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.

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

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

James Moylan

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.