Top 5 Reasons you should partner with a designer to transform your backyard

Posted May 14, 2020 in General, Landscape Design

The perfect backyard can provide a myriad of benefits, from increasing the value of your home to making your backyard a magnet to life’s most important moments. But when it comes to visualizing what your backyard could look like you probably have no clue what options are possible, no idea how long they should take, or know how much the project should cost.

The key difference between a project that maximizes your home value and a project that experiences construction delays, hidden costs, or mistakes is often one thing: a comprehensive design. At MasterPLAN, we believe the process of transforming your backyard should be simple, easy, and fun. This is why we are sharing the top 5 benefits of partnering with a designer to transform your backyard into an outdoor living space:

  • Visualize exactly what your space will look like

A 2D plan could save money initially, but it will fail to provide the big picture and oftentimes results in a homeowner and contractor with different visions. This miscommunication typically causes the homeowner to waste time, money, and space.

To eliminate the human errors that typically come with a 2D plan, partner with a designer that can help you visualize the possibilities of your backyard in full-color 3d model, and experience how your new space will connect with your home.

At MasterPLAN, we present you with a custom 3D Design that showcases vivid, lifelike imagery so you can feel like you’re cooking in your new outdoor kitchen, entertaining on your new patio, or enjoying a glass of wine by your new fire pit.

Seeing your new space in relation to the architecture of your home and existing features in your backyard will eliminate any surprises. Our Love your Design Guarantee creates an open, free-flowing conversation with the goal of creating a design that you completely fall in love with. This design-first approach will allow you to avoid any hidden charges by making any adjustments before construction begins!

  • Walkthrough every detail of your space and understand your selections

Your finish and material selections will determine how often you are maintaining your new space versus how often you are enjoying it. Make sure to carefully consider and understand the maintenance each option will require!

From choosing between deck material, patio pavers, or fireplace stone an experienced designer can help you understand the short-and long-term maintenance and upkeep associated with each option.

At MasterPLAN, we use our experience to articulate the pros and cons of each option, so you can make educated decisions for your family and home. We help you select durable, reliable, and versatile material that will stand the test of time, provide years of worry-free enjoyment, and fit your desired maintenance commitment.

  • Understand your investment options and make educated decisions

While a contractor can deliver a simple deck, patio, or pool, they neglect to see the big picture. They are typically only focused on fulfilling a contract and getting paid so they can move onto the next project.

You will probably want to see a menu of options so you can make educated decisions about your investment and understand how they will add value to your home. Partnering with a designer will allow you to discuss your goals, define your budget, and develop a unique plan to achieve your dream backyard all at once or overtime.

At MasterPLAN, we provide you with a Budget Study that will outline a rough range of cost, laid out ala carte. Your Budget Study will help you understand your investment and determine if you can build your project all at once or phase your vision over time.

Phasing a project will allow your budget to be broken up over time so you aren’t ever left feeling overextended financially. The beauty of our proven process is that your backyard will always look complete no matter what phase of the project!

  • Eliminate the hassle of communicating with your township

Obtaining architectural drawings, filing for permits, attending variance hearings, and scheduling inspections for your project takes time, money, and experience.

An experienced outdoor living designer can help eliminate the stress and hassle of administrative work throughout your project so you can focus on planning how you will enjoy your new outdoor living space.

At MasterPLAN, we make transforming your backyard stress and hassle-free by handling all aspects of your project! We do all the heavy lifting to complete your build including property research, communicating with your township or municipality, developing your plans, obtaining your building permits, managing any and all engineering, scheduling your inspections, and more!

  • Communicate with one point of contact

Evaluating contractor capabilities, verifying licensing, insurance, or references, coordinating multiple trades, and managing schedules can be intimidating and frustrating without experience!

Partnering with a designer will streamline your project by providing you with one point of communication and a pool of reliable and trusted craftsmen that have the proven ability to complete your project.

MasterPLAN’s proven design-build process promotes the highest levels of collaboration and efficiency among all team members by providing a single source of responsibility for all aspects of your project. Your MasterPLAN designer will coordinate with our trusted construction specialists to ensure the vision you have for your backyard comes to life effortlessly throughout your build! Your dedicated designer will be in the field checking in with construction crews frequently and providing detailed updates to you and your family every step of the way.

Planning a new backyard is a very exciting experience, but we get that it is a significant investment and you might be questioning the value a designer will bring to your project. You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners- just like you-  to build more than just a deck, patio, or pool. We helped them design and build an outdoor living space that maximizes 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:

CallSchedule 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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