4 Outdoor Design Trends Northern Virginia Homes Are Embracing in 2021

Posted in: home remodeling tips

James Moylan

Tuesday, September 21, 2021


As the pandemic lingers and many transition from temporary remote work to permanent, people are continuing to spend a significant amount of time at home. As they look around and contemplate ways to upgrade and to improve their surroundings, here are the top four design trends that are emerging.

Types of Foundations to Consider for Building Your Home Addition

Posted in: Contracting Questions, home additons, home remodeling tips

James Moylan

Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Foundations to Consider for Building Home Additions

In a previous post, we dug into an age-old question: is it more expensive to build up or out when adding onto your home? We discussed that, while it varies case by case, building out can be more expensive because it requires the construction of an additional foundation for your home.

The vast majority of horizontal additions will require some type of quality foundation. This will not only carry the weight of your innovative home design, but it will also keep out moisture, provide weather-resistent insulation, and resist the movement of the surrounding soil. A proper foundation must be carefully planned and constructed to guarantee it is structurally sound, long-lasting, and up to current codes.

Do You Need a Building Permit to Remodel a Kitchen Design?

Posted in: Building regulations, kitchen remodel, interior design, building permits, home remodeling tips, kitchen, kitchen remodeling, kitchen appliances

James Moylan

Friday, February 28, 2020

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Amidst the rush of picking out new tile and purchasing eco-friendly kit chen appliances, it’s often easy to forget one of the most important steps of remodeling a kitchen in Virginia or Maryland: obtaining permits.

Oftentimes, homeowners are surprised to learn that their full interior kitchen renovations require permitting, especially if they are doing something seemingly simple. However, the vast majority of kitchen renovations require not one, but three types of permits: building, electrical, and mechanical permits.

Best Screen Color, Styles, and Materials for Your Screen Porch

Posted in: Screen Porch, Deck Screens, home remodeling tips, porch topics, screen porch products, decking questions, Porch and Deck Care, Screened Porch in Virginia, home improvement, building a deck, screened porch in Washington, DC, Screened Porch, Screened-in Porch, Three-season rooms, custom deck, screen room addition, screen room ideas, screen room design, screen porch design

James Moylan

Friday, January 17, 2020

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When building a screen porch for your home, you have a number of different decisions to make, including the screen color, style, and material. The primary reason that people want to build a screen porch is for protection against bugs, but you may also have aesthetic concerns that need to be met.

Considerations When Matching an Existing Home’s Aesthetic with a New Outdoor Living Space

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James Moylan

Monday, August 12, 2019

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Factors to Account for When Matching a New Outdoor Living Space to an Existing Home

One of the hardest parts of any renovation or remodel is ensuring the new project works seamlessly with the existing home. If you’re currently looking to add a new outdoor living space to your house, here are some important consideration for not only how to integrate that area into the home’s established aesthetic but how to choose professionals who can help you with that goal.