Design Tips for the Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party

Posted May 5, 2022 in 3D Design, Attached Roof System, Blog, Decks, Design/Build, Furniture, Garden, General, Landscape Lighting, Outdoor Kitchen, Outdoor Technology, Patio and Walkway, Phantom Screen, Plant and Tree, Pool, Videos, Water Feature

‘Tis the season for entertaining outside–finally!! But, if you are thinking of hosting a dinner party outdoors you might be wondering how you will mitigate bugs, what you will do if it gets too cold, too hot, or it rains, where your guests will sit, and how will everyone safely navigate your backyard at night.

We know that planning an outdoor dinner party can be stressful. Let these 4 design tips help you host the perfect outdoor dinner party in the Lehigh Valley:

  • Install retractable screens to keep the bugs away

If you want to block up to 100% of UV rays, protect yourself from disease-carrying insects, and even prevent a winter chill you need to consider Phantom screens for your outdoor living space in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Custom-built and motorized, Phantom screens are easily operated with a remote, a wall switch, or your smartphone so they are there when you need them, but seamlessly vanish into your home’s architecture when you don’t.

What you need to know about Phantom Screens →

  • Consider an attached roof structure with comfort features

In Pennsylvania or New Jersey, our weather and seasons really determine how much time we are able to enjoy outside in our backyards. This is why it is important to consider an attached roof system when designing your new patio, deck, outdoor kitchen, or pool in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. An attached roof system will extend the use of your outdoor living space and also provide shelter from the rain, wind, and sun so you can spend more time outdoors.

Comfort features such as outdoor ceiling fans can offer a cool breeze on a hot summer day, or skylights that can help conserve energy and allow natural light into your home can easily be incorporated into an attached roof structure to enhance the comfort and functionality of your new outdoor living space.

Fun Features to Add to your new Outdoor Roof Structures →

  • Properly plan a flexible layout

No one likes feeling cramped under a roof structure to escape the heat of the summer sun and sitting on the edge of a patio with half of your chair leg in the grass is beyond uncomfortable. But oftentimes, contractors lack the tools and resources to visualize exactly how much space you will need to accommodate your furniture. This could leave you feeling cramped in your new space or leave you with too much space that makes your new deck or patio feel empty.

We know that furniture is probably the most important part of your outdoor living space. This is why we begin our design process with furniture first! We will use a custom, full-color 3D design video with interactive life-like imagery, features, and people so you get to see exactly what your space will look like, feel how the furniture will fit in your space, and visualize exactly how you will engage with the layout. This eliminates any surprises during the build and ensures you are confident and comfortable with the design, layout options, and furniture selections before any part of your build begins!

Top Three Questions to Ask your Outdoor Living Designer →

  • Install the right landscape lighting for safety and security

Landscape lighting significantly enhances the natural beauty and features of your property. Both LED and low-voltage lighting can be used to highlight your home’s architectural elements, beautiful gardens, specimen trees & shrubs, and water features. But, if you haven’t properly planned your landscape lighting you might run into safety hazards and other issues when relaxing after work or hosting a dinner party.

This is why it is important to consider how you will design your landscape lighting, know where it should be placed, visualize what features it will accent, and see how the lighting will reflect on materials throughout your backyard.

Three Tips for your Landscape Lighting →

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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