Your Guide to Building an Outdoor Living Space

Posted October 27, 2022 in 3D Design, Blog, Decks, Design/Build, Fire Feature, General, Outdoor Kitchen, Patio and Walkway, Pool, Videos

More and more homeowners are looking to use their backyards as an extension of their family rooms. They want an attractive space that serves as the perfect backdrop for hosting the kid’s birthday parties at home, kitchens to prepare and enjoy home-cooked meals outdoors, and even outdoor offices to soak in all the innate benefits that nature provides while never missing out on the kids growing up together at home.

But, selecting the right features, design, and layout for your new space could be difficult without the right guide to help you understand what it could look like and determine how much it should actually cost.

Here’s a one-stop guide that will help you turn your boring backyard into an outdoor living space:

  • Visualize exactly how your space could look

Nothing is worse than playing the guessing game when it comes to investing in your home. Thankfully, 3D modeling has changed the way we design for the better. Not only does 3D modeling help the designers, contractors, and homeowners visualize space requirements and the big picture, but it also improves the accuracy of your estimates, minimizes construction errors, and more.

We know that projects that start with a custom 3D design will result in a better understanding of how everything will look, feel, function, and flow together while eliminating any stress and hassle throughout the construction process. This is why we begin every project by helping you create a custom 3D design that shows you exactly how your new outdoor living space could look.

Why your outdoor living space should start with a 3D design →

  •  Determine what you are willing to invest 

When it comes to building a new outdoor living space in Upper Saucon Township, Pennsylvania there is a wide range of investment levels to choose from. But, determining your budget can be a real challenge if you don’t know how much something should cost. Studies show that the cost of a covered deck with a new inground swimming pool could be between $150,000 and +$500,000, while a custom outdoor kitchen with a new built-in fireplace could cost between $24,500 and +$700,000.

The costs of your new outdoor living space will ultimately depend on what features you select and what partner you choose to build it with. This is why you really need to think about how you want to use your outdoor space, who will join you in your new outdoor living space, and what you’re willing you invest in your new outdoor living space before you talk to a deck, patio, or pool contractor in Easton, Pennsylvania about building your new space.

How to determine the cost of your outdoor living project →

  • Consider whether your project should be phased 

When deciding to transform your backyard, it is very easy to get carried away with flashy designs and trendy features. But, working with a design-build firm will allow you to properly design a plan that can be achieved within your current budget while planning for future expansions. But the most important part is to ensure you achieve your goals without compromising the look of your backyard.

We know that spreading the cost of construction over a longer period of time allows for the larger picture to transpire in a segmented, affordable way. This is why we help you create a phased approach that will take future plans into consideration, accounting for structural requirements to be implemented in the beginning…avoiding headaches down the road. As your design/build partner we make sure you are able to fully enjoy your new custom outdoor living space no matter what phase your build is in or how long it takes to achieve your vision!

How to Phase Your Backyard Build Over Time →

  • Select the right partner who can make your vision come to life

We know that going for the cheapest contractor sounds nice when looking at your wallet, but if they lack the qualifications, resources, design knowledge, and efficiency to complete the project your costs will quickly spiral out of control. This is why we pair each client with our proven construction specialists whose passion for excellence, skill, and craftsmanship is second to none.

Your MasterPLAN designer will coordinate with our construction specialist 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 your construction specialist frequently and will provide detailed updates to you and your family every step of the way.

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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