What You Need to Know About Building a New Patio in Center Valley, PA

Posted March 3, 2022 in 3D Design, Blog, Design/Build, General, Patio and Walkway, Videos

Before building a new patio in Center Valley, Pennsylvania you will want to understand stormwater requirements, know what permits to pull, visualize how it will look, and understand how much it will cost. But, if you have never built a new patio before you could feel confused when it comes to taking the first step or making the first call.

Here’s what you need to know before building a new patio in Center Valley, Pennsylvania:

  • Understand stormwater requirements for your new outdoor living space

Dealing with a wet basement, water pooling, garage flooding, or township fines for negatively impacting the surrounding area is no fun! But with a proper stormwater management plan and design, these events can be minimized. In fact, if stormwater management is required by your township or municipality, you won’t even get through the permit process for your project until an engineered plan is created and the stormwater solution is approved!  No matter what company performs the work, you will run into the same issue. This is why it is extra important to rely on a company that doesn’t make this your problem to solve, but has the right knowledge and professionals in place to handle it for you.

Having control of the stormwater drainage around your home will protect your home’s foundation and ensure your outdoor living investment is not negatively impacting the surrounding areas. We know that stormwater management is a crucial component of a project’s success. This is why we have taken the time to study the requirements of our local townships, municipalities, and HOA’s. With this knowledge and experience, we are able to help you design a plan that accounts for the right setbacks, impervious coverage, and more!

What you need to know about stormwater management →

  • Know what permits you need for your new outdoor living space

There are many different permits and/or approvals that Lehigh County, Upper Saucon Township will require before you build a new patio or other outdoor structure. These include but may not be limited to: Zoning Permit, Grading Permit, Tree Removal Permit, Geothermal System/Geotechnical Evaluation Permit, Curb Cut Permit, On-Lot Sewage Disposal Permit OR Sewer Connection Permit, Septic Abandonment Permit, Water Connection Permit, Demolition Permit and more. If you apply for the wrong permits or not all of the required permits, you will surely have wasted time, frustration, and regret on your hands.

We know that working with townships, municipalities, and HOA’s can be stressful and confusing. This is why we make transforming your backyard stress-free by handling all communication with your township or municipality, developing your plans, obtaining your building permits, managing any and all engineering, scheduling your inspections, etc. Our team has had +30 years of experience working within our local municipalities. Our experience working within various municipalities and HOAs allows us to navigate their parameters and design a space that meets their specific requirements and standards.

How to Apply for Outdoor Permits in Upper Saucon Township →

  • Visualize what your new outdoor living space will look like

When it comes to seeing exactly what your new outdoor living space will look like, a 2-dimensional plan featuring measurements, setbacks, and rough drawings could be difficult to understand.

We know that visualization is the first crucial step in the journey to creating the backyard of your dreams. This is why we begin every project by helping you design and develop your very own custom 3D design video. This important tool helps you see exactly what your space will look like, make revisions, choose materials, and more!

3 Benefits of a 3D Design Video →

  • Know how much your new outdoor living space should cost

We know that you want a trusted and supportive partner that will help you visualize exactly what your backyard could look like and understand exactly how much it will cost.

This is why your custom full-color 3D design will include a Budget Study that provides a rough range of costs, laid out à la carte, so you can see the value of each piece to make educated decisions about your investment. By combining the design and build process you are able to eliminate surprises throughout construction and always feel comfortable and confident about every investment decision!

How Much Should a New Outdoor Living Space Cost? →

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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