So, where do you start with an outdoor renovation? We have been hearing this question a lot! With summer right around the corner, that means it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors with your family and friends, but is your porch or yard ready for entertaining? After spending months indoors, there’s nothing better than relaxing in your own amazing outdoor space, soaking up the sun, sipping a cold beverage, grilling up some burgers, and laughing with loved ones. We know that you have a vision in mind for your home, but you’re probably uncertain how to make that vision come to life, or what to expect from the remodeling process.
That’s where we can help. Whether your existing porch or deck needs repairs or you’re considering a brand new porch, deck, or sunroom conversion, Fabling Built is your trusted local contractor with years of experience guiding homeowners just like you through the home remodeling process with ease and peace of mind.
You can begin to plan an exterior remodeling project anytime, and there’s no time like the present! Here are six important steps you should consider when planning your outdoor remodeling project:
- Save design inspiration that jumps out at you
- Establish a budget
- Assess contractors and choose the best partner
- Prepare for your renovation
- Understand the Realities of Your Remodel and Timeline
- Enjoy your amazing new outdoor space!
Save Design Inspiration that Jumps Out at You
Are you picturing a dream outdoor space that will be perfect for entertaining your family and friends, or just relaxing with a beverage and a good book? When you envision it in your head, what do you see? Is it an elegant dark-stained wooden deck with comfortable lounge furniture, beautiful foliage all around, and an awning to protect from the sun and rain? Perhaps you’re considering a screened-in porch or sunroom for that dream outdoor feel without all the mosquito bites. Are there certain color schemes, outdoor furnishings, flowers, or plants that you really love and want to incorporate into the design?
We recommend keeping a visual design board, whether it be on Houzz, Pinterest, or good ole fashioned magazine clippings, of every outdoor design aspect that you like. This will help you and your general contractor to be on the same page as you start the conversation about your outdoor space design.
Establish a Budget
Budget is very important in any renovation project. You need to be on the same page as your contractor on everything, but especially when it comes to budget. We have a sales process that helps your contractor deliver design and remodeling options that are tailored to your renovation budget.
When you are determining your budget, keep in mind the must-haves vs. the nice-to-haves. This will help you throughout the process, and you can discuss with your contractor which upgrades are worth the extra investment.
Assess Contractors and Choose the Best Partner
When you’re assessing potential contractors to help you bring your amazing outdoor space vision to life, you want to make sure, first of all, that they are licensed and insured with a solid reputation for positive results and customer satisfaction. Those are the most basic requirements you should be looking for, but it’s also important to choose a contractor who will provide the collaborative experience you want throughout your remodeling project. We know that your home is important to you, and you want to be involved in your remodeling project every step of the way. That’s why we here at Fabling Built see your home as more than just a project – because it is! When you partner with us, we’ll guide you from the beginning and help to navigate the budget and the scope of your project to bring them together as quickly as possible towards achieving your dream outdoor space. We’ll be your trusted partner and actively communicate with you 100% of the time, from your initial consultation to the final reveal.
Prepare for Your Remodel
Undertaking any kind of home remodeling project will naturally impact your day-to-day life. While exterior remodels will have less of an impact than interior remodels such as a kitchen or bathroom, you will still need to ask your contractor what you need to do to prepare for the start of the remodeling project, and how the remodeling process itself will affect your life. This includes discussing access to your yard, electricity, and water as necessary. Materials will likely need to be staged somewhere, and you may even need to have a dumpster and portable toilet for some time of the renovation. This will all affect your daily life, parking, and probably even parts of your beautifully manicured lawn. Make sure you have a clear understanding of what to expect, and what the contractor expects of you.
Understand the Realities of Your Remodel and Timeline
Home remodeling projects can take longer than desired, even if you’re working with the best contractor. Surprises often come up along the way and make it necessary to change some plans and/or reallocate certain aspects within the budget. One thing that many of our homeowners are surprised by is the times of inactivity, which may be necessary for staging materials, coordinating multiple team schedules, or may be caused by material and weather delays. We try to plan some margin in the schedule to allow for these, but even the best-laid plans may change. Your contractor should communicate with you regularly throughout the entire process and keep you in the loop when these things happen, and that’s exactly what we do. After all, we want you to not only LOVE your new amazing outdoor space but also love the process of creating it.
Enjoy Your Amazing New Outdoor Space!
You’ve reached the final step! It’s time to enjoy your newly revamped outdoor space and reflect on the process of building it. Invite your friends and family, grab the cooler, fire up the grill, crank up some tunes, and enjoy the great outdoors!