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Don’t wait until you have ditched your winter coat for shorts and flip flops to begin planning your new outdoor space. If you want to enjoy it for the spring and summer, it needs to be planned now, in the winter.

Whether it is an outdoor kitchen, patio, or deck, it will take time to organize, design, and construct. Starting now gives you the time to have it done for a Memorial Day BBQ, for example. When planning your outdoor space keep in mind these 3 things:

1. The Location of Your Outdoor Living Space

Accessibility to the space, privacy, property boundaries, water drainage, and landscaping and scenery all come into effect when planning these outdoor spaces. With spaces like outdoor kitchens you have to consider the layout of plumbing, electrical, and gas lines. You’ll also have to take into consideration the time it takes to grow new grass. Most of these outdoor projects entail tearing up parts of your yard. Having a new outdoor space but a barren land to sit around and look at is not ideal. This is why starting your project earlier in the year benefits you the most.

2. The Features of Your Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor living spaces can be as simple or elaborate as you want. Some homeowners just want a space to be able to sit and relax; others want to bring the same amenities from inside their home to the outside such as, televisions, sound systems, fireplaces, lighting, and even heating and cooling elements.  It’s important to remember the level of features you choose will not only impact price but the project timeline as well.

3. The Materials Used on Your Outdoor Living Space

You’ll also have to choose the material your outdoor space is made of.  For decks, do you want a wood or composite deck? Patios can be laid with poured concrete which can be stamped, molded or tinted for a variety of styles. Patios can also be made of pavers, either from brick, concrete, or natural stone. All materials have a different degree of maintenance to think about.

In order to successfully execute an outdoor project that hits on all these points, it’s a good idea to hire an experienced company that has a history of being able to design and build these spaces. This will ensure everything is taken into account.

The team at Mosby Building Arts can design and build your St. Louis outdoor living space, taking care of your project from start to finish. See a gallery of our outdoor living projects. And to schedule a home consultation, give us a call at 314-909-1800, or contact us here.