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Best Practices for Planning for Recessed Lights in 2021

Posted in: design aesthetic, design blog, outdoor accessories, Porch and Deck Accessories, Outdoor Lighting, Electrical

James Moylan

Thursday, September 10, 2020



How to Plan for Recessed Lights in a Custom Screened Porch Design in 2021 

Recessed lights can offer a streamlined, clean, modern look, so it’s little surprise they’re becoming increasingly popular not only in interior spaces but in outdoor living areas as well. If you’re considering recessed lighting for your screened-in porch, here are six factors to keep in mind before you take the plunge.

Working with Design Builders : the plan and permit process

Posted in: design blog

James Moylan

Thursday, April 02, 2020

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When you’re excited to start a new home construction project, one question is always top of mind: When can we get started? There isn’t one definitive answer, though, so we thought we’d put together this brief explanation of the plan and permit process to give everyone a better idea of what happens, when it happens, and what aspects of it are in our control.

Design Builders and the simplicity of the online construction estimate

Posted in: design blog

James Moylan

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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If you’ve ever taken on a home construction project, you’ve probably heard the mantra that it’s always going to take longer and cost more than you anticipated. As a design and build firm, we work hard to ensure that is not your experience. A big part of the way we do that is through online construction estimates.

A case study in Invisible Deck Rails: Bethesda and Chevy Chase

Posted in: deck builders, design exercise, design blog

James Moylan

Thursday, March 26, 2020



Invisible Railings are becoming a wonderful option to traditional railing systems.

When you live in developed areas such as Bethesda and Chevy Chase, owning the newest house in the neighborhood can still mean owning a 40-year-old house. Such was the case with 2 homes Design Builders renovated.  One in the Overlook neighborhood of Bethesda, and another in Chevy Chase.

Are you still paying by check ?  Welcome to the 21st century payment

Posted in: design blog

James Moylan

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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Design Builders knows you are busy. Between work and the house and the kids, it can be hard to find time to get everything done. The last thing you need is the logistics of your home construction project slowing you down. When it comes to the issue of paying your builder, though, many people still run into this problem. Basically, still being asked to pay by check.  Design Builders has embraced 21st century technology in all facets of its process.  This process helps ensure we never needlessly take up our customers’ time.