How to get your backyard ready for 2021

Posted January 7, 2021 in 3D Design, Design/Build, Landscape Design, Videos

Cold, rain, snow, and wind typically don’t inspire Lehigh Valley homeowners to think about a project in their backyard. But if building a new deck, patio, pool or roof is part of your 2021 goals it is important to get a head start on your project before it’s too late. Here are a few reasons you should start your backyard project during the winter months:

  •  Expedite approvals and permits

Studies have reported that building permits in the United States reached a 14-year high in 2020 and are expected to remain in high-demand throughout 2021. This is because it is crucial to make sure you have obtained the proper approvals and permits before you begin construction on your new outdoor living pace.

We realize that obtaining construction permits can be frustrating and navigating the approval process can be intimidating. This is why we handle all communication with your township or municipality, obtain permits and the necessary documentation needed for construction, manage your outdoor project approvals, and oversee your project inspections. With over 30-years of experience in various municipalities, we know the local building codes and can help save you time and money throughout the permitting, approval, and inspection process.

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  • Invest time in proper planning

As we hide from winter weather indoors, many of us could find ourselves daydreaming about the summer sun. Maybe you’d like to soak up the sun on a new patio, relax under a pergola with a good book, or host an elegant dinner party on your new deck.

No matter what your outdoor living goals are, we can help you visualize all the possibilities and let you feel how every feature will connect with your home. Your very own custom 3D design will let you feel exactly how you will use each part of your new backyard, explore how many people each zone can accommodate, see how your furniture will fit in your new space, and more! This will eliminate any surprises during your build and give confidence that you are making the right investment for your home and family.

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  • Take Advantage of Winter Weather

When it comes to building a patio, deck, roof, or other outdoor living project in the Lehigh Valley, most people think spring and summer are the best times to start. However, early winter can actually be the best time to start your new outdoor space in Bethlehem, Center Valley, Easton, Orefield, Coopersburg, or other parts of the Lehigh Valley.

Rain, mud, and humidity can cause construction delays by making it difficult to dig or slowing down the curing process for concrete. This is why you should take advantage of the winter months to create a plan that you absolutely fall in love with! We will help you create a comprehensive master plan to efficiently streamline your construction schedule and optimize your budget. This will ensure you are never wasting precious time or valuable money throughout your build.

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Planning a new backyard should be a very exciting experience, but we get that it is a significant investment. You might feel overwhelmed thinking about managing the design, permits, budget, construction bids, patio or deck contractors, and all the other important details of your project in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos, or Western New Jersey. You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners– just like you- to take all the heavy lifting out of their backyard transformation. Our proven process has helped them design and build award-winning outdoor living spaces that maximize their home value, helped them fall in love with their home all over again, and made their backyard a magnet to life’s most important moments!

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!

CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR DESIGN MEETING!

(610) 628-2480

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