The days of wooden decks and concrete patios are behind us-thankfully! This is because your backyard could increase your livable square footage and should improve your home’s resale value. These days homeowners are opting for a comprehensive outdoor living space filled with features that make their backyard a magnet to life’s most important moments. But you have to know where to start.
Before you seek out a hefty DIY project or contact a patio, deck, or pool contractor, you need to make sure to ask these crucial questions:
Tackling a backyard project can seem intimidating but taking it on one step at a time will make it less overwhelming. Establishing your budget is the best way to start planning your project and we are here to help.
Part of our initial phone call with every client includes a conversation about the project budget. Because design options are unlimited, the worst thing that you can do is fall in love with a backyard design that you can’t afford. This is why establishing a budget should be the first step of your project.
Sure, this renovation is a huge investment for you, but for your regular down-the-street contractor, it’s just another job. It is unlikely that your contractor will help you visualize all the possibilities for your backyard or how all features will fit and flow together! Nor will they guide you in selecting the right features, materials, or finishes. This is why it is important to have a partner who will help you answer questions like:
Initially, this family wanted to hire a contractor for a stamped concrete patio in Orefield, Pennsylvania. But this backyard had way more potential. We helped them visualize features that offered protection from the sun, wind, rain, & snow, prevented the dogs from dragging mud onto the new patio & deck, and more!
Most decks made with normal pressure-treated wood only look decent for 5-10 years and require maintenance every 12 months. Therefore investing in a wood deck is probably not going to provide a great return on your investment, but it is guaranteed to require your time to maintain.
When this family was tired of baking on their old wood deck in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania we helped them reimagine a new backyard. The new space is filled with features that add value to their home such as a low-maintenance deck, roof structure, hot-tub, fire pit, and more! This fun-loving couple loves hosting their grown children and their kids in their beautiful new outdoor living space!
“The memories we’ve already created in this new backyard are priceless! Our kids and grandchildren love visiting and we enjoy seeing them more often!” -Snyder Family
Planning a new backyard is a very exciting process, but we get how overwhelming it can be if you don’t know where to start and have no idea what questions to ask. You are not alone!
This is precisely why we have offered our Love your Design Guarantee to hundreds of homeowners just like you! We helped them design and build an 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 to start the process:
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!
CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR DESIGN MEETING!
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