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Top 5 Things to Consider When Adding Electric to a Screened Porch

Posted in: Screen-Porch Design Tips, retractable screen porch, patio questions, electric heaters, porch topics, screen porch products, Screened Porch in Virginia, Outdoor Lighting, Motorized Porch Screens, Motorized Outdoor Screening Systems, Automatic Porch Screens, snowmelt system

James Moylan

Saturday, December 05, 2020

Adding Electric and Lighting to a Screened Porch: 5 Things to Consider

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More and more people are coming to Design Builders asking to install infrared heaters in existing structures.  Its complicated for a few reasons.  One of the biggest is power.  Adding electrical and lighting elements to a screened-in porch is a great way to make the space as comfortable, usable, and functional as any interior area. However, as with any construction project, there are some considerations to keep in mind before you jump headfirst into the work. Here are the top five things to think through as you plan and design your ideal screened-in porch.

Childproofing a Screened Porch

Posted in: Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Deck Building Tips, Screen-Porch Design Tips

James Moylan

Friday, November 06, 2020

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10 Tips for Childproofing a Screened Porch

There comes a time in every toddler's life to learn about pain. Falling hurts, badly. And, as parents of little ones ourselves, we are all too familiar with our youngsters' propensity for getting into mischief, scrapes, and scuffles. Prevent your screened-in porch or deck from becoming a part of a life lesson by practicing the ensuing child-friendly safety precautions.

Options for Enclosing an Existing Outdoor Space

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Deck Screens, Screen Porch Screens, Screen Porch in Maryland, Screen-Porch Design Tips, porch topics, screen porch products, SCREENEZE, SCREENEZE screening system, Motorized Porch Screens, Motorized Outdoor Screening Systems, Screen Room, Phantom Retractable Screens, screened porch in Washington, DC, Screened Porch, Screened-in Porch, Eze-Breeze, Three-season rooms

James Moylan

Monday, August 10, 2020

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Options for Enclosing an Existing Outdoor Space

Lots of homeowners have open outdoor living spaces and, for a variety of reasons, find themselves wondering what their options are to enclose them. Whether you have a front porch with a roof but no screens, a deck, a double deck without screens, or a patio, the logistics of how to enclose these existing spaces is one of the most common questions posed to design and build firms.

Wood or Vinyl Railings :  What is Best for a Screened Porch ?

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Deck Screens, Screen Porch Screens, Screen Porch in Maryland, Screen-Porch Design Tips

James Moylan

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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If you live anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic, and your porch is more than 30 inches above the ground, you’re probably required to have railings on your screened porch. Local building codes mandate that all porches in Maryland and Virginia have this for safety reasons. The same is true for stairs with more than three risers.

Best Practices to Keep Bugs out of Your Screened Porch in Maryland, Virginia, and DC.

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch, Bug Problems, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Deck Screens, Screen Porch Screens, Deck Tips, Deck Design, Screen Porch in Maryland, Screen-Porch Design Tips, deck builders, Deck Care

James Moylan

Monday, April 13, 2020

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Tips to Keep Bugs Out of Your Screened Porch

Ah, enjoying your backyard without having to shower in insect repellent.  What a concept.  It is possible to do this with the help of a well-built screened porch in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C. If you've bug-proofed your screen room but still find bugs in your porch, it’s likely a problem with construction. Design Builders breaks down the most common problem areas and how you can fix them.