Smart ways to invest your unused 2020 vacation funds in your home

Posted December 17, 2020 in 3D Design, Attached Roof System, Blog, Decks, Fire Feature, Landscape Design, Landscape Lighting, Patio and Walkway, Videos

While current circumstances have made traveling a toss-up for the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean your dream vacation should never become a reality. In fact, many homeowners have opted to invest their unused 2020 vacation funds into creating a backyard that feels like a resort. These homeowners have already seen a return on their investment and will continue to appreciate the memories it has created for years to come.

Here are a few smart ways you can invest in your backyard in 2021:

  • Build an outdoor living room that extends the footprint of your home

Who couldn’t use more living space? You can easily extend the footprint of your home by properly designing and building a new deck or patio. But just like inside your home, you will want to establish specific spaces for grilling and cooking your food, outdoor dining with your friends or family, and relaxing in your backyard.

Whether you have a small or large yard, planning zones will make sure your new space is comfortable and functional. This is how your custom, full-color MasterPLAN 3D design video shows you exactly how your layout will look and lets you feel how you will use your new space for all your outdoor activities.

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  • Build an attached roof system for shelter from the sun, rain, snow, and wind

Does the weather predict how often you can really enjoy your backyard? An attached roof system can help extend the use of your space by providing shelter from the rain, snow, wind, and sun. But what if you want to gaze up at the stars or enjoy the sun rays on a lovely spring afternoon?

Since we understand that you might not want your entire space completely covered, we don’t shy away from creating beautiful and functional hybrid structures by combining roof and pergola features in our custom-designed outdoor living spaces. This pergola and roof combination in Easton, Pennsylvania allows the Hannagan family to enjoy the sun when they want it and the shade when they need it.

Tour this roof and pergola combination in Easton, Pennsylvania→ 

  • Heat up your backyard with bromic heaters, a fire pit, or a custom fireplace

Deciding on the best option to heat your patio or deck in the Lehigh Valley could be difficult and all the options could feel overwhelming. You will need to check with your township or municipality for any ordinances you need to be mindful of or any permits that might be required.

At MasterPLAN Outdoor Living, we don’t think you should be left blindly navigating the challenges of communicating with your township or municipality about your fireplace or fire pit. Approvals can be tricky and could get expensive if you don’t know what steps to take. This is why we handle every step of your project including property research and obtaining permits for your new fire pit or custom fireplace.

Tips for Navigating Project Approvals without the Hassle → 

  • Install outdoor lighting for safety and security

It is often overlooked, but landscape lighting is a key element that enhances the details of your backyard and highlights its beauty. When properly planned and installed your landscape lighting can highlight details in your garden, silhouette your accent features, and more.

  • Create a 3, 5, or 10-year plan for your outdoor investment!

Sometimes, it’s just not feasible to build your dream backyard all at once. But, the beauty of designing your backyard transformation with MasterPLAN is that we can help you phase your backyard transformation overtime if needed!

“They managed every last detail and made the process completely seamless for us.” -Bartkavage Family

Our dedicated designers will help you visualize exactly what each phase of your project will look like, determine the cost of each phase, and oversee every step of your build. This will make sure you are never left feeling overextended financially and will ensure that you can always enjoy your new backyard-no matter what phase your project is in!

How to create an Outdoor Space without Breaking the Bank → 

We get that planning a project in your backyard can be intimidating and it’s difficult to know which investment is right for your home. You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we help you invest wisely when planning your new backyard so that you get the best return on your investment. We have helped hundreds of Pennsylvania and New Jersey homeowners – just like you – do more than just build a simple patio or deck. We helped them design and build a functional and timeless 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:

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!


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