After a long, cold winter, installing and planning outdoor living space is a very popular spring home improvement project. There are several things that a homeowner needs to do now to prepare for their outdoor living space plans.
CAD Pro has helped thousands of homeowners, architects, and builders streamline their workflow while planning outdoor living space for clients and colleagues. Cad Pro is great for creating landscape design plans, outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, pergola design plans, and much more.
When planning your outdoor living space, you will want to consider adding an outdoor kitchen area. There are many outdoor kitchen appliances and manufacturing companies to choose from. Here are a few we recommend; Masterbuilt, Vicking, AJ Madison, BBQGuys and Kalamazoo.
Steps for Planning Outdoor Living Space
# 1 – Set a Project Budget
Get your finances in order when planning outdoor living space so you know what you’re able to spend. The average wood deck cost can range from $30 to $50 per square foot, and a maintenance free deck will range from $50 to $75 per square foot. If you add stairs, they can add a lot depending on the length and complexity of the design. A full set of stairs with landings coming off a walk-out level home can cost as much as $6,800, so you need to be prepared for some sticker shock.
# 2 – Design the Outdoor Space
Have some idea of what you want to include in your outdoor living space plans. It’s important to plan for furniture, so a designer can make sure everything will fit comfortably.
By giving your designer a close range of your budget, they will recommend product choices or combinations that will fit your budget and the size of the space. Be sure to help your designer and be as upfront with them as you can, and you will save lots of time.
# 3 – Find a Contractor
Research builders who specialize in building and planning outdoor living space and the type of project that you’re looking to have built and who have the reputation and trust that you’re looking for to complete your project in a timely manner.
Too many homeowners waste so much time meeting with contractors that they would never consider hiring, just because they didn’t take the time to check them out prior to having them come out.
An experienced contractor will ask lots of questions about your outdoor project and you, so they can try to understand what you’re looking for and ensure that they can meet your expectations, so they don’t waste your time and theirs.
Finding true experts in the industry you’re looking for, such as deck builders or outdoor kitchen installers, will be very valuable to you because they will give you so much product information and ideas to make your outdoor space stand out from the rest.
# 4 – Hire Early
When planning outdoor living space start looking for your contractor before the season starts because good contractors’ schedules will fill up fast. When you find them, and they meet all your expectations, hire them. Don’t put it off to see if you can save a hundred dollars. You will regret it.
Ask lots of questions on the phone, so that you and the builder have a good idea what to expect when you are at the kitchen table, and you won’t be to surprised.
FREE Outdoor Living Design Plans
Simply open any of the CAD Pro do-it-yourself popular outdoor living design plans and projects, then customize them to fit your specific needs. This is one of the easiest ways for planning outdoor living space designs and project while adding immediate value to your home.
Do-it-yourself plans include; Garages/Shops, Outdoor Kitchens, Shade Arbors, Decks, Tree Houses, Lake House Plans, Vacation Homes and more.
CAD Pro helps you plan and complete any type of versatile outdoor living space plans with intuitive smart design tools and symbols that will help you implement these outdoor living design ideas.
Share your outdoor living plans and ideas with clients or contractors using Dropbox®, Google Drive™, OneDrive®, and SharePoint®. Export files to Microsoft Word®, Excel®, and PowerPoint® with a single click.
CAD Pro is used by NARI professional remodelers and contractors and the NRCA roofing contractors. CAD Pro is also used by NHBA home builders and contractors as well as the National Association of Landscape professionals.