How to Turn Your Home Into a Staycation Resort

Posted April 14, 2022 in 3D Design, Blog, Decks, Design/Build, Fire Feature, General, Outdoor Kitchen, Outdoor Technology, Pergola, Pool, Videos, Water Feature

Longing to escape your daily stress? Need a space to unwind after a long day at work? Summertime entertainment and relaxation don’t have to mean packing up all your belongings to take a trip away from home for a few days. The most enjoyable outdoor retreats incorporate the things you are familiar with, elements you are comfortable with, and features that enhance your lifestyle all year long!

Here are some tips that can help turn your basic backyard into a staycation paradise:

  • Plan your layout & connect to your home

A critical part of planning a new outdoor living space is planning three separate zones that are appropriately sized and complement your lifestyle. If you are a gourmet chef that frequently prepares meals from scratch, you’re probably going to want a spacious kitchen with chef-caliber appliances and plenty of counter space. But, if you only cook outside a few times a year a simple grill is probably the better investment.

Appreciating the true size, look, and feel of a new space is difficult without the right experience and visualization. However, many deck, pool, and patio contractors in the Lehigh Valley lack the tools, resources, and expertise to show their clients exactly how their new space will look and feel how it will connect to their home. This leaves their new space looking like an eyesore and feeling disconnected from their home.

At MasterPLAN, we know visualization is the first crucial step in the journey to creating the perfect layout that naturally connects to your home. This is why your designer will use a custom 3D, full-color, design video to show you exactly how your new space will look and connect to your home. With vivid, 3D imagery you will be able to interact with the space, feel how each feature will be utilized, and see how everything fits, flows, and functions together. This important tool eliminates surprises, improves collaboration efforts, and ensures you know exactly how your space will look and feel.

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  • Select low-maintenance materials for your new outdoor living space

No one should need to worry about replacing boards on a 30+ year old rotting deck before they can safely grill and entertain their family and friends outside. We work too hard to afford our homes and shouldn’t need to waste all our time maintaining our space.

This is why we help our clients select high-quality, low-maintenance materials that have the best warranties, like TimberTech or Azek composite decking, which can last for 30+ years! With a strong appreciation for architecture and unmatched material knowledge, your dedicated designer will help you select low-maintenance materials that optimize the lifetime of your investment, colors & finishes that complement your home, furniture that enhances your lifestyle, and more.

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  • Invest in features that the whole family will love

Sitting around a built-in fire pit roasting s’mores sounds lovely, but if you only use it once or twice a year is a new built-in fire pit in Center Valley, Pennsylvania really the best investment? A new inground swimming pool with a swim-up pool bar, fountains, and sun-shelf for tanning probably sounds awesome, but if you only have one hour a week to maintain your new outdoor living space, is a new inground swimming pool in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania really the best investment?

We know that each property and family is unique. So as designers we believe it’s our job to help you define and discover exactly what your staycation could look like and build it free from stress and hassle. This can be anything from an inground swimming pool with (or without!) the bells and whistles, to shade structures equipped with fun features like a new outdoor television to watch your favorite shows or a beautiful pergola with a fire feature to relax and enjoy your favorite book. The possibilities are endless and when you partner with the right outdoor living design/build firm, your dreams can be easily translated into the perfect space for your home and your family.  Each property and family is unique, so let’s discover what your staycation could mean for you!!

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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