Early Planning Delivers Optimum Outdoor Room ResultsFebruary 1, 2017
By Charles H. Gamarekian
Where, when and how to start when planning a small- or large-scale backyard makeover this spring can make all the difference when it comes to reaching high marks in family satisfaction. But there are a few lessons to be learned - and a little homework is required as well - before passing the final test. Overall success is best achieved when the interests of all members of your household are addressed.
Where to start
Believe it or not, the best place to start planning an outside room is inside the home where gathering Intel from family members is paramount. For example, if outdoor grilling and cooking are on the wish lists of family elders and teens, you'll find cooking patio components ranging from freestanding grill islands to fully functional outdoor kitchen ensembles in the marketplace. For a lot of folks, an outdoor room should represent the ultimate in reclusive space so; a crackling outdoor fireplace in a cozy setting will provide the perfect mood-altering experience. Warm gatherings while toasting s' mores with family and friends around a fire pit always sparks a sense of togetherness while a nearby spa brings a splash of stimulation and therapeutic benefits. Outdoor lighting and a water feature such as a fountain or recycling waterfall are not-to-be-forgotten add-ons for all-around sensual satisfaction. You might also consider a stylish refreshment bar for patio and poolside partying and a pergola for an airy yet sheltered outdoor area.
Cutting edge hardscape manufacturers such as Cambridge, makers of pavers with lasting ArmorTec® colors, landscape and patio wall systems utilizing Laser Fit™ technology, and color coordinated, durable outdoor lifestyle components like those mentioned previously, are there to assure that you attain optimum and 4-season results. According to a Houzz study, half or more of those who completed an outdoor project in 2016, reported an increase in relaxing, entertaining, and/or playing in the outdoor spaces after completing the upgrades. Houzz is a respected online community platform of photos, articles, product recommendations and a user forum dedicated to, among other things, architecture, decorating, landscape design and home improvement.
When to begin the project
February and March are ideal months to get started. Home and garden shows are sure to be abundant and nearby. Get the buzz on new trends and old favorites at the shows, online, in print, and through social media resources such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Check for consumer and industry reviews on brands like Cambridge. Pick up the complimentary Cambridge Brochure at any Authorized Cambridge Distributor - all new for 2017.
How to get things accomplished quickly and efficiently
Conduct a thorough contractor interview that will translate your family's wish list into a realistic and well-designed outdoor space. Be clear and listen to all the suggestions - a reputable professional can effectively integrate three appealing, emotional assets - fire, water and lighting - in surprisingly interesting ways. Need help finding a contractor? Visit us online and click on the homeowners tab and then click on "Need a Pro Installer" in the drop down box. Please fill out the requested information, so that one of our sales specialists can provide you with a professional installer recommendation.
In a tight budget? Need a wider time window?
Talk to the contractor about completing the makeover in phases. Timesaving resources such as the Cambridge Designscape Visualizer™ at cambridgepavers.com will transform ideas into realistic, computer-generated renderings. Consider Cambridge fully-assembled patio components and design kits to add custom features along with other cost-saving advantages.