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How to Install a Recessed Hot Tub in 8 Easy Steps

Posted in: Decks and Patios, patio design, hot tubs, how to build a patio, patio tips, deck add-ons, porch add-ons

James Moylan

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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One element that’s becoming increasingly popular in outdoor living spaces is the hot tub. Especially in areas that experience cold winters, this can be an excellent addition to any outdoor area. It is, however, a very involved process and one you’ll need to carefully discuss and coordinate with your design build team. These are your top 8 steps and considerations for installing a hot tub in Virginia or Maryland.

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.

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. 

7 Deck Maintenance Tips for the Spring

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Screen Porch, Decks and Patios, Sun Room Maryland, Screen Porch Tips, Deck Screens, Screen Porch Screens, Decks in Virginia, Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Estimate, Deck Products, Deck Tips, Deck Design, Screen Porch in Maryland, Deck Contractor Permits, Screen-Porch Design Tips, Deck Maintenance, design exercise, design blog, Screened Porch, round deck, rooftop deck design

James Moylan

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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How to get your deck ready for spring after a harsh winter

Deck owners rejoice! After a long Maryland winter full of ice, snow, cold, and freezing rain, decks everywhere are primed to be reclaimed from mother nature. While there was little that could be done to help our outdoor living spaces in recent months, rising temperatures and increasingly-present sunshine are ready to join your quest to reverse the havoc caused by foregone seasonal elements.

What Should Be Included in Your Contract for a Deck Project?

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks and Patios, Decks in Virginia, Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, Deck Estimate, Deck Tips

James Moylan

Monday, March 02, 2020

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So, you’ve already found a decking contractor you trust, checked their license, reviewed references, seen their quality work firsthand, and are ready to sign on the dotted line.

Before you actually sign that contract, you should take the time to review it and make sure it contains some basic information. It pays to take the time to read it thoroughly, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. If your contractor is reluctant to answer, this is a red flag. After all, they should be able to explain what you’re signing in a way that you can understand and feel comfortable with.