How to Keep Your Outdoor Project on Budget

Posted February 10, 2022 in 3D Design, Blog, Decks, Design/Build, General, Patio and Walkway

When it comes to building a new outdoor living space in Upper Saucon Township, Pennsylvania there is a wide range of investment levels to choose from. But, if you have no clue how much something should cost, determining your budget can be a real challenge.

Going for the cheapest contractor sounds nice when looking at your wallet, but if they lack the qualifications, resources, design knowledge, and efficiency to complete the project your costs will quickly spiral out of control. This is why it’s important to understand feature costs, how your selections will impact the costs of your project, and what qualifications your partner has to confirm that your investment will be true to market.

Here are three things to keep in mind to ensure your project stays on budget:

  • Understand your options and how the pricing is developed

When it comes to determining project costs, it is important to partner with a company that is completely transparent. Strategic pricing based on industry knowledge, projections, and build experience can help you make educated decisions about how, when, and where you will build your project.

“We had no idea how much it would cost to reimagine our backyard, so we put it off for so long! If we knew it was this easy we would’ve started years ago!” – Rakhmanine Residence

We never want it to be a guessing game when it comes to investing in your home. This is why we eliminate any stress and rushed decisions by providing you with an initial budget study following your custom 3D outdoor living design video.

Your budget study will provide a rough range of costs, laid out à la carte, with important details about each possibility, feature, and finish. This will aid in making important decisions that impact the short and long-term investment of your project.

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  • Discuss alternatives and longevity

Being able to have open and honest conversations with your design-build partner is crucial.  For example, a patio and staircase could end up eating the valuable square footage of your space, essentially costing you more than a seamless transition deck! This is why it’s important to understand how the decisions you make about materials, designs, and features will impact your budget. But if you don’t have the proper support it might be difficult to evaluate these decisions and make the best selection for your home and family.

At MasterPLAN, we know every budget, lifestyle, and home is different. This is why we are committed to educating our clients throughout the entire process. As designers who build, we think and operate differently. We won’t utilize expensive change-orders and fancy materials to increase a project’s costs if it’s not warranted. Our design-first approach makes sure you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to selecting every detail for your new outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley.

  • Consider phasing your project

If you partner with the wrong deck, pool, or patio contractor in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, it’s easy to get carried away wanting the “whole shebang” all at once. But, for many homeowners, this just isn’t feasible.

We know defining the full scope of work in one master plan from the beginning is crucial. This is why we use a custom, full-color, 3D design to help you visualize exactly what your backyard will look like throughout every phase of your build. This proven process eliminates surprises during your construction process by allowing you to see exactly how each feature will play into the other in a phased construction.

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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