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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, October 28, 2016

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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.

2017 Guide to Patio Materials: Concrete Pavers, Brick Pavers & Natural Stone

Posted in: Decks and Patios, patio design, how to build a patio, patio tips, porch topics

James Moylan

Friday, October 14, 2016

 elevated flagstone patio with white trim in Rockville, Maryland 

Common Materials You Can Use in Your Next Outdoor Patio Project

When you’re starting to examine your options for building a patio, it can feel overwhelming trying to sort through all the potential materials you could use. How do you know which one is right for your Maryland patio? Keep reading for a basic breakdown of some of the most common materials used for this purpose and a few considerations to keep in mind before committing to that material.

How to Install a Recessed Hot Tub in 8 Easy Steps

Posted in: Decks and Patios, patio design, hot tubs, how to build a patio, patio tips, deck add-ons, porch add-ons

James Moylan

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

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One element that’s becoming increasingly popular in outdoor living spaces is the hot tub. Especially in areas that experience cold winters, this can be an excellent addition to any outdoor area. It is, however, a very involved process and one you’ll need to carefully discuss and coordinate with your design build team. These are your top 8 steps and considerations for installing a hot tub in Virginia or Maryland.

Considerations for Building Retaining Walls in Maryland & Virginia

Posted in: Decks and Patios, patio design, patio questions, patio tips

James Moylan

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

 curved retaining wall for a Bethesda flagstone patio

One common feature in landscaped exterior living spaces is the retaining wall. As a feature that adds functionality and aesthetic value, these are common implements in newly designed or renovated outdoor areas. However, with somewhat minor changes to the design plan, you can quite significantly alter the price and ease of building that structure.

An Insider's View of Top Trends & Designs in Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

Posted in: Deck Design, design aesthetic, patio design, kitchen remodel, kitchen, kitchen remodeling, outdoor kitchens, outdoor living spaces, outdoor kitchen cabinets, Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens, Brown Jordan Outdoor Cabinets, Q&A

James Moylan

Monday, March 21, 2016

Danver stainless outdoor kitchen with night patio lighting

Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens have been in the market of making upscale outdoor cabinetry for many years. They've seen trends in outdoor kitchen designs come and go, but not every concept has proven as enduring as powder coated stainless steel kitchen cabinets or Infratech infrared heaters. With that unique perspective, Mitchell Slater, president and founder of Danver Cabinets, spoke to Design Builders about his favorite products and innovations to prevail in stainless steel outdoor cabinetry.