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.

Top Five Checklist for Interior Remodeling & Home Additions

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Sun Room Maryland, home additons, interior design, interior remodeling

James Moylan

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

stone fireplace living room and dining interior remodeling project in Bethesda, Maryland

Remodeling is an involved process that requires ample forethought and planning for success. Especially if you’ve never undertaken a remodeling project before, it’s important to go in with a clear, step-by-step plan of attack. The following are five steps any homeowner contemplating a remodel should take to help ensure a more successful, seamless update.

Sunroom Addition for a Historic Carderock Springs Home

Posted in: Sun Room Maryland, Deck Permits, design aesthetic, design blog

James Moylan

Friday, February 06, 2015


Sunroom Addition in a Historic Bethesda, Maryland Neighborhood

In the Carderock Springs neighborhood of Bethesda, Maryland is a home with a recently completed sun room expansion. While this may not seem extraordinary at first, consider how residential planner Edmund Bennett's execution of this 1960's-era community earned it an official spot  on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places.

Consequently, homeowners looking to modify their houses here are forced to abide by strict standards enforced by various covenants and an Architectural Review Committee (ARC). These regulatory bodies are legally required to maintain Carderock's architectural aesthetic, making contracting more of a challenge.

When Building A Screen-Porch-Make Sure It's Designed Right For Parties

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James Moylan

Saturday, October 25, 2014



Great Deck and Screen-Porch Designs Make Wonderful Experiences for Your Guests

Football season is in full swing, and if you’re a fan, you’re probably either watching your favorite team play from the stadium (if you’re lucky enough to have season tickets), or you’re watching them on TV at home or a nearby sports bar.

This year, though, why not find the perfect middle ground by bringing the excitement of a live event to the comfort of your home? You can do this by hosting friends and family in a basement or porch space that gives everyone enough room to move around and comfortably watch the game.


Design Builders Case Study: Watching Football on The Sip

When Design Builders client Dan Diest decided that he wanted to add a porch to his home, football was one of the first things on his mind. He and his wife wanted to be able to use the porch year-round and have the ability to host a large number of friends on game days—without the space ever feeling too cramped. By collaborating with our building team, the Diests were able to create a screened porch that met all their needs.

The porch, which has been nicknamed The Sip, utilizes both indoor and outdoor space to allow Dan and his family to host 25 or more friends. There are two exits off the porch, making it easy for people to come and go without ever feeling cramped – and giving everyone enough room to cheer for their team without knocking over furniture or friends.

Dan likes that the design includes a space for a wall-mounted flat screen TV, which guests can see all the way from the backyard, thanks to the large windows incorporated into the screened porch. There’s also a sitting area slightly apart from the main porch where guests can gather and talk when commercials are on or when they want to take a break from the game.

Dan describes his new game day experience as being like “indoor tailgating.” He loves being able to gather such a big group of football fans together without having to deal with the crowds, noise, and ticket prices associated with going to the stadium.

Dan’s not the only one who has been appreciating The Sip. The porch has become a talking piece with his neighbors, several of whom have actually come to Design Builders to see if we can help them realize their own dream designs.


Creating Your Own Sports Haven

Although football season is already underway, it’s not too late to set up your own perfect space by adding a porch or remodeling your basement to follow your favorite team.

Take the time to think about (and maybe even write down) what you are looking for in the space and what concerns you may have, such as construction interfering with the main home or the usability of a porch during the winter, and then call Design Builders to talk about your construction project.

We love collaborating with clients, and we’ll do everything we can to meet your design and remodeling needs and come up with creative solutions to resolve your concerns.


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Sun Room Design: Part 5 Furniture

Posted in: Sun Room Maryland

James Moylan

Monday, March 26, 2012

Furniture for Your Present and Future