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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.

Can You Fit Danver Cabinets to an Existing Patio or Deck?

Posted in: patio questions, deck questions, outdoor living spaces, Danver cabinets, Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens, Danver cabinets in Maryland, Danver cabinets in Virginia

James Moylan

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

champagne bead board stainless steel outdoor cabinet by Danver Cabinets

Outdoor living spaces, be they decks in Maryland or screened porches in Virginia, can oftentimes be a challenge to upgrade once they're built. That's because there are simply more roadblocks and issues to overcome in terms of what can be installed and where with an existing structure in place. This is true for outdoor ceiling fans, outdoor televisions, outdoor patio heaters, and even outdoor furniture, but especially for bulkier items like powder coated stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinets.

Upgrading porches and elevated decks with a backyard kitchen with outdoor kitchen appliances can come with their own sets of challenges. It's important to recognize what those are before seriously considering high quality outdoor cabinets for your home renovation.

Is It Safe to Build an Elevated Wood-Burning Outdoor Fireplace?

Posted in: Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Products, Contracting Questions, patio questions, deck questions, outdoor heaters, screen porch products, decking questions, Outdoor Fireplaces

James Moylan

Wednesday, December 09, 2015


Are Wood-Burning Outdoor Fireplaces Safe for Elevated Decks & Porches?

There are few additions to an outdoor living space that can add the elegance, relaxation, and beauty of a natural wood-burning fireplace. That being said, many people looking to build an outdoor space from the ground up or those looking to modify an existing space question the feasibility of an elevated fireplace. Is it worth it, in terms of construction logistics and price, to build an elevated natural burning fireplace? And is it safe?

What is the Best Outdoor Furniture to Use for My Outdoor Living Space?

Posted in: Screen Porch, Decks and Patios, Zuri Deck, Deck Tips, patio questions, deck questions

Rami Hajj

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

contemporary screened enclosure interior Bethesda Maryland

What’s the Best Outdoor Furniture to Buy for my Deck in Maryland or Virginia?

Many people spend a huge amount of time and effort conceptualizing and designing their outdoor living spaces in Virginia and Maryland. However, those spaces aren’t actually complete just because the structures are built. They still need to be properly decorated and furnished. To make a designer outdoor area as comfortable, functional, and beautiful as possible, the best furniture for outdoor living spaces must be used.

What is the best material to use for a patio in Maryland or Virginia?

Posted in: patio design, patio questions, how to build a patio, patio tips

James Moylan

Monday, April 13, 2015

patio in Rockville, Maryland with blue Pennsylvania flagstone

6 criteria for determine the best patio material in Maryland and Virginia

If you’re considering adding a patio to your house, you’re probably wondering what materials are best to use. Should you use flagstones? What about pavers? How can you get the best possible patio for you? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t a simple one, and that last question should largely tell you why – because it depends on what you want and can afford.