What is an Outdoor Living Space?

Posted December 9, 2021 in 3D Design, Attached Roof System, Blog, Decks, Design/Build, Fire Feature, Furniture, General, Outdoor Kitchen, Water Feature

The key to outdoor living is to take elements of your everyday life and make them happen outdoors. This way you can enjoy nature’s innate healing powers from the comfort of your own home and encourage your family and friends to join you by offering a comfortable and convenient place to create life’s most important memories. But, not all outdoor spaces are created equally.

Just like the interior of our homes, these outdoor spaces should reflect our lifestyle, tastes, and needs. You need the space to be functional and practical so it welcomes you outside…not just a boring patio or deck. Here are some key things to keep in mind when designing and building an outdoor living space:

  • Functionality 

Your outdoor living space doesn’t have to be a boring, lifeless deck that causes splinters and is a headache to maintain. You deserve a space that is beautiful, functional and welcomes you outdoors. However, it’s difficult to visualize how you will use your new outdoor living space and you have no idea how to select the best deck materials in the Lehigh Valley. You need to have a clear understanding of your own needs and lifestyle and keep functionality at the forefront of your planning.

A critical step of planning a new outdoor living space is planning three zones. Each zone should be dedicated to grilling, dining, and lounging. But no space should be the same! Each zone should be planned around your lifestyle and outdoor living goals.

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  • Comfort 

If your new outdoor living space is not comfortable, you will never engage your space! This will leave you with an investment that you never use and a space that costs too much money to maintain. This is why it’s important to make sure your new outdoor living space is comfortable!

More often than not people want to push an outdoor sofa against one wall, add a couple of chairs against another, and maybe throw an outdoor dining table in the middle. But arranging furniture is something that requires a little more planning. This is why we begin every MasterPLAN project with furniture first! This allows us to design a space around your outdoor living goals, style preferences, and traffic flow.

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  • Amenities

With new technology, outdoor living spaces are more stylish than ever. Some popular features include outdoor televisions and fully equipped sound systems, magnificent fireplaces, fully equipped outdoor kitchens, water features, and more! There really is no limit when it comes to adding features to your new outdoor living space these days, but it all comes down to what features work best for your home, lifestyle, and outdoor living goals.

If your goal is to work outside more, then you need to focus on adding features such as a robust wifi system, screens that can help with bug prevention and sun glare, and furniture that can accommodate a working environment. But if you’re working with a contractor that specializes in building only outdoor kitchens, they’re probably not going to help you select amenities that are the most practical for your needs!

This is why we take the time to talk through and understand your outdoor living goals! Our proven process and client engagement strategies help you uncover exactly how you want to use your space so we can help you design and build the perfect outdoor living space complete with amenities that will enhance your everyday lifestyle!

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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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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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