How to Keep Bugs from Entering Your Outdoor Living Space

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James Moylan

Monday, October 18, 2021

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When it comes to outdoor living spaces, insects are a huge nuisance! It’s a particularly big problem in the Northern Virginia and Maryland regions. During certain parts of the year in these areas, mosquitoes and other bugs can make your deck or porch feel downright unusable. If you’re aiming for a bug-proof exterior living space, here are some best building practices to look for in your design and build firm.

3 Ways to Have a Smooth, On-Time Build in 2021 or 2022

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James Moylan

Monday, October 18, 2021

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The pandemic has significantly changed the design and build industry. Whether you’re looking to add an outdoor kitchen, a screen porch, a deck, or some other outdoor living space in 2021 or 2022, here are helpful tips to ensure you enjoy a seamless, on-schedule build.

What Does a Fortress Steel Deck Cost versus a Pressure-Treated Deck?

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James Moylan

Monday, May 10, 2021

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If you’re thinking about building a deck in your Virginia or Maryland home in 2021, you might have heard a thing or two about steel deck framing. Especially with the lumber shortage and price increase, people are actively looking for alternatives to building with wood. If you opt for a steel deck frame from a company like Fortress Building Products, what can you expect to pay versus a traditional pressure-treated system?

How Much Does a Screened-In Porch Cost in 2021?

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James Moylan

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

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Looking to add a screen porch to your Virginia or Maryland home? If you’re still in the early stages of this project, you probably have one big question on your mind: How much does a screen porch cost to build?

Will Contractor Pricing Go Back to Pre-COVID Rates?

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James Moylan

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

 

 

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If you’re currently researching a home improvement project for your Virginia or Maryland home, you’ve probably started to notice two things. One, demand is sky high, meaning contractors are booked out for months, and two, bids and quotes are a bit higher than you might expect. With all the changes that have happened in the design and build industry, it has many homeowners wondering: What’s going to happen to contractor pricing next?