Tips for Planning the ‘Phased’ Outdoor Living Space

Posted February 9, 2023 in 3D Design, Attached Roof System, Blog, Covered Patio, Decks, Design/Build, General, Pool, Videos

The first step to enhancing your backyard is to use your imagination. So don’t be afraid to dream big! This means you should envision your backyard as a canvas and use your imagination as the inspiration to create the perfect backdrop for the kid’s graduation parties, the ideal place to host dinner parties, and the most relaxing spot in the neighborhood.

But unfortunately, the perfect outdoor space doesn’t just happen. It takes time…planning…and perfect execution. So, to make your life easier and ensure you get the best return on your investment, it’s imperative that you work with a professional who can plan your build-out in phases if your future plans exceed your current budget.

Here are a few tips to help you optimize your budget when building a new outdoor living space:

  • Plan big! 

Working with a contractor means you will receive a new patio, deck, or pool within your budget. But, oftentimes that means compromising on design, planning, and the return on your investment. This is because contractors neglect to see the big picture like your future kids jumping into a swimming pool to celebrate the last day of school, the graduation parties you will host when your children complete high school, or the baby shower you will host for your future daughter-in-law. The problem is these are the special moments that you NEED to plan for because they are exactly why you are investing in your home.

Here’s the thing, when you work with the right partner, you can preplan for future phases. But, unfortunately, we get that it’s easy to dream big. What’s not so easy is planning big! However, if you work with an experienced professional to plan your short-term and long-term outdoor living goals you could create a custom 3D design video that will allow you to visualize every phase of your new space. This big picture will enable you to feel confident and comfortable about all your investment decisions while helping you understand exactly how your new space will look in every phase.

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  • Budget Control 

Our 3D design program has no heart and it can easily spend every dollar of your budget quickly. This is why it is important for us to define rough budget parameters early in the process. By helping you build a custom budget study, we ensure that we aren’t wasting time and money designing an outdoor living space that will never be built.

You will save time by leveraging your designer’s knowledge and experience to evaluate and select the best design, features, and details for your new outdoor living space. Your custom budget study is designed to be a rough range of historical costs similar to projects we have done in the past. This will help you understand exactly how much your project will cost and make sure you are receiving the best return on your investment.

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  • Time to test your planning decisions

Designing your dream backyard is full of decision after decision and it gets overwhelming fast. But, when you phase the build of your new outdoor living space over time, it really allows you to ‘test’ your design decisions before you commit to your full build-out.

A master plan realizes the full outdoor space all at once, then the build can occur in phases.  Designs never expire, so if there are slight adjustments to the next phase when it is time to revisit the idea, they can be easily accomplished.

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Whether it’s a simple covered porch, or a custom outdoor living space complete with an inground swimming pool, multiple water features, a fireplace, and a hot tub, we know the right design will help you provide the perfect place to create lifelong memories.  But, we understand why you don’t want to work with a contractor who will waste your money and of course, you don’t have time to waste managing multiple crews, reviewing contracts, filing permit applications with your municipality, and other important details.  So, let us eliminate the stress and hassle!

We have partnered with hundreds of homeowners – just like you – to make your unique transformation journey stress-free. Our award-winning design/build process will make sure you never need to communicate with your HOA and township or deal with the hassle of obtaining building permits, engineering, scheduling, or inspections. We will handle all the heavy lifting when it comes to designing & building your new outdoor living space –while keeping you updated every step of the way! This way you can enjoy watching it come to life and feel completely confident you will be proud of your investment.

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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In the meantime, download your exclusive copy of the Top 5 Design Secrets your Contractor Doesn’t Know. So you can stop fearing that you will make the wrong decisions about your new outdoor living space and instead be confident when selecting the right firm to help transform your backyard into the outdoor living space you always dreamed of!

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