The air is brisk and the leaves are turning different colors. Dusk is arriving earlier and earlier and all too soon we’ll be stuck indoors. This is especially upsetting if you’re a fan of being outside. You probably spend all winter waiting to get back outdoors. If that’s the case, why not give yourself something special to look forward to? Now is the perfect time to start planning your outdoor living space.
Whether you are creating a new one from the ground up or revamping your existing outdoor space, there are definitely some great benefits to plan ahead. Of course, the obvious one is you’ll be all set to get started as soon as the spring weather rolls around.
Even though landscape designers are working all year long, their fall and winter schedules typically move at a much slower pace. Consulting and design appointment times will be more readily available and less rushed. You will be able to take the time to carefully consider your options and ultimately, make choices that you’ll be happy with for years to come.
Another benefit of planning during the fall, the municipal offices that issue permits are are typically slower as well. This means once the plans for your outdoor living space is complete and you submit them, you will receive the necessary permits quicker.
Planning this fall for your new outdoor living space could also provide a couple of opportunities to save a little money. Taking your time with your plans and feeling confident in your choices leave less chance for last minute changes. A shift in design or adding additional elements once construction has begun can lead to extra expense in materials and labor.
Each year it seems everything gets more expensive. If you have a place to store them, you may actually be able to save some cash on materials. By purchasing them now, you will get them before any price increases kick in next year.
Get an Early Start
Having your landscape contractor hired, the planning completed and your permits in place ahead of time, construction can begin on your new outdoor living space as soon as the weather breaks in the spring. Getting an early start can have your outdoor space finished before your landscaping contractor enters his busy season. Once that arrives they have to divide their effort and energy among multiple projects. This can sometimes cause interruptions which could delay the completion of your outdoor project.
Planning in the fall can facilitate the timely completion of your outdoor space, ensuring you don’t miss out on single minute of enjoying it during next year’s summer season.
Stay Outside a Little Longer
Planning your new outdoor space while dreading the colder weather could inspire you to include features in your design that allow you to enjoy the outdoors longer. After all, don’t you want to use your outdoor space for more than just a few months out of the year?
Features like a firepit or designing the space so it’s partially enclosed with a wall or canopy will let you continue to enjoy being outside when the weather starts to cool. Creative outdoor lighting can keep you out long after dark and decorative lighting will make that outdoor space pretty to look at when it’s too cold to go outside.
Holiday Wish List
If you’re the person everyone has a tough time buying for during the holiday season, planning your outdoor living space in the fall will make gift giving easier. You can add items to furnish and decorate your new outdoor living space to your holiday wish list. Family and friends won’t struggle trying to figure out what to get you and when it’s finished you’ll have everything in place already to make your new outdoor space perfectly beautiful.
Ready to Plan Your New Outdoor Living Space?
When helping to create the outdoor living space of your dreams, the David Ash Jr. Landscaping team spends valuable time getting to know you—and seeking to understand your lifestyle and landscape vision.
Built upon the principles of exceptional service, unequaled design, and skilled craftsmanship, we create elegant, sophisticated outdoor environments for residents and businesses in and around Long Beach Island, NJ.
We offer a complete line of landscaping services and will share your passion when bringing your outdoor living design to life. Let’s collaborate and bring your outdoor dream to life!