How to avoid outdoor renovation horror stories

Posted April 23, 2020 in Blog

At MasterPLAN, our goal is to make sure your backyard transformation runs like a dream—high-quality work that is completed on time, on budget, and craftsmen that are a dream to work with. But oftentimes, we speak with homeowners who share outdoor renovation horror stories that were plagued with construction delays, township issues, poor communication, mistakes, frayed nerves, and an outcome of not pleased with their investment.

Here are three tips that will help you avoid outdoor renovation horror stories on your next project:

  • Understand potential challenges & trust your guide

Most home improvement projects come with challenges like navigating tricky township approvals, obtaining building permits, developing plans, coordinating contractors, scheduling inspections, managing change-orders, addressing punch-lists, documenting warranties, etc. To ensure your project runs smoothly, try partnering with a designer who builds rather than a builder trying to design!

A builder who is trying to design will simply provide you with materials, labor, equipment, and other basic services to complete your short-term project. For example, you want a patio, they build you a patio.  Transaction complete.  In this type of situation, they don’t have the big picture in mind which could leave you stuck with a project that is incomplete or problems that you don’t know how to fix.

When you partner with MasterPLAN, you’re putting your dreams in the qualified hands of a designer that can help you visualize and build your perfect outdoor living space effectively, efficiently, and with beautiful and cohesive style. We make transforming your backyard stress-free by providing a single source of responsibility and communication for all aspects of your project so you never have to worry about being surprised or blindly navigating project challenges alone.

  • Visualize your space & understand your guarantees

Visualization is the first crucial step in the journey to creating the backyard of your dreams and your structure, finish, and material selections should never feel rushed! To visualize the true potential of your backyard, choose a designer who will collaborate with you to create a custom 3D Design.

A custom 3D Design will allow you to picture exactly what your backyard could look like, and as a trusted partner we are fully transparent when it comes to design fees and project costs!

At MasterPLAN, we know that a design-first approach is the cornerstone of your backyard transformation. We also know that no one likes hidden charges or fees. When you commit to us we fully commit to you with our Love your Design Guarantee. Our Love your Design Guarantee eliminates hidden fees and creates an open, free-flowing conversation with the goal of creating an outdoor living space that you completely fall in love with.

  • Be educated & informed about your investment

If you have never transformed a backyard before, you probably have no idea how much your project should cost. This probably has you worried about getting taken advantage of or being hit with hidden charges halfway through your project.

Make sure you understand the cost of your investment upfront so you can make educated and informed decisions before any shovels hit the ground! An honest designer will never hide costs or potential savings from you.

This is why MasterPLAN provides you with a Budget Study that has a rough range of costs associated with your custom design, laid out ala carte. We take the time to thoroughly help you review your investment options and can also help you phase our designs overtime if needed. Operating off one master plan, we can help build your outdoor dreams all at once or in several phases to allow your investment to be broken up over time.

Planning a new backyard should be a very exciting experience, but we get how overwhelming it can be to picture what your backyard could look like and you might even be unsure how to start the process. You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN Outdoor Living, we believe that you deserve to be proud of your property as a whole and we don’t think you should be blindly navigating the challenges of an outdoor living project alone.

We believe in finding the appropriate balance between luxury living and an honest budgetThis is precisely why MasterPLAN has partnered with hundreds of Pennsylvania and New Jersey homeowners -just like you- to transform their backyards into remarkable outdoor living spaces. As your trusted and supportive partner, we will help you avoid outdoor renovation horror stories by guiding you through each step of the process.


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!

Transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space will maximize your home value, help you fall in love with your home all over again, and make your backyard a magnet to life’s most important moments!


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