To-Do List: What to be aware of when planning an outdoor space

As a homeowner, if you’re considering updates to your backyard, you may need to enlist the help of local professionals. Here are some tips to consider.

Northern Virginia Outdoor Living.
Photo courtesy of NVblu.

As a homeowner, if you’re considering updates to your backyard, you may need to enlist the help of local professionals. Part of their work involves dealing with code concerns and obtaining all the building and construction permits to meet your needs, including plumbing, gas and electric. But to get started, check your county’s website to read up on any regulations, as well as va811.com before digging. Here are some tips to consider:

◊ Think about how you want your backyard to function.

◊ How do you want to live in your updated outdoor space?

◊ Do you want an open space like a patio, a partially open space like a pergola or a screened-in porch?

◊ Do you envision an outdoor kitchen? What appliances might you need?

◊ Will you need additional storage?

◊ Will you entertain frequently?

◊ What sort of safety precautions might exist? For example: Are there children? What are their ages?

◊ Will you need a fence?

◊ How much time and maintenance are you willing to put in?

◊ Contact your homeowner’s association regarding any rules and regulations.

◊ If you don’t already have one, obtain a copy of your home’s plat.

◊ Have an idea of what building materials might be used.

◊ Understand that there could be changes to a plan, based on a number of factors (such as being in an RPA).

◊ Be prepared to be flexible on budget costs and aware that sometimes there are surprises.

◊ Try to be creative and imaginative and open to ideas.

◊ Now relax and enjoy your new space.

(June 2014)

X