How To Pull a Permit for Your New Outdoor Living Space

Posted October 5, 2023 in 3D Design, Blog, Decks, Design/Build, General, outdoor design, Outdoor Living Room, Pool, Videos

Obtaining building permits for outdoor projects in the Lehigh Valley can feel like an added stress, but it is an important step in ensuring your project meets all necessary regulations. Even if you’re not making any major structural changes to your home, most outdoor projects will require a building and/or zoning permit.

While the specific process may vary depending on your location, the general steps for obtaining building permits in the Lehigh Valley are typically consistent. If you’re planning to build a new deck, pool, or another outdoor project, here are the steps you’ll need to follow to secure the necessary permits:

  • Submit your permit application

Many municipalities offer online resources for downloading and printing permits, applications, and forms. However, navigating the permit process can be challenging, even for experienced individuals. Depending on your scope of work, your project could require separate permits, such as grading, plumbing, electrical, and heating/cooling. And if you fail to obtain the correct permit it could result in fines and other expensive hassles.

So, instead of burdening you with these confusing yet essential tasks, our experienced team takes care of all aspects of your build. From creating plans to securing building permits to coordinating engineering and inspections, we are with you every step of the way and handle all the heavy lifting to get your project designed, approved, and built so you focus on the things that matter.

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  • Prepare your plans

Depending on the size, type, and scope of your project, it is important to be aware that your State law may require a licensed engineer. And if you are located within a homeowner association you could be required to show detailed blueprints, material specifications, and full-color renderings in order to accurately envision the impact of your project on surrounding areas. This could be difficult without the right designer and build partners. Which could leave you with construction delays and expensive change orders.

At MasterPLAN, we understand that visualization is critical especially when it comes to the permitting and approval process. That’s why we use our award-winning tools and tap into our extensive design/build experience to help you create a custom full-color 3D design video that lets you see exactly how your new space will look and feel how it will connect to your home and surrounding area. This personalized video will showcase both daytime and nighttime views, providing an immersive experience with realistic imagery and enhanced perspectives of all the intricate details. By seeing exactly how your space will look and function beforehand, you’ll be able to streamline the approval process and expedite construction.

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  • Complete your construction & schedule your inspections 

Due to the variability of building codes and regulations across different locations, project inspections can often be a source of stress for many homeowners and this is often why they hesitate to take on a renovation project. We understand that managing permits, plans, construction, and inspections can be challenging, time-consuming, and overwhelming.

That’s why we take care of all communication with your township or municipality, develop detailed 3D designs and engineered plans for your project, obtain all necessary permits, and coordinate every step of your inspection process for you. With our proven design/build model, easy-to-understand project management tools, and dedicated team, you can relax knowing that everything is taken care of efficiently and professionally while you enjoy watching your project come to life without stress and hassle!

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Are you looking to build a new outdoor kitchen in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania to enjoy a summer of meals outside, remodel and renovate your existing pool in Allentown, Pennsylvania so your grandkids can enjoy it all summer, or build a custom outdoor living space that will create lasting memories? If so, then look no further. Because we understand the importance of getting value for your investment and want you to avoid having the hassle of coordinating with multiple crews or dealing with complicated plans, permits, or approvals. That’s why we are proud to partner with homeowners in the Lehigh Valley to help them avoid wasting time, money, and space when it comes to transforming their backyard into a custom outdoor living space.

Our award-winning design/build process ensures that all engineering, project management, contractor scheduling, inspections, permit applications, and other essential details for your new custom outdoor living space in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania are taken care of for you by experienced, reliable, & trustworthy professionals. You’ll never have to worry about communicating with your HOA or township either. So relax and watch your dream outdoor living space come alive as we handle all of the heavy lifting so that you can focus on planning how you will enjoy your new custom outdoor living space.

Here’s how you can get started today:

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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