Understanding the Design Process with Design-Build Firms

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James Moylan

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

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Great news! You've decided to build a beautiful new deck in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC and are looking at hiring a contractor. As you are determining which contractors are reliable and are collecting bids, you will begin to notice differences in the design and estimation process between deck builders.

These differences are telling of what working with a screened porch builder will be like. How long does it take to get a home estimate, and is it fully detailed? Are you being walked through the process? Are they asking the right questions? Ultimately, a contractor like Design Builders' first objective is to help you visualize your final project, be it a screened porch, outdoor kitchen, home addition, or interior renovation.

A Modern Outdoor Deck Design for a Darnestown, MD Home

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James Moylan

Friday, December 19, 2014



The elements of a great decking design should compliment your surroundings and be inspired by what you already have

A Darnestown client was in need of a new deck. With her original 30-year-old installation falling apart, she explained her desire to have a fresh deck design that would compliment both her spacious lot as well as the large hardwood trees and native plants that surrounded it.

Her demands? For the space, which would be used mostly when her children and grandchildren visited, to be contemporary and functional. She said she had given up gardening years ago due to the pesky local deer population and that she and her husband did not spend a lot of time outdoors when the kids were not around, but that it still had to be aesthetically pleasing when viewed indoors.

Should My Deck Contractor Have a Design Background?

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks in Virginia, Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, hire a decking contractor, design aesthetic, deck builders, design aesthetic of a contractor

James Moylan

Monday, December 08, 2014

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Why it is important to hire a decking contractor with strong design capabilities

You know you want a deck. You’ve been dreaming of one for years now. Having barbecues with friends and family members. Inviting people over for the big game or to watch fireworks on the 4th.

And while you have a vague picture of what you want, you still expect the deck contractor you hire to come with suggestions and design ideas of their own. If there is something specific you want that cannot be fulfilled for example, you want someone who can offer a viable alternative. In short, you don’t just want someone to help you build your deck; you want a partner to help you design it.