Water…it isn’t only the essence of life. For the home, water in the form of water features and backyard pool remodels let you know you’ve made it. Nothing elevates both the financial and personal value that a pool does for the home. It’s also one of the easiest ways to provide the right environment to create family fun and lasting memories (that and fire features).
Creating a brand new pool, or remodeling an existing one, has never been more obtainable in today’s economy. And no one does it better than California. In fact, southern California has a rich history of residential pool construction — originated during the home improvement and “residential innovation boom” of the 1950s. We’ve arguably perfected outdoor living when it comes to laying poolside in your backyard. Who could blame us!? No one wants to waste time inside when they can spend it outside in the California sun. So we extended our living to the outdoors.
Pool options have also never been so expansive. Between pool slides, artificial water falls, and rock boulders, water fun comes in all shapes and sizes today. Customizing your pool remodel can come in different scales, budgets, accessory options, and is only limited by the homeowners imagination. Heck, even the water used can be salt water or chlorine now.
Don’t get us wrong, pool remodels are a big project and is no small feat. That’s why the most important step is the planning phase. Think twice…hammer once.
Work with a professional who will take the time to explain everything, listen to your ideas, and even show you exactly what your pool will look like before construction even begins. And never settle for the first quote you get…mediocrity is not an option. There are simply too many contractors and options out there. Plus your hard-earned dollars shouldn’t be taken for granted.
We always recommend getting different quotes from at least 3 qualified contractors, in good-standing, and with great reviews, excellent customer feedback, fair pricing, and of course fully licensed, bonded, and certified for your area.
Just because something is a big project doesn’t mean it has to be overly complicated either. Shop around, do your homework, and visit different suppliers to pick out the right materials to match the look and feel of your home. Or you can visit our Orange County Design Center where we have everything under one roof. Happy swimming!
Remodeling your backyard is a great option for many homeowners — especially Orange County residents where the sun always shines and the night air doesn’t disappoint. But outdoor projects can get expensive, so you better do your homework before you get started. Here are 5 ways to save money on your backyard remodel in Orange County, CA.
1. Do a price comparison with different materials and different manufacturers
Price varies not only from material-to-material, but amongst different manufacturers as well. So shop around for different materials first such as brick, pavers, cement, and stone. Once you find the look you’re after, shop between different manufacturers. There are a good amount of similar materials carried by different manufacturers but with very different pricing.
2. Prioritize the work on your yard
Recognize that you may not get everything on your wishlist when it comes to your backyard remodel. Don’t get me wrong, you can get pretty much anything you want. But if you start to notice that what you want is over your budget, then prioritize what work completed. In other words, do what will make the most impact for your buck. Maybe skip the water feature, or only use pavers in the backyard and not the side yard. You could even substitute an outdoor fireplace with a fire pit instead. In the end, remodel the parts of your yard where people gather most.
3. Get multiple quotes from different contractors
Never settle on the first quote you get from a contractor that visits your home. In fact, you’re probably still sticker shocked from the whole thing. All the more reason to get a few quotes from different contractors. Make sure to find well reviewed contractors that are fully licensed, bonded, and certified for your area. Keep in mind you usually get what you pay for too. So never go with the cheapest, nor the most expensive (unless you really trust the contractor). Usually somewhere in the middle is the happy medium to a great home project…and at a fair price!
Heck, you can even use our very own extensive network of pre-qualified contractors. We’ll select the 3 best matched local contractors for your project. How? Through your landscape design plans of course!
We’ll even send your project blueprint directly to each contractor in order to give you the best, most accurate, apples-to-apples quote comparison out there!
4. Have your project done in the off-season
Wanting to use your new backyard in the summer is great, but construction should begin well before then. In fact, having work done on your home during the Fall and Winter are typically more cost-effective. This is due to the fact that residential contractors are usually slower during these “off months” — which translates to more savings in your pocket. Also, this guarantees the work will be complete well before the sunny summer months where you can sit back and enjoy the view.
5. Save money in the long-term rather than short-term
Finally, saving money on your home project doesn’t need to be upfront — meaning you can invest in backyard features now that will pay off in the long run. A great example of this would be utilizing pavers, or perhaps even artificial grass, in your backyard. While this won’t necessarily save you money at first, you’ll definitely add value to your property, save money from lower water usage, and this will certainly outlast most traditional backyard features your neighbors probably have.
Fire is a primitive force intimately tied with human existence. It’s changed the course of history, allowing everything from baking to constructing tall buildings. And now, it’s used a lot for ambience in residential backyards.
It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
Nothing makes a house feel like a home when it comes to a cozy fireplace, or sitting around the fire pit while roasting s’mores with good company. The light and heat bring people together to share in new memories. Because that’s really what fires do, they bring families together. It doesn’t just brighten up backyards in the literal sense, but in ways that bring joy to homeowners.
Just look at what fire does to this residential remodel in Yorba Linda, CA.