When the weather turns warm, it’s a great time to get outside and enjoy the outdoor space at your home. However, it also provides an opportunity to not only rethink your outdoor space, but also to take action and create an outdoor oasis that you will love for years to come. Before you start building that deck or installing that water feature, though, you need to answer a few questions and craft your project plan.
How do you want to use your space?
You need a plan before building anything, and the first challenge is determining what the project is going to accomplish. Consider how you currently use your yard and how you might desire to use it differently. Knowing whether you want more space entertaining or more space for recreation is an important first step to building your outdoor space.
What do you want to build?
After you know how you want to use your space, you can consider what exactly you would like to build. When it comes to patios, this means choosing whether you want to use poured concrete, paver stones, or a different material. There are many considerations for decking materials as well, including wood and various composite materials. A landscape architect or builder can help you consider the pros and cons of different materials in your outdoor space.
How do you want it to look?
There are several resources for homeowners to use for design help. Houzz.com is one example. The website has thousands of pictures from real homes, featuring every aspect of a home imaginable, including outdoor spaces. Using a resource such as Houzz is a great way to determine exactly what you want your patio to look like, or how you want to design your deck.
What do you need to remember?
There are several things to keep in mind throughout your preparation for outdoor construction. For decks, you need to make sure you understand the local building code for railings around the deck surface. If you’re going to be planting any trees, shrubs, and flowers, make sure the materials you choose are right for the climate and your personal maintenance capabilities.
The Bottom Line
As with any construction project, the key to successful outdoor construction is planning. It’s important to iron out all of the details for your project before getting started. Once you know exactly what you would like to build, and everything that your project will entail, you can hire a professional and get started building the outdoor space you desire.