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Low-Voltage Lighting in 2019: 6 Considerations for Outdoor Living Spaces

Posted in: outdoor living, outdoor living spaces, deck add-ons, porch add-ons, Trex Decking, Trex, Outdoor Lighting

James Moylan

Friday, March 01, 2019

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Once you have the bones of your outdoor living space, low-voltage lighting is one of the most elegant and visually stunning finishing touches you can add. While this option has been a popular choice among homeowners for quite a while now, here are the major considerations to keep in mind if you’re looking to create or to renovate an outdoor space in 2019.

How to Properly Install and Use Outlets in a Screen Room in Washington, DC

Posted in: Screen Porch, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch in Maryland, Screen-Porch Design Tips, porch topics, screen porch products, porch add-ons, outdoor accessories, Screened Porch in Virginia, Outdoor Lighting, building a deck, Electrical, Screen Room

James Moylan

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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What are the top 12 considerations for Installing and Using Outlets in a Screened-In Porch?

Installing exterior outlets in your screened-in porch might seem like a minor design detail, but this process actually presents a few unique challenges to be aware of. Consider the following information when designing the layout of your outdoor space and making final decisions about which amenities to include.

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?

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.

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.