3 Tips for Creating an Outdoor Living Space You’ll Love

Posted June 2, 2022 in 3D Design, Blog, Decks, Design/Build, Furniture, General, Patio and Walkway, Pool, Videos

As temperatures rise, our thoughts turn towards how we can get our family outside and spend more time together. Blooming flowers and the smell of backyard barbecues could lure us out onto the porch or patio with friends and family. But if your outdoor space lacks comfortable features you probably won’t spend too much time out there.

Here are 3 tips that will help you create your ideal outdoor living space:

  • Visualize exactly how your new space will look

Undersized or oddly shaped patios and decks in the Lehigh Valley are quite common. This could leave you with furniture that you’re constantly rearranging, pets dragging mulch onto your new porch in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, limited seating options on your new patio in Allentown, Pennsylvania, or other hassles.

We know a design-first approach to your backyard transformation lays the whole project out in one comprehensive master plan that allows the entire team to visualize the common goals, look, and feel that the homeowner desires. This proven design/build process eliminates potential project management and construction issues throughout your build!

  • Know how much your new outdoor living space will cost 

A new outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley can cost anywhere from $75k-$500k+. The cost of your new outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley mainly depends on the total square footage, overall design, structure choice, materials, features, and site conditions/site accessibility. This is why it’s important to work with a partner who can combine the design, permitting, project management, and construction knowledge to help you understand how your vision can be achieved within your project budget.

We know that the cost of building a new deck, patio, roof, or pool can easily spiral out of control if you don’t understand the cost of your investment before construction begins. This is why we help you understand exactly how much your project will cost before any shovels hit the ground.

Your custom 3D design will include a budget study that provides a rough range of costs, laid out ala carte, for you to understand the value of your project! With your new design and budget study in hand, you can talk with your designer about building your new outdoor living space all at once or phasing your design over time to make your vision more financially feasible.

  • Avoid change orders & hidden fees 

As a homeowner, figuring out what you want early in the design process can be daunting. It can also be frustrating to find out that most deck, patio, and pool contractors in the Lehigh Valley typically don’t show hidden design fees, potential revision expenses, and other expensive items on their initial quote.

Since we never want our homeowners to feel like they need to have everything figured out when they contact us, we offer our exclusive Love your Design Guarantee to all our clients.

We view the design process as a journey and we know that it should never be rushed! This is why our Love your Design Guarantee can eliminate some change orders and hidden design fees by recognizing the design as a whole instead of a piecemeal approach, and by allowing you to make revisions to your custom design before we begin your build. This proven process ensures you are completely in love with every part of your new outdoor living space and confident with every decision before your build.

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Designing and building a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that you don’t want to work with a contractor that will waste your money and you don’t want to get stuck wasting your valuable time managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other important details.  You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners – just like you – to eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley.  We make your unique journey stress-free by using our award-winning design/build process to handle all communication with your HOA and township, develop your plans, obtain your building permits, manage any and all engineering, schedule your inspections and so much more!

Here’s how to do it:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

Collaborate: Create your perfect plan!

Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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In the meantime, download your exclusive copy of the Top 5 Design Secrets your Contractor Doesn’t Know. So you can stop fearing that you will make the wrong decisions about your new outdoor living space and instead be confident when selecting the right firm to help transform your backyard into the outdoor living space you always dreamed of!

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