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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

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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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 Practices for Planning for Recessed Lights in 2021

Posted in: design aesthetic, design blog, outdoor accessories, Porch and Deck Accessories, Outdoor Lighting, Electrical

James Moylan

Thursday, September 10, 2020

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How to Plan for Recessed Lights in a Custom Screened Porch Design in 2021 

Recessed lights can offer a streamlined, clean, modern look, so it’s little surprise they’re becoming increasingly popular not only in interior spaces but in outdoor living areas as well. If you’re considering recessed lighting for your screened-in porch, here are six factors to keep in mind before you take the plunge.

What Is Egress, and Why Is It Important for Rooftop Decks in Washington, DC?

Posted in: deck questions, deck boards, Porch and Deck Accessories, rooftop decks, rooftop decks in Washington, DC, building a deck, building a rooftop deck, historic deck building

James Moylan

Monday, May 11, 2020

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The Role of Egress in Building Rooftop Decks in Washington, DC

Rooftop decks are becoming increasingly popular in the Washington, DC, area, and if you’ve started to look into adding one to your property, you might have come across the term “egress” during your initial research. What exactly does this concept mean, though, and how could it impact your potential new home improvement project?

Best Ways to Utilize Your Screen Room Year-Round in the DMV

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Screen Porch Screens, Screen Porch in Maryland, Screen-Porch Design Tips, retractable screen porch, porch topics, screen porch products, porch add-ons, Porch and Deck Care, Screened Porch in Virginia, Porch and Deck Accessories, Motorized Porch Screens, Automatic Porch Screens

James Moylan

Monday, February 10, 2020

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If you live in the Maryland, Virgina, DC area, and are entertaining the idea of building an outdoor screen room, you want to invest in creating a space that's as functional year-round as possible. This translates to designing a screened porch area that's comfortable and usable for as many months of the year as you can. Luckily, there are many ways to ensure your outdoor living space is fortified against bugs and the elements.

How to Stop Bugs from Coming through Deck Floorboards in a Screen Porch

Posted in: Screen Porch Tips, Deck Screens, Screen Porch Screens, Screen Porch in Maryland, retractable screen porch, porch topics, screen porch products, Porch and Deck Care, Screened Porch in Virginia, Porch and Deck Accessories, SCREENEZE, SCREENEZE screening system, Motorized Porch Screens, Motorized Outdoor Screening Systems, Automatic Porch Screens

James Moylan

Monday, January 20, 2020

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Bug Protection For Your Screened-In Porch

If there’s a way into your screen porch, you can bet pests will find it. In a well-built screen porch, the door should be the only potential way a pest can find its way into the room.

In order to effectively protect against bugs, a screen porch must be completely enclosed, but if your porch wasn’t well built from the start, it is often the deck floorboards that were overlooked. Traditional decking has a 1/8” or 1/4” gap between boards, which is more than enough room for mosquitoes or other bugs to crawl through.

Here are the three most effective ways you can build or update a structure to provide more complete protection from creepy-crawlies.