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How to Interview a Deck Builder: Specific Process and Checklist

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks in Virginia, Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Estimate, Zuri Deck, Deck Tips, Deck Contractors License, Deck Contractor Permits, Deck Contractors Insured

James Moylan

Friday, August 21, 2020

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Questions to Ask Your Deck Builder Before Hiring Them

When you are interviewing possible candidates to build your deck, it’s important to get logistical questions out of the way – such as ensuring they are insured – but you also want to get a sense of what it will be like to work with them.

Depending on the complexity of your deck project, you may be working with this firm and their crew for weeks. Since it’s an outdoor project, decks usually require fewer interruptions to your normal daily life, but it can still be a major hassle to not have complete access to your outdoor space.

Why You Need a Permit Before You Build Your Deck

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks and Patios, Decks in Virginia, Deck Contratcors, Deck Permits

James Moylan

Thursday, July 09, 2020

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Why Having a Permit is so Important When Building a Deck

We get this at least once a week.  "I spoke to a contractor who can start in 2 weeks and says I don't need a permit."

So why do you need a permit ?

In a nutshell: it’s the law.

All deck projects must be reviewed by your local jurisdiction to ensure they comply with the current International Residential Code (IRC). The IRC sets out minimum regulations for construction projects related to residences, including provisions for building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, energy, and electrical. The goal is to ensure that all construction is safe, built correctly, and up to the current building standards.

Advantages of Ground-Level Decks over Elevated Decks

Posted in: Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, deck builders

James Moylan

Saturday, April 18, 2020

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If you were to take a quick tour of backyards in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC, you would see decks of all materials, styles, and shapes, from elevated cedar to vinyl hot tub decks.

However, one type of deck would appear more frequently today than in previous years: the ground-level deck. This type of deck design is gaining popularity among builders and homeowners alike due to its dramatic appearance and design. Read on for 11 of our top advantages of choosing a ground-level deck for your home.

Thinking of Building a Screened Porch on an Existing Deck ?

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Decks in Maryland, Screen Porch, Decks and Patios, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Decks in Virginia, Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, Deck Tips, Deck Design, Screen Porch in Maryland

James Moylan

Monday, April 06, 2020

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So you have decided it's time to do something with your existing deck.  The old one is just getting too old, and you want to upgrade. Weather in Maryland, Virginia, and Dc can do that. You want to build a new screened porch,  but are having reservations about paying for a completely new screened room. Many turn to the idea of trying to put a new structure on the existing deck. While that can be an option, it's often not that simple or easy. 

Every remodel has pros and cons, and this idea is no different.  Design Builders breaks down putting a new screened porch on an existing deck. 

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

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Deck Screens, Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Products, Deck Tips, Screen Porch in Maryland

James Moylan

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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Before You Hire a Screened-Porch Contractor, Make Sure They Thoroughly Answer These Questions

Deck building is at its most complicated when you want to add a screened porch that requires walls and a roof. In some states and counties you even need different permits, and contractors are required to have a special designation on their license to build anything with a roof.