories, ProLine Radiant Heat, radiant heating systems

James Moylan

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

IMG_4197-316107-edited

If you live in an area that experiences somewhat to extremely harsh winters, you know how dangerous and inconvenient snow and ice can be. When it builds up on your walkways, it’s everything from a nuisance to a safety hazard, which is why so many people are opting to install ProLine radiant heating systems into their patios. What exactly is this system, though, and what are the steps to getting one in your patio?

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

burning stone fireplace in a screened porch backyard clifton virginia

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.

Best 2017 Fire Pit Designs

Posted in: fireplace, deck add-ons, outdoor heaters, porch add-ons, Outdoor Fireplaces, outdoor accessories, EcoSmart Fireplaces, Porch and Deck Accessories, fire pit

James Moylan

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

EcoSmart backyard fire pit installation

6 Considerations for Building a Fire Pit in 2017

One of the most common add-ons for decks and patios is a fire pit. Whether it’s for the ambiance, the look, the functionality, or some combination thereof, backyard fire pits are extremely popular outdoor living space accessories in Maryland, Virginia, and the District. While there's no universal standard to what makes the most effective fire pit design, there are some guidelines you can discuss with your local deck contractor about pitfalls to avoid and possible issues to consider.

What Are the Components of a Cable Handrail System?

Posted in: Deck Tips, deck add-ons, porch add-ons, outdoor accessories, cable handrails, Porch and Deck Accessories

James Moylan

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

 

vistage-3.jpg

Handrails are an integral part of any decking structure, but they can sometimes be somewhat overlooked. While people tend to focus on the actual decking boards, the handrail system should be given equal consideration since it equally affects the functionality and looks of your finished deck project. With that in mind, the following are the essential components of one common handrail system: the cable handrail.