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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

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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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.

The Best Decking Material for a Rooftop Deck in Washington, DC

Posted in: Deck Design, roof building tips, deck questions

James Moylan

Thursday, July 23, 2020

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A rooftop deck is fundamentally different than a ground-level deck, and that extends to the materials you should use. Because of the extreme sun and weather exposure a rooftop deck in Washington, DC, has to endure, you and your design and build team will need to carefully think through exactly what you want to use in order to receive the best aesthetics, price point, and longevity.

Why Do Modern Decks Cost More Than Traditional Deck Designs?

Posted in: Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Estimate, Deck Products, Deck Tips, Deck Design

James Moylan

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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Why modern materials and contemporary designs cost more than traditional decks 

Designing outdoor spaces anywhere, let alone decks in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC., is a careful balancing act between achieving a homeowner's desired look, and their promised budget. When the term " modern" is brought into the equation, however, chances are a design concept will cost at least a little bit more than a traditional deck plan would. Its at this point that you'll have to decide is what makes the most financial sense: a fully modernized deck, a classic high-end deck, or something in-between. Design Builders can help explain.  

How to Save Money on Your New Deck Design in 2020

Posted in: Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Tips, Deck Design, deck builders, rooftop decks in Washington, DC, building a deck, building a rooftop deck, Deck tiles

James Moylan

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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Be Efficient and Economical When Building a New Deck Design

When you come down to it, decks serve to increase the amount of usable space around on your property. They are functional and accessible to all ages for entertaining, relaxing, cooking, and more. However, they can cost a lot in terms of the time and money required to invest in the design of a quality product, especially in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC area.  To ensure a solid economical plan heading into a project, Design Builders offers 5 top tips.

Best Practices to Keep Bugs out of Your Screened Porch in Maryland, Virginia, and DC.

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch, Bug Problems, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Deck Screens, Screen Porch Screens, Deck Tips, Deck Design, Screen Porch in Maryland, Screen-Porch Design Tips, deck builders, Deck Care

James Moylan

Monday, April 13, 2020

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Tips to Keep Bugs Out of Your Screened Porch

Ah, enjoying your backyard without having to shower in insect repellent.  What a concept.  It is possible to do this with the help of a well-built screened porch in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C. If you've bug-proofed your screen room but still find bugs in your porch, it’s likely a problem with construction. Design Builders breaks down the most common problem areas and how you can fix them.