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The Benefits of Adding Infrared Heaters to a Screened Porch in Washington DC, NOVA, and Maryland

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch in Maryland, design blog, infrared heaters, Infratech outdoor heaters, electric heaters, outdoor heaters, Infratech infrared heaters, porch topics, screen porch products, Screened Porch in Virginia, Screen Room, screened porch in Washington, DC, Screened Porch, Screened-in Porch, Three-season rooms, screen room addition, screen room ideas, screen porch design

James Moylan

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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When the weather turns cold and icy gusts of wind howl in the backyard, many screened-in porches fall to neglect. It’s understandable — screened porches may shield inhabitants from bright sun, cool rain, and pesky insects, but they provide little protection from chilly air and cold wind. This can come as a disappointment to homeowners who had been hoping to use their screened porch during parties and get-togethers over the holidays or football season.

Who said Pressure Treated Decks Can't look Amazing?

Posted in: Deck Design, design blog

James Moylan

Monday, December 23, 2019

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There are a lot of options when thinking about what to use for your deck project.  Composite decking PVC decking, and Hardwood decking are always potential considerations.  However, have you thought about using Pressure Treated Decking for your project?  Pressure Treated Decking has a ton of advantages and can save you some serious $$$ on larger projects.  Pressure Treated Decking gives you the freedom to build just about anything that you can imagine.....


When a local homeowner approached Design Builders, Inc. to create a shaded space for her backyard, she hoped to begin by restoring her existing cedar deck. However, when it was deemed beyond repair, a full-scale deck replacement was in order. This is an in-depth look at how this contemporary Maryland deck design came to be.

Zuri Deck and Screen Room Design in Potomac, Maryland

Posted in: Screen Porch, Deck Screens, Zuri Deck, Deck Design, Screen Porch in Maryland, design exercise, design blog, zuri decking, porch add-ons, Premium Zuri decking, Porch and Deck Accessories, SCREENEZE, SCREENEZE screening system, Zuri decks in Maryland

James Moylan

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

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If you’re considering adding a Zuri deck to your home in 2020, you have a lot of options to consider. From the actual Zuri material to the layout and logistics of your deck, how you want to revamp your outdoor space in 2020 includes a laundry list of variables. To help inspire you and possibly generate some ideas you want to incorporate into your project, take a look at this new Zuri deck construction job in Potomac, Maryland.

Best Practices for Planning for Recessed Lights in 2019

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

James Moylan

Monday, February 04, 2019



How to Plan for Recessed Lights in a Custom Screened Porch Design in 2019 in Maryland and Virginia

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.

Design Breakdown: Dissecting a Backyard Spectacle out of Clifton, Virginia

Posted in: Deck Design, design exercise, design blog

James Moylan

Friday, February 03, 2017


Witnessing the Future of Deck Building in Our Own Backyard

If you didn't already know - and if you didn't, you need to get into the Houzz more - outdoor living spaces are a burgeoning frontier for luxuries and amenities historically reserved for indoor spaces and upscale home remodels. Neighborhoods large and small in Virginia and neighboring Maryland and Northwest Washington, D.C. have become a hotbed for design innovation, luxury, and upscale entertaining.

This is an in-depth look at one such design out of our own backyard, erected in Clifton, Virginia and completed in 2016. It was developed closely with the homeowners, who were unsatisfied with the ailing state of their existing deck and patio. The ultimate project consisted of several parts: a chic round portico, an illuminating Trex lighting network, and even a technology-laden pavilion complete with motorized retractable porch screens. Let's dive in!