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Installation Guide for Proline Radiant Heating Systems

Posted in: deck add-ons, electric heaters, outdoor heating systems, porch add-ons, outdoor accessories, Porch and Deck Accessories, ProLine Radiant Heat, radiant heating systems

James Moylan

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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If you live in an area that experiences somewhat to extremely harsh winters, you know how dangerous and inconvenient snow and ice can be. When it builds up on your walkways, it’s everything from a nuisance to a safety hazard, which is why so many people are opting to install ProLine radiant heating systems into their patios. What exactly is this system, though, and what are the steps to getting one in your patio?

7 Ways Radiant Heating Systems Make Winter Easy

Posted in: patio questions, outdoor living, outdoor living spaces, outdoor heaters, outdoor heating systems, decking questions, outdoor accessories, Porch and Deck Accessories, cooking outdoors, ProLine Radiant Heat, radiant heating systems

James Moylan

Monday, March 05, 2018

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As winter steadily carries on, more homeowners are asking the same question: How can I deal with accumulated snow in the easiest way possible? For many, the answer is radiant heat. But what is radiant heat, and what the distinct advantages of investing in this type of heating system?

What are the Costs of Using an Outdoor Fireplace in Maryland?

Posted in: Deck Design, patio design, fireplace, Contracting Questions, outdoor living, outdoor living spaces, deck add-ons, outdoor heaters, porch add-ons, Outdoor Fireplaces, outdoor accessories, EcoSmart Fireplaces, Porch and Deck Accessories, fire pit

James Moylan

Thursday, March 02, 2017

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Long-Term Costs of Operating an Outdoor Fire Feature in Bethesda, Maryland

Nothing provides quite the same blend of ambiance and function as an outdoor fire feature, but many people wonder about price. With so many fire features to choose from, which one is going to provide all the aesthetic beauty and functional warmth without breaking the bank?

This article compares three of the most common fire feature types: natural wood-burning fireplaces, biofuel fireplaces, and natural gas fires. For the sake of comparison, electric heaters are also included below. While not a traditional fire feature, they are a common alternative for those looking to heat their outdoor spaces.

Best 2017 Fire Pit Designs

Posted in: fireplace, deck add-ons, outdoor heaters, porch add-ons, Outdoor Fireplaces, outdoor accessories, EcoSmart Fireplaces, Porch and Deck Accessories, fire pit

James Moylan

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

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6 Considerations for Building a Fire Pit in 2017

One of the most common add-ons for decks and patios is a fire pit. Whether it’s for the ambiance, the look, the functionality, or some combination thereof, backyard fire pits are extremely popular outdoor living space accessories in Maryland, Virginia, and the District. While there's no universal standard to what makes the most effective fire pit design, there are some guidelines you can discuss with your local deck contractor about pitfalls to avoid and possible issues to consider.

Effective Outdoor Kitchen Design Case Study

Posted in: kitchen, outdoor living, outdoor kitchens, outdoor living spaces, outdoor kitchen cabinets, Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens, outdoor accessories

James Moylan

Monday, January 30, 2017

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Premium Outdoor Kitchens

In the design and implementation of many high-end outdoor living spaces, kitchens have become a staple. While outdoor spaces used to be thought of as areas external to and separate from the home, they have become much more integrated over the years, and nowhere is this more evident than in the increased quality, functionality, and aesthetics of premium outdoor kitchens. This particular kitchen project exemplifies that shift from a general outdoor space to a specialized, functional area that’s truly an extension of the main home.