Working with a custom builder to create your outdoor living space can be an exciting and rewarding experience.

Here are some steps and tips to consider as you embark on this project of designing/building your custom outdoor living space:

Define your Vision:

Begin by clarifying your goals and desires for outdoor spaces. Consider the purpose of the space, whether it’s for relaxation, entertainment, cooking, gardening, etc. Visualize the layout, features, and overall ambiance you want to achieve.

Research and Choose a Custom Builder:

Look for reputable custom builders with experience in creating outdoor living spaces. Ask for recommendations from friends, family, or neighbors, and read reviews online. Look at their portfolios to see if their style aligns with your vision.

Budget Considerations:

Determine your budget early on. This will help guide your choices throughout the project and ensure you’re realistic about what can be accomplished within your financial constraints.

Collaboration and Communication:

Work closely with your chosen builder to convey your ideas clearly. Effective communication is essential for turning your vision into reality. Be open to their suggestions and expertise while ensuring your preferences are understood.

Design and Planning:

Work with your builder to develop a detailed design that includes all the elements you want in your outdoor living space. This might include seating areas, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, landscaping, lighting, and more.

Permits and Regulations:

Depending on your location and the scope of the project, you may need to obtain permits or adhere to certain regulations. Your custom builder should be knowledgeable about local building codes and requirements.

Material Selection:

Choose materials that align with your vision and budget. Consider factors such as durability, maintenance requirements, and aesthetics. The builder can help you select materials that work well for your climate and intended use.

Construction Process:

During construction, regularly communicate with your builder to stay updated on the progress. Be prepared for unexpected challenges that can arise during the construction phase.

Quality Control:

Ensure that the builder maintains high-quality standards throughout the project. Regular inspections and communication can help catch any issues and ensure that the final result meets your expectations.

Timing and Weather:

Outdoor projects can be influenced by weather conditions, so be prepared for potential delays due to rain, extreme heat, or other environmental factors. Discuss a timeline with your builder and have a plan in place for such situations.

Flexibility and Adaptability:

Be prepared to make adjustments along the way. Sometimes, certain design elements may need to be tweaked due to unforeseen challenges. Flexibility will help ensure a smoother process.

Final Walkthrough:

Before finalizing the project, take a thorough walkthrough with the builder to make sure everything is up to your standards and expectations. Address any minor issues that need to be resolved before completion.

Enjoy your Space:

Once the project is complete, take the time to enjoy your new outdoor living space. Whether it’s for relaxation, hosting gatherings, or spending quality time with your family, this space should bring you joy and enhance your lifestyle.


Remember that clear communication, collaboration, and realistic expectations are key to a successful partnership with a custom builder in creating your dream outdoor living space.

When you are ready to dream, design, and build your new outdoor living space, reach out to the professionals at Cedarbrook for your free consultation. Allow our team of professional designers and builders to bring your dreams to life 301-703-8728.

Cedarbrook specializes in design and build services; our team of professionals will work with you one-on-one to bring your dreams to life. Cedarbrook has built hundreds of outdoor living spaces in Montgomery, Howard, Frederick, and Carroll counties in Maryland since 2006. We are a “Best Pick” for Frederick, Montgomery, and Howard counties, and Cedarbrook Outdoor Design/Build has been named by REMODELING Magazine to its 2019 Big50 Class.