7th State Blog

Welcome to our blog! This is where we have our recent project, tips, inspiration, and more. If you are looking for just a gallery of pictures and fewer words, take a look over at our portfolio. If you want to know our process and the before pictures, stay right here and comb through our recent projects. And if you want to learn, or have questions about the renovation process, this is also a great place to be! If you want to hear about a particular topic, let us know.

Maryland Screened-In Front Porch

Maryland Screened-In Front Porch

We just talked about this in our last blog. To screen-in or not to screen-in? There was a list of pros and cons. One thing we mentioned, is that many homeowners choose to screen-in their back porches. Many times people don’t screen in their front porch for aesthetics. Still, there are many benefits to screening in your front porch. For this homeowner, the front of the house faces the water. They wanted to be able to spend more time enjoying the view and less time swatting bugs. We completely understand. Learn more about how we built this screened-in front porch below.

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Should You Screen-In Your Porch?

Should You Screen-In Your Porch?

Front and back porches are an extension of our homes. They add additional living space where we can enjoy the outdoors. As a lot of us find ourselves in-doors even more right now, a porch can be a much-needed reprieve. A lot of the time, when it comes to updating or building a new porch, homeowners are posed with the question if they should screen-in their porch. With summer approaching, this is a great question. So, here are some pros and cons to a screened-in porch.

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What You Need to Know About Hardscapes for Your Home

What You Need to Know About Hardscapes for Your Home

You have decided to improve your home’s landscape, but you don’t know where to begin. Do you want to upgrade an existing site or create a whole new outdoor space? Do you want to enhance the softscape or the hardscape, or a combination of the two? Of course, it helps to know the difference between softscapes and hardscapes for your home. The softscape is the living parts of a landscape – like plants – and the hardscape is non-living, inanimate elements – like walkways. Now that you have that figured out, you can begin planning your project.

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Front Porch Rebuild in Maryland

Front Porch Rebuild in Maryland

As we are in quarantine, more homeowners are at home realizing some things just need to be updated. This was no different for this Maryland homeowner. The existing front porch had settled over time. This caused the porch to be offset from the concrete steps. It also was making the roof sink. In addition, the latticework was damaged. This wasn’t just aesthetically unpleasing but posed real safety issues. That is why we did a front porch rebuild.

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New Front Door and Landing Before and After

New Front Door and Landing Before and After

It’s easy to overlook a space we pass through daily. However, your front door is of vital importance. This is the ultimate space where form meets function. Not only does it need to keep the weather out and unwanted visitors, but it is also the center of your home’s curb appeal. It’s no surprise that front door replacements provide the highest rate of return on any home upgrade investments. That is why we want to show you how drastically a new front door and landing can look with this before and after.

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Hardscapes That Will Make You Ready for Warmer Weather

Hardscapes That Will Make You Ready for Warmer Weather

Warmer weather is on its way and the first signs of spring are starting to show. Needless to say, now’s the perfect time to upgrade your backyard. And, what better way to enhance your space than with hardscapes? Having the right patio design or stone walkway will add that little extra spark to your outdoor lifestyle. As a licensed home remodeling and building service in Maryland, 7th State Builders are the experts in helping you build your ‘dream yard’.

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The Best Upgrades to Increase Home Value

The Best Upgrades to Increase Home Value

According to recent studies, homeowner spending on remodeling projects reached $424 billion in 2017. However, not all projects will give you the best return on your investment. It helps to know which remodeling projects to invest in first. So, get inspired and stay up to date with the best upgrades to increase the value of your home below.

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Custom Master Bathroom Remodel

Custom Master Bathroom Remodel

We love the saying, “Wash away your troubles with some bubbles.” There is just something to be said about having an oasis in your home where you can relax and unwind. For us, the master bath is the ultimate place to do just that. However, for these Maryland homeowners, their master bath was anything but. Feeling outdated, dark, and not an optimal layout, they wanted a custom master bathroom remodel. And the results were stunning. Learn more about this transformation below.

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Replacement Sunroom and New Patio

Replacement Sunroom and New Patio

Quite often, Maryland homeowners will call us with not just one, but multiple projects. That was the case for this replacement sunroom and new patio. For this house, it only made sense to update both the existing second-story sunroom and expand the patio portion below the deck. As you can see in the before pictures below, the old sunroom was outdated. It had screens, instead of windows, an old screen styled door, and a weathered staircase. Learn more below about how we updated and upgraded the living space.

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Warning Signs of Foundation Issues You Should Know About

Warning Signs of Foundation Issues You Should Know About

As a homeowner, you know how tough Maryland winters can be on your house. The combination of heavy rain and low water tables often leads to the flooding of crawl spaces and basements. More noteworthy is the fact that flooded basements can weaken your home’s foundation in the long run. To prevent this, look out for these five common foundation issues.

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