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Invisible Deck Rails for a Bethesda Overlook Home

Posted in: deck builders, design exercise, design blog

Jodie Hinman

Friday, February 27, 2015


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Invisible Railings for a Bethesda Deck Design

When you live in an area as developed as Bethesda, owning the newest house in the neighborhood can still mean you're the owner of a 40-year-old house. Such is this case with a family of four in the Overlook neighborhood of Westmoreland Hills, whose cul-de-sac home has a view not of their neighbors but of the scenic, heavily wooded Capital Crescent Trail.

Design Exercise: Covered Deck and Patio in Great Falls, Virginia

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Decks and Patios, Deck Screens, Deck Design, design aesthetic, patio design, design exercise, design blog

James Moylan

Friday, February 13, 2015

Outdoor living space in Great Falls, VA

The Scenario

Bill and Eileen are two of many Virginians who call Great Falls their home. They purchased their 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom house in 2002 and have since grown to a family of five with three young daughters. With the amount of room the property has, the couple will be living there for the foreseeable future and has already completed several renovations to its interior.

With a reinvigorated kitchen, a basement-turned-bar and game room, and an expanded master bedroom, the couple's attention has turned to their deteriorating 25-year-old deck that is showing signs of its age. As Bill and Eileen come from large families, they are looking for an outdoor makeover to support the scale of holiday gatherings they are accustomed to as well as birthday parties, play dates, and other events year-round. With their current set-up not meeting these needs, it's time to makeover their outdoor living space.

Sunroom Addition for a Historic Carderock Springs Home

Posted in: Sun Room Maryland, Deck Permits, design aesthetic, design blog

Jodie Hinman

Friday, February 06, 2015


Sunroom Addition in a Historic Bethesda, Maryland Neighborhood

In the Carderock Springs neighborhood of Bethesda, Maryland is a home with a recently completed sun room expansion. While this may not seem extraordinary at first, consider how residential planner Edmund Bennett's execution of this 1960's-era community earned it an official spot  on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places.

Consequently, homeowners looking to modify their houses here are forced to abide by strict standards enforced by various covenants and an Architectural Review Committee (ARC). These regulatory bodies are legally required to maintain Carderock's architectural aesthetic, making contracting more of a challenge.

How to Rejuvenate a Swimming Pool and Outdoor Living Area in Bethesda

Posted in: Screen Porch in Maryland, design exercise, design blog

Jodie Hinman

Friday, January 16, 2015


        A crumbling pool deck made out of concrete; a decrepit swimming pool unused by her, her husband, or their grown family; a five-year-old screened porch too small to serve any function, tacked onto her house as more of an afterthought during an otherwise stellar kitchen renovation. One Bethesda homeowner decided her backyard was in need of a rejuvenation, and we were more than happy to help.

How to Create an Open Patio in Bethesda Without Bug Problems

Posted in: Decks and Patios, Screen-Porch Design Tips, patio design, retractable screen porch, design exercise, design blog

James Moylan

Wednesday, January 07, 2015


How to design a pleasant open patio in a mosquito-plagued neighborhood

Ali wanted a unique outdoor living space for the Bethesda home he had just purchased with his wife. Devoid of features other than a small grill and a retaining wall, his modest yard was to be remodeled based on his love for cooking and entertaining his family and friends.