Most Commonly Asked Outdoor Living Questions

Posted September 7, 2023 in 3D Design, Attached Roof System, Blog, Covered Patio, Design/Build, Fence, Fire Feature, Furniture, General, Landscape Design, outdoor design, Outdoor Living Room, Patio and Walkway, Pool, Water Feature

Outdoor living is a popular trend that continues to add value to homes all over the world. So it is no wonder that there are several commonly asked questions about what outdoor living truly means.

Homeowners often seek advice and information on how to enhance their outdoor spaces, make them more functional and enjoyable, and create a harmonious connection between the indoors and outdoors. But, most homeowners in Eastern Pennsylvania have reported frustrations about finding a partner who can go beyond building a boring paver patio or dated wood deck.

With the growing popularity of outdoor living, it is essential to find a partner that can provide valuable insights to help you maximize your outdoor space and fully embrace the beauty and tranquility of nature. So here are some commonly asked outdoor living questions to help you get started:

  • Can I renovate my existing pool instead of starting over? 

Yes! With the right design and plan, it is usually possible to renovate an existing swimming pool without starting completely over. The good news is our team is highly skilled in pool area upgrades that are designed to maintain the integrity of your current pool. Through our unique approach, we can enhance the visual aesthetic of your pool area without resorting to complete removal or demolition. This not only saves you valuable time but also streamlines your construction to ensure you are doing things the right way. You can trust us to provide your pool with a revitalized appearance while ensuring its functionality remains intact.

How to Update the Patio Around Your Pool →

  • Where should I put my fence around my pool? 

When it comes to installing a new fence in Pennsylvania, there are important regulations to consider. These regulations govern the height, spacing, and inspections required for your fencing project. However, navigating through these strict zoning requirements can sometimes result in a fence that may make your pool area feel confined. This could result in an investment that is rarely used.

We understand that dealing with townships and municipalities can be overwhelming, especially when it involves keeping up with zoning changes, permit applications, and inspection schedules. That’s why we’re here to relieve you of this stress and handle all aspects of your project. From developing your plans to filing permits and working alongside our trusted partners in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, we take care of it all. We even schedule your pool inspections in the Lehigh Valley! So, let us handle the hassle so you never need to worry if your investment is compliant with local codes.

How To Pull a Permit for Your New Outdoor Living Space →

  • How do I choose materials that will match my home? 

Creating a strong connection between the interior and the new exterior of your home in Northampton County, Pennsylvania can greatly enhance its value. But only if your material selections complement your home’s existing architecture. Achieving this architectural connection requires careful planning and the use of design software to effectively communicate ideas. Without proper visualization, homeowners and contractors often find themselves with conflicting expectations, leading to frustrations and unnecessary expenses during the construction of their new outdoor space.

At MasterPLAN, we understand the importance of visualization in creating an architectural connection to your home. That’s why our designers utilize a custom 3D, full-color design video to showcase exactly how your new outdoor living space will look and connect with your home. Through vibrant imagery and interactive features, you can experience the functionality and flow of each zone, ensuring a seamless connection between your indoor and outdoor areas. This invaluable tool eliminates surprises, enhances collaboration efforts, and provides you with complete confidence in your investment before you spend any money on construction.

  • What are some of the outdoor living trends that add the most value? 

In 2024, multifunctional living spaces will remain a top trend due to the changing dynamics of our lives and work. Homeowners are increasingly seeking versatile spaces that can easily transition to accommodate various activities, such as dinner parties and gatherings. So, creating an outdoor living space that can effortlessly transform from an intimate gathering for family members to a large graduation party for your kids is key.

Additionally, incorporating multiple seating options such as accent walls around a custom built-in fireplace ensures everyone always has a place to sit while sharing their favorite stories and enjoying roasted marshmallows. The prediction is that flexible layouts and adaptable spaces will continue to dominate outdoor living areas in 2024. Therefore it is wise to select designs and furniture that can grow with you and your family before making any final decisions

  • Can I build my dream outdoor living space over time? 

When it comes to the phasing process, it’s important to find a balance between meeting desires and understanding the interconnected nature of structures & construction. There is a significant amount of planning that goes on behind the scenes, often unbeknownst to homeowners. Throughout the phasing process, you must take various factors into account. This includes considering site access both presently and in the future, coordinating material purchases, and executing foundational work for future phases with precise timelines. And you also need to worry about the weather cooperating and balancing several projects at a time!

But, by strategically planning for future phases ahead of time, both time and money can be saved in the long run. So, it is essential to choose a partner who can combine the design and build process to keep budget, efficiency, and landscape aesthetics in mind during each phase of completion as well. A well-executed project should appear as though it is already complete with zero indication of future phases underway. Sadly, many deck and patio contractors fall short when it comes to this level of expertise. Therefore, we highly recommend working with a proven design/build firm especially when it comes to phasing a project.

Phasing your outdoor living project →

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 don’t want you to have 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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If you’re considering a custom outdoor living space, we have the perfect resource for you. For a limited time, download an exclusive copy of  “Your Guide to Building a Custom Outdoor Living Space,” and rest easy knowing you’re making the right investment in your home. With this tool, you can stop worrying and start creating the custom outdoor living space of your dreams today!

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