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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.

Understanding the Design Process with Design-Build Firms

Posted in: Deck Design, hire a decking contractor, design aesthetic of a contractor, patio design, Contracting Questions, interior design, deck contractors, kitchen design, Hire a Contractor

James Moylan

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

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Great news! You've decided to build a beautiful new deck in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC and are looking at hiring a contractor. As you are determining which contractors are reliable and are collecting bids, you will begin to notice differences in the design and estimation process between deck builders.

These differences are telling of what working with a screened porch builder will be like. How long does it take to get a home estimate, and is it fully detailed? Are you being walked through the process? Are they asking the right questions? Ultimately, a contractor like Design Builders' first objective is to help you visualize your final project, be it a screened porch, outdoor kitchen, home addition, or interior renovation.

Top Considerations When Building Glass Roofs

Posted in: home additons, interior design, interior remodeling, glass roofs

James Moylan

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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Considerations When Building Glass Roofs

Building a glass roof on your outdoor structure can be a beautiful stylistic touch, but there are some considerations to keep in mind before plunging into this architectural choice. From budget to logistics, you’ll need to decide if this is truly the best option for you.

How to Introduce Fire Features into Your Design

Posted in: fireplace, interior design, outdoor living, Outdoor Fireplaces, EcoSmart Fireplaces, interior remodeling

James Moylan

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

EcoSmart Fire indoor fireplace with black tile, wood floor, and white walls

Fire Features: What to Consider before Deciding on a Final Design

When trying to introduce a fire feature into an outdoor living space, a number of issues need to be considered to ensure the end result is exactly what you’re looking for. From personal lifestyle preferences to the intended functionality of the fire feature, think through the following factors before you come to any final decision.

Top Five Checklist for Interior Remodeling & Home Additions

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Sun Room Maryland, home additons, interior design, interior remodeling

James Moylan

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

stone fireplace living room and dining interior remodeling project in Bethesda, Maryland

Remodeling is an involved process that requires ample forethought and planning for success. Especially if you’ve never undertaken a remodeling project before, it’s important to go in with a clear, step-by-step plan of attack. The following are five steps any homeowner contemplating a remodel should take to help ensure a more successful, seamless update.