Options for Enclosing an Existing Outdoor Space

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James Moylan

Monday, September 26, 2022

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Everything You Need to Know about Enclosing an Existing Outdoor Space

I have an open outdoor living space. What are my options for enclosing it? Lots of homeowners have this question run through their minds every day. 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 an existing outdoor space is one of the most common questions posed to design and build firms. Get the rundown here of everything you need to know.

Are Screen Porches Worth the Money?

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James Moylan

Thursday, September 08, 2022

Why Screen Porches Add More Value Than Ever to Your Home


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Conventional building wisdom used to be pretty straightforward. Expect about a 75 percent return on your screen porch investment within five years. Give it eight years, and many homeowners found these projects had paid for themselves. Today, the building landscape is totally different. When it comes to screen porches, it’s never been easier or faster to see a positive return on your investment. Here’s why.

6 Tips for Planning a Screened Porch in Maryland and Virginia

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James Moylan

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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In the Washington, DC metro area, summers can be difficult, with the intense heat and humidity and all of the mosquitoes.  Our clients find that screen rooms help them enjoy the outdoors comfortably.  Design Builders Inc. wants you to enjoy your exterior space, so we've put together six helpful hints to consider when building a screen room.

Tips for Obtaining a Screened Porch Permit in Washington, DC

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James Moylan

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

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Obtaining a Screen Porch Permit in Washington, DC


Building a screen porch in Washington, DC, brings with it a host of geographically specific restrictions, and obtaining a permit for your build is no exception. However, with a bit of forethought—and a lot of patience—you can seamlessly work your way through this process.

7 Deck Maintenance Tips for the Spring

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James Moylan

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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How to get your deck ready for spring after a harsh winter

Deck owners rejoice! After a long Maryland winter full of ice, snow, cold, and freezing rain, decks everywhere are primed to be reclaimed from mother nature. While there was little that could be done to help our outdoor living spaces in recent months, rising temperatures and increasingly-present sunshine are ready to join your quest to reverse the havoc caused by foregone seasonal elements.