Top Features That Will Keep Your Outdoor Living Space Cozy This Fall

Posted October 6, 2022 in 3D Design, Attached Roof System, Blog, Decks, Design/Build, Fire Feature, General, Infrared Heater, Outdoor Kitchen, Outdoor Technology, Patio and Walkway, Phantom Screen, Pool, Videos

Whether it’s a fully built-out, brick-surrounded fireplace with a mantle, a new built-in fire pit, bromic heaters, or simply just enough free space to accommodate a portable fire table, most homeowners want a feature that will help keep them warm and comfortable in their new outdoor living space. But, if you select the wrong feature to keep you warm and cozy, you could get stuck with an investment that you never use or a feature that takes up too much space.

This is why it’s important to consider all your options when it comes to selecting outdoor features that will keep your space warm, cozy, and dry all year long. Here are some of our top comfort features for fall outdoor living spaces:

  • Attached roof structure 

Any homeowner living in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania realizes that our weather and seasons predict how much time we can enjoy outside in our backyards. If you don’t want the weather to dictate your outdoor living goals, it is important to consider an attached roof system when designing your new covered patio, new covered deck, new custom outdoor kitchen, or new inground swimming pool in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Not only will a covered deck protect your investment, but it will also extend the use and enjoyment of your outdoor living space. An attached roof system will provide shelter from the rain, wind, and cold so you can spend more time outdoors and extend the enjoyment of your space by up to +3–months!

The Benefits of a Backyard Attached Roof System →

  • Fire feature

Fire features have the aesthetic ability to make an outdoor living space come to life and exude the feeling of natural serenity. But, not all fire features work for everyone’s lifestyle, and if you choose the wrong fire feature for your outdoor living space you could get stuck with an investment you never use.

If your vision is a huge gathering with all your favorite family members and friends, a larger, built-in fire pit, complete with a functional and attractive seating wall might be the best solution. However, if snuggling up by the fire with a good book and a glass of wine is more your style you’re probably going to prefer a smaller, more practical fire solution. When you partner with MasterPLAN, your custom 3D design will help you see and feel how you will interact with your new fire pit, how many people you will be able to host, and how it will look in your new outdoor living space.

What You NEED to Know Before Building a Fire Pit →

  • Infrared heaters 

Made with both function and design in mind, infrared heaters can offer direct warmth to your new outdoor living space in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. These efficient systems are powered by a convenient remote control and can be adjusted to operate at half capacity or full capacity. But, it is important to properly place your infrared heaters to optimize functionality.

We know that properly placing your infrared heaters will optimize your comfort and ensure you aren’t wasting money on unnecessary utility costs. This is why we help you find the perfect placement for your infrared heaters during our design phase! Seeing exactly where your infrared heaters will be placed will eliminate surprises during construction and allow you to feel comfortable and confident with your decisions.

  • Phantom Screens

Phantom Screen systems are customized ceiling-to-floor retractable screens that provide a seamless flow from the indoor to outdoor living spaces. Phantom screens will still allow you to enjoy the view of your new outdoor living space while also allowing natural ventilation and keeping out pesky insects and harmful UV rays. In the colder months, studies have shown that vinyl Phantom Screen systems can trap warm air inside and can help reduce drafts and your heat bill! But only when they are designed and installed properly.

If you are considering a Phantom Screen system make sure you are using a trusted installer because installation can be tricky and eliminate your warranty if not done properly. When you work with MasterPLAN, we will help you handle all aspects of your build including obtaining an industry-leading warranty for your new Phantom Screens and professional installation.

What you need to know about Phantom Screens →

Designing and building a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that you don’t want to work with a contractor that will waste your money and you don’t want to get stuck wasting your valuable time managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other important details.  You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners – just like you – to eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley.  We make your unique journey stress-free by using our award-winning design/build process to handle all communication with your HOA and township, develop your plans, obtain your building permits, manage any and all engineering, schedule your inspections and so much more!

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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