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How to Convert a Flagstone Patio into a Screened-In Porch

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch, Decks and Patios, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Screens, Screen Porch in Maryland, patio design, patio questions, patio tips, home additons, home improvement

James Moylan

Friday, January 10, 2020

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Four Considerations For Converting a Flagstone Patio into a Screened-In Porch

If you’re considering some renovations to your outdoor living space, one common place people look to upgrade is the patio. If, for example, you want to convert an existing flagstone patio into a screened-in porch, that process is actually relatively straightforward and can completely change the utility, dynamic, and aesthetics of your outdoor space.

The Archatrak Porcelain Paver Brand And Its Evolution

Posted in: deck builders, patio design, roof building tips, how to build a patio, home additons, outdoor living spaces, upscale deck features, low-maintenance decking, porch topics, decking questions, deck contractors, decks in Washington, D.C., Loudoun County, Porch and Deck Accessories, rooftop decks, rooftop decks in Washington, DC, building a rooftop deck, Archatrak, deck pavers, porcelain pavers, Screen Room, Georgetown, screened porch in Washington, DC, Heatstrip, Screened-in Porch, custom deck, screen room ideas, screen porch design

James Moylan

Thursday, December 19, 2019

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Dependable Contractor eBook by Design Builders, Inc.

If you’ve looked into the advantages and benefits of porcelain pavers, it’s a good bet you’ve come across the name “Archatrak.” As one of the leaders in the industry, this brand comes across the radars of many homeowner and those in the commercial sector looking to install porcelain in their outdoor environments (rooftop decks, patios, terraces, courtyards, plazas, and more). Archatrak, however, has gone through several iterations, and with that in mind, here’s a quick overview of the brand’s evolution.

Design Review: Modern Kitchen Renovation with Screened-in Porch and Patio

Posted in: Decks and Patios, patio design, kitchen remodel, kitchen, kitchen remodeling, SCREENEZE, SCREENEZE screening system, kitchen design, kitchen appliances, Screen Room, screened porch in Washington, DC, Screened Porch, Screened-in Porch

James Moylan

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

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Featured DC Project: Factors to Consider When Building in the Palisades

The Palisades is a neighborhood in Washington, DC, and here at Design Builders we recently completed a backyard and kitchen renovation in that area that we’re excited to share with you! If you live in or near the Palisades and are thinking about undertaking a home improvement project, here are some details about that recent job to inspire you, as well as general reminders when looking to build in the area.

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.

Design Highlight: How to Capitalize on Big Spaces in 2018

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Deck Design, Screen Porch in Maryland, Screen-Porch Design Tips, Howard County deck and patio, patio design, infrared heaters, patio tips, Infratech infrared heaters, porch topics, porch add-ons, Porch and Deck Accessories

James Moylan

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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Design Showcase: Capitalizing on a Large Outdoor Space in Fulton, Maryland

Whether you’re living in an older home on acreage or a more contemporary space with ample square footage, designing an outdoor living space for a large area can actually be quite overwhelming. After all, when you have a lot of space, you have a lot of options, and that can quickly go from liberating to paralyzing. If you’re currently in this conundrum, here's an ongoing project in Fulton, Maryland, that demonstrates one way a large space can be turned into an ideal outdoor living area.