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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

hardwood screened-in porch design in Maryland

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.

Is it a good idea to power wash your deck ?

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks in Virginia, Deck Tips, Deck Maintenance

James Moylan

Thursday, March 05, 2020

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Reason Why It's Not A good Idea To Use A Power Washer on a Wood Deck or Composite Deck Regularly

Are you overwhelmed by the dirty state of your deck? Has a mysterious ‘gunk’ on the deck’s surface started to ruin your outdoor space’s once beautiful appearance? You might be tempted to resolve the issue by taking a power washer to your deck and aggressively spraying it down, but power washers can actually do more harm than good for most deck materials.

What's the difference in cost between a screened porch and a Deck?

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Screen Porch, Screen Porch Questions, Deck Screens, Decks in Virginia, Deck Tips, Screen Porch in Maryland, porch topics, deck boards, decks in Washington, D.C., Screened Porch in Virginia

James Moylan

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

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How to budget for a screened porch addition and keep your costs down

Fact: Screened rooms cost roughly twice the amount of money to build than decks. If you're given a $30,000 estimate to construct a backyard deck in Maryland, you can safely double that to $60,000 for a realistic glimpse at what adding a screened-in porch would look like in the same area.

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

Chevy Chase 2 story Zuri glass railings

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.