How to establish a budget for your outdoor living space

Posted December 10, 2020 in 3D Design, Blog, Outdoor Kitchen, Patio and Walkway, Videos

A deck, patio, pool, or roof structure could be a great investment for your home in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. But, since design options are unlimited, it’s easy to fall in love with a vision that you cannot afford or a project design that just won’t work in your backyard. This is why a meticulously planned project budget and construction plan are key elements of every successful outdoor living project.

Here are three tips that can help you establish a budget for your backyard renovation project:

  • What is the value of your home? 

For exterior renovations or additions, some studies recommend that you spend at least 20-30% of your home value to see a return on your investment. But ultimately, how much you spend on your outdoor living space is determined by the amount of money you really want to invest in your home and how much value you really think it’s going to bring to your family.

“Investing in our property was one of the best decisions we have ever made.  It has redefined how we use our home. I would highly recommend working with MasterPLAN to establish your budget, define your vision, and build the backyard of your dreams!!” -Yaeger Family

We know you don’t want to waste your time or your money; so we take the time to understand how you want to use your new space. Part of our initial phone call with every client includes a conversation about the project budget and goals. Since we believe there is more than one way to look at the value of your home we do more than just design and build you a patio, deck, or roof structure. We ask questions and offer solutions to ensure you are designing and building features that add the most value to your home and offer the best return on your investment.

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  • How long do you plan to live in your home?

The beauty of designing your backyard transformation with a master plan is that you could phase your budget over time. This can help make sure you never feel overextended financially throughout your build. But it is important to consider things like site access, usability, local codes, approvals, engineering, and many other things when phasing a project!

“We had no idea what we were going to do with our backyard and didn’t know how to properly establish our budget! Josh helped us create a plan and broke it up into two phases to keep in line with our budget. We are able to enjoy every feature of Phase I and cannot wait to start the next phase!” -Zolfaghari Family

Nothing is worse than an investment you cannot enjoy. This is why we strategically plan all phases of your project to save you time, money, and headaches down the road. By helping you establish your short and long-term goals we will help you create a plan that will make your backyard feel comfortable and complete no matter what phase of construction it is in!

Learn more about phasing your backyard transformation →

  • What are my goals for this space?

Knowing your goals for your investment is crucial to the success of your project. If you are planning to host large dinner parties and mingling with friends, you’re probably going to opt for an open concept layout on your patio or deck. But if intimate gatherings are more your style you will probably want a closer connection and features that set a relaxing mood.

With comfort and functionality in mind, we help you visualize the possibilities for your space and select features that perfectly complement your home, style, and goals. When this family thought they wanted an outdoor kitchen in Allentown, Pennsylvania, our custom 3D design video allowed them to see how it would connect with their home. The Hannagan family quickly realized that a low-maintenance porch complete with a roof structure and pergola was what they really needed to accommodate their goals for their new backyard.

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We get how overwhelming it can be if you don’t know where to start when establishing a budget for your outdoor project. You are not alone!

When you partner with MasterPLAN, you never have to worry about your project budget. We have helped hundreds of homeowners – just like you – do more than just build a simple patio or deck. We eliminated all of the stress that can come with a construction project by overseeing every aspect of their project management including budget monitoring.

By combining the design and construction process our clients enjoy the experience of designing and building an outdoor living space that maximizes their home’s value, helps them fall in love with their home all over again, and makes their backyard a magnet for life’s most important moments!

Here’s how to start the process:

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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