Don’t forget these details when planning your outdoor living space

Posted September 24, 2020 in Blog, Fire Feature, Landscape Design, Videos, Water Feature

Details such as lighting, furniture, focal points, water features, and landscaping are crucial decisions that can take your backyard from basic and boring to an outdoor living space that maximizes your home value. This is why it’s important to know exactly how they will look and see how they will connect to the features of your home, backyard elements, and neighborhood. But, if you can’t visualize exactly how your space will look, you could end up with a backyard that neglects the details that make it a custom fit and beautiful outdoor living space.

Here are a few details you won’t want to neglect when visualizing your outdoor living space:

  • Don’t forget to select your patio and deck furniture first

If you don’t plan your furniture before you build your deck or patio, you could end up with a table that hangs off your patio, deck chairs that need to be constantly moved around, or a layout that doesn’t fit all the people you plan to entertain.  This is why it’s crucial to plan your patio and deck furniture first!

With a design-first approach, MasterPLAN will help you see exactly how your furniture will fit in your space. We will help you visualize exactly what the furniture will look like for your grilling, lounging, and entertaining zone so you know exactly how much space you will need.

More about selecting furniture for your Patio or Deck →

  • Don’t neglect to determine your focal points

Oftentimes homeowners don’t realize that they can also enjoy their outdoor living space from inside their home. But this can only happen if you carefully plan your focal points and visualize exactly what they will look like as you gaze outside your window. When planning a focal point for your outdoor living space, consider illuminating it with lights to add extra details that will allow you to enjoy your backyard all night long!

In Easton, Pennsylvania, we helped this homeowner highlight an old ancient oak tree with 8 up-lights that showcase the architecture of the tree. Known as the tree of knowledge, this backyard focal point is just one of the many details that transformed this backyard to a timeless outdoor living space.

Tour this outdoor living space in Easton, Pennsylvania → 

  • Don’t forget to consider a water feature

Water features can add texture, sound, and tranquility to your outdoor living space, but if you don’t properly plan your backyard water features they could end up requiring a lot of maintenance or be harmful to the environment.

When planning water features for your backyard make sure to consider low-maintenance materials like this custom water feature in Royersford, Pennsylvania. This custom water feature was constructed with corten steel so the homeowner never has to worry about her steel rusting! The water circulation equipment is hidden underneath the structure and recycles the water to protect our environment.

Tour this outdoor living space in Royersford, Pennsylvania →

Designing and building an outdoor living space in the Poconos, Bethlehem, Allentown, Easton, Main Line of Philadelphia or western New Jersey should be a very exciting experience. But, we get that transforming your backyard is a significant investment, and you might feel overwhelmed determining what details will truly make it feel like an outdoor living space. You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners- just like you- to build more than just a backyard. We helped them design and build an outdoor living space that maximizes their home value, helped them fall in love with their home all over again, and made their backyard a magnet to life’s most important moments!

Here’s how we do it:

Call –Schedule a design meeting!

Collaborate – Create your perfect plan!

Construction– With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate– Raise a toast in the backyard of your dreams!


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