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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.

Transparent Porch Screen Fabrics: Block Out the Bugs, Keep The View

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, retractable screen porch, screen porch products, Screened Porch in Virginia

James Moylan

Friday, April 10, 2020

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Why Install Transparent Screens On Your Screen Porch

Don’t like the idea of a screen obstructing the view from your screen porch? Good news: it doesn’t have to. In addition to glass handrails for decks and stainless steel cable railings, transparent fiberglass screens or otherwise black screens can minimize the distraction incurred by porch screens on the view of your outdoor living space.

Adding a Skylight to Your Screened-In Porch

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

James Moylan

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

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How practical is it to add a skylight to an existing porch ?

Homeowners are often intrigued by the idea of adding a skylight to their porch, enticed by the promise of natural, energy-saving light. While skylights can add beauty and energy efficiency to your outdoor living space, they can also cause a lot of costly problems if installed improperly.