Who Should You Hire to Build an Outdoor Living Space?

Posted June 23, 2022 in 3D Design, Attached Roof System, Blog, Decks, Design/Build, Furniture, General, Patio and Walkway, Videos

Using a porch or deck contractor in the Lehigh Valley means you will receive a delivery of wood, and they will build you a new porch or deck in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania…end of story.

What your new covered porch or deck in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania will probably lack is creativity, functionality, and comfort features that truly make it an extension of your home. This is because most covered porch or deck contractors in the Lehigh Valley lack the tools, resources, and experience to design and build an outdoor living space that enhances your lifestyle and increases the value of your home. This typically leaves homeowners frustrated with a cookie-cutter design that doesn’t align with their vision & goals and a build that is delayed, plagued with mistakes and expensive change orders, or left incomplete!

Here are 4 reasons you should hire a design/build team to transform your backyard into an outdoor living space:

  • Visualize exactly how your new space will look

A design-first approach to your new deck or porch will allow you to carefully plan the layout, understand how it will connect with your home, and feel how you will use every feature of your new space. This is why our designers help you visualize exactly what your new covered porch or deck in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania will look like through a custom, full-color, 3D design video that features real, life-like imagery, people, pets, and surrounding areas.

With vivid, 3-D imagery you will be able to interact with the space, feel how each feature will be utilized, see how everything fits, flows, and functions together along with a furniture plan, and more. This important tool eliminates surprises, improves collaboration efforts, and ensures you know exactly how your space will look and feel.

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  • Understand how much it will cost

The cost of your new outdoor living space in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania will depend on a range of factors, including material selections, design features, existing site conditions, and more. This is why the most important step of your project will be establishing a realistic budget so that you never feel overextended financially when it comes to your build.

We realize that building an outdoor living space is an investment, and we want your new covered porch or deck in Center Valley, Pennsylvania to add the most value to your home and lifestyle. This is why we begin every conversation with a discussion about the vision and budget you have in mind for your investment. This allows us to help you create a plan to design and build an outdoor living space that achieves all of your goals whether it’s a covered porch or deck that is built right away or a multi-level outdoor living project that is phased gradually to break your budget up over-time.

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  • Expedite approvals, permits, and inspections

Since the rules vary widely throughout communities, the same project that requires a zoning permit in one community may not require a permit in another. This is why it is always important to double-check the regulations, know who to call, and understand what paperwork to file so you don’t get hit with expensive fines and tickets.

To eliminate the stress and hassle of working with your local municipalities, townships, and/or HOA’s, your MasterPLAN team will handle all the heavy lifting when it comes to filing your permits, obtaining your permits, recognizing variances, navigating approvals/inspections and more! This way you and your family can relax and start planning parties in your new space rather than worry about who is showing up, when, and how long they will be there.

  • Streamline your build 

Evaluating contractor capabilities, managing project bids, verifying licensing, confirming insurance, checking references, coordinating multiple trades, and managing schedules can be intimidating and frustrating without the right project experience and construction background. Some covered porch or deck contractors could rip you off when it comes to materials or leave you with a project that doesn’t meet your expectations.

MasterPLAN’s proven design-build process promotes the highest levels of collaboration and efficiency among all team members by providing a single source of responsibility for all aspects of your project. Your MasterPLAN designer will coordinate with our trusted construction specialists to ensure the vision you have for your backyard comes to life effortlessly throughout your build! Your dedicated designer will be in the field checking in with construction crews frequently and providing detailed updates to you and your family every step of the way.

How to Reduce Stress and Frustration When Building Your Outdoor Living Space →

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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