Why MasterPLAN loves designing for the Lehigh Valley

Posted October 29, 2015 in Blog, General, Landscape Design

The Lehigh Valley is a beautiful area with picturesque mountains and inspiring countryside, fit for poems and songs.  This area is a cultural melting pot brimming with history and diversity set in an expansive region, but all with the small town feel.  The native characteristics of the Lehigh Valley’s environment offer MasterPLAN Outdoor Living unique opportunities for creating custom outdoor living spaces; and we are up for the challenge!

The topography of the Lehigh Valley is noteworthy.  The Blue Mountain and South Mountain create its northern and southern borders with the lower course of the Lehigh River intersecting, which means the residential landscape can vary from project to project.  This contrast in landscape not only challenges but fuels MasterPLAN’s creativity to developLehigh Valley functional yet aesthetic outdoor living spaces that are low maintenance and practical.  No matter what the backyard concern, maintaining the integrity of the landscape with timeless design is at the forefront.  Pulling from the area’s surroundings of nature and well-built architecture, we believe that using materials such as wood, real stone and metal is everlasting, always in style and true to the Valley’s roots.  Trends always seem to fall by the wayside, but timeless style is forever!

Benefiting from the Lehigh Valley’s geographic location and experiencing all four seasons during the year, we have an ample selection of materials and plantings to work with.  Pennsylvania Bluestone, for example, is a dense, strong, fine-grain sandstone that is predominantly found and quarried in northeastern Pennsylvania!  This hardscape stone is a prime outdoor material choice because of its strength, beauty, low maintenance nature and innate non-slip quality.  Pairing such a timeless hardscape with a landscaping master plan can really take a backyard living space to another level.  Not only does the Valley have beautiful plant and flower selections in the warmer months, but we also have the option to dash the winter landscape with colorful plantings as well.  Just because we expect to see a foot of snow here and there, doesn’t mean everything has to be a whitewashed mess outside!  Strategically planted evergreens, colorful branched deciduous shrubs and berries thrive in our harsh winter weather and remind us that spring is just around the corner.  No matter what the weather, however, there is something for everyone in the Lehigh Valley.

Given the area’s attractions such as Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Coca-Cola Stadium, the PPL Center, biking and hiking trails as well as ski resorts a short distance away, it Lehigh Valleyis safe to say that the people of the Lehigh Valley love to be outside.  MasterPLAN believes that the fun doesn’t have to stop once you go home!  We are truly committed to creating beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces that incorporate all of your dream features so you can entertain, relax and enjoy quality time with your friends and family.  A master plan incorporating features like decks, patios, swimming pools, spas, fire pits or fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and entertainment areas can be constructed all at once or in phases.

By paying special attention to the history, topography, culture and social environment of an area like the Lehigh Valley, as well as really getting to know our clients firsthand before the design process begins might be superfluous to some, but it is essential to MasterPLAN.  We understand that a backyard is so much more than a pool, deck or patio; it is a place where special moments are created and shared with loved ones.  We want our clients have the feeling of comfort and love when they are in the new outdoor living space.  We strive to create backyard transformations for everyone to enjoy; where die-hard Sheetz lovers and Wawa fans can break bread in harmony, Lehigh University and Lafayette College rivals can relax around the same fire pit together and everyone can tell their favorite Musikfest stories from years past.

When you are ready to take the first step towards your own backyard transformation, reach out to MasterPLAN Outdoor Living.  We would love to welcome you into the MasterPLAN family!

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