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Inside Looking Out…

What is your seasonal window view...? ...Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... The view to the outside changes dramatically through the seasons.  Are your views taking advantage of what Mother Nature offers every year...? Extend your residence from the interior to the exterior by properly taking advantage of your viewsheds.  A landscape does not always need to be experienced by exposing oneself to the elements but can be enjoyed through lovely framed "views" from your cozy interior.   Add a focal point , perhaps some lighting, and your views can give you something to look forward to during the short winter days. Take a glance out your window...walk through your home...sit it in your favorite chair... Are the views to the exterior maximizing their potential...?  Let Petro Design/Build help plan for all seasons!  Contact us  info@petrodesignbuild.com  or  301.249.9000

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House guest get welcoming ‘Hug’

Porticoes historically have been used in architecture to define an entry, create an area of welcoming and gathering, and of course protection from the elements: SNOW, rain, and sun! At Petro we specialize in helping to create these inviting elegant arrivals with spectacular curb appeal, while adding value to your home.  Let a custom portico express functional architectural language to your residence while welcoming your guests... Email us now to set up a consultation.

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Lessons from Hurricane Lee

A ‘1000-year’ storm event is certainly the true test of the capability of a home drainage system.    Yeah, yeah “it was a freak event” yet we have had 4 ‘freak’ events in the last 6 years and it only takes 1 to add thousands of dollars in repairs or, at least, raise your insurance premiums. Even a trickle of water in a finished basement space can ruin flooring, drywall and furnishings and feed deadly molds. Not surprisingly, most of the damage I’ve seen, in regards to drainage, was caused by the neglect of common sense principals. Drainage is one of the most important elements of a sound foundation and so, truly, the most cost effective preventative you can implement. Preferably, the builder was diligent when your home was constructed.  If your home was built in the 80’s you can cross that diligence off the list.  Faulty foundation drainage may not be evident until after the home warranty has expired or until a storm ‘event’…more on this in a future blog. It is curious to me how homeowner’s will trust their maintenance crew for resolving drainage issues.  Asking a mowing and mulching crew landscape design questions can be detrimental but relying…

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