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How Much Value Does a Deck Add Value to Homes in Maryland and Virginia?

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks and Patios, Decks in Virginia, deck questions, outdoor living spaces, decks in Washington, D.C., rooftop decks

James Moylan

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

fiberon deck in virginia with black deckorators balusters, iron patio furniture and a stainless steel grill

A deck addition is an easy, non-intrusive, and valuable way to add additional living space to your home. In Montgomery County, Maryland and Fairfax County, Virginia homeowners can expect to use their deck for 9 months out of the year.  By using low maintenance decking and taking the appropriate precautions during winter months, home owners can expect 20-25 years out of the deck project.

How to Properly Space Deck Boards When Building a Deck or Porch

Posted in: Deck Tips, Deck Design, deck builders, deck questions, deck topics, deck boards

James Moylan

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Archatrak paver spacing in Washington, DC

How to Properly Space Deck Boards When Building a Deck or Porch

When you’re looking to build a new deck or porch, there are many factors that can alter how you go about actually constructing it. One area where this holds true is with deck board spacing. Depending on the type of wood or decking board you’re actually working with, it can change those spacing recommendations. Therefore, before you jump into construction, make sure you’ve thoroughly researched this spacing issue.

What is the best decking material for a rooftop deck in Washington, D.C.?

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

James Moylan

Tuesday, November 08, 2016


Rooftop deck with outdoor kitchen. Image used with permission from Danver Outdoor Kitchens

Best Deck Materials to Use for a Rooftop Deck or Rooftop Deck Replacement

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

Building a Deck in Washington, DC

Posted in: deck questions, decks in Washington, D.C.

James Moylan

Friday, March 11, 2016


Whenever you’re looking to undertake a construction project, it inevitably involves a lot of paperwork, permitting, and logistical back-and-forth. If you’re currently looking into building a deck in the Washington, DC, region, there are certainly these issues to contend with. However, familiarizing yourself with what you might face beforehand can help that process go smoother. With that in mind, consider the following tips, tricks, and pitfalls of building a deck in Washington, DC.

Can You Fit Danver Cabinets to an Existing Patio or Deck?

Posted in: patio questions, deck questions, outdoor living spaces, Danver cabinets, Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens, Danver cabinets in Maryland, Danver cabinets in Virginia

James Moylan

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

champagne bead board stainless steel outdoor cabinet by Danver Cabinets

Outdoor living spaces, be they decks in Maryland or screened porches in Virginia, can oftentimes be a challenge to upgrade once they're built. That's because there are simply more roadblocks and issues to overcome in terms of what can be installed and where with an existing structure in place. This is true for outdoor ceiling fans, outdoor televisions, outdoor patio heaters, and even outdoor furniture, but especially for bulkier items like powder coated stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinets.

Upgrading porches and elevated decks with a backyard kitchen with outdoor kitchen appliances can come with their own sets of challenges. It's important to recognize what those are before seriously considering high quality outdoor cabinets for your home renovation.