Planning Your Jacksonville Outdoor Rooms
Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 01:53PM

We suggest you start with some careful planning.  Then even if you don't install an entire outdoor room, you will be able to do it in stages.

Thinking of your outdoor room as an extension of the house is a great way to get started.  Consider overall functionality - and start thinking in floor, walls, ceiling, doors, etc.

To do this, we suggest that you get in all the required electrical and plumbing, such as water lines for sinks and gas lines for the grills—although all come with liquid propane options.  It's good to have the utilities in place - It's much less expensive to do it initially.

Even if you plan to add a simple patio - always request to add sleeving.   We'll provide you with a spec that shows where the sleeving is located just in case you may need it in the future.  A lot of newer homeowners may not realize that the life expectancy of an irrigation system is only 12 years.  Chances are you will want to perform maintenance, add to or repair your outdoor backyard utilities at some point.

Average Life Expectancies in Jacksonville for your Backyard:

Pergola or Gazebo         16 years
Wood Decks                    10 years
Brick Pavers                    50 years
Retaining Walls               75 years
Swimming Pools            18 years
Wood Fence                    12 years 

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