Reconnecting at home in a gorgeous outdoor retreat, in your own backyard from Exscape Designs

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Exscape Designs’ backyard resorts can feature pools, spas, fireplaces, seating areas, outdoor kitchens and more.

By Mitch Allen

With so many families staying at home this summer, outdoor design/build projects have become extremely popular. These include patios, pavilions, brick walkways, stone retaining walls, firepits, outdoor kitchens, and swimming pools.

While it may be stressful having everyone together at home under these conditions, families are also discovering that they like it.

“People are enjoying being at home more, being together as a family, and having a deeper connection,” says Exscape Designs’ founder Bill Dysert. “Parents are reconnecting with their teenagers and their college students. They’re having family meetings and family game nights. It feels good. Our clients want to expand on that lifestyle for the future by creating a safe, inviting space where they can relax and be together for years to come.”

If you’re interested in enhancing your own outdoor space, now is the time to get started. It’s not too late to get on Exscape Designs’ schedule for a patio or grill area to enjoy later this fall, but if you’re looking for something more significant, you should start planning now for construction in the spring.

“Depending on the scope of the project, the design phase can take 4-6 weeks,” Bill explains. “And city permits for structures and swimming pools can add another couple of months. If you want to enjoy your new space next summer, we should start talking about it right now.”

And if a swimming pool is in your plans, you may be looking at a longer delay. “Most pool installers are already booked through next year and are not able to begin new installations until 2022,” Bill says. “Exscape Designs still has limited openings in 2021 to get your swimming pool installed. Now is the time to have a conversation with us to get a head start on planning your dream pool for installation next summer.”

Outdoor kitchens can include covered structures to allow entertaining in all weather conditions.

Total Outdoor Living Experts
Exscape Designs isn’t just a contractor. They are an experienced team of “total outdoor living experts,” which means they know how to handle all the nuances related to a project to maximize your enjoyment. These include essential requirements like fencing and electrical services, as well as resort-style options, like waterfalls, spas, fire features, shade structures, landscape lighting, a grilling area, and home audio.

Plus, building a backyard resort requires enormous project coordination and attention to detail. Many builds involve electricians, plumbers, masons and a host of other sub-contractors, not to mention architectural plans, permits, inspections, trucking, zoning variances, and knowing how to work with architectural review boards.

“That’s the beauty of working with us,” says Bill. “Our clients are busy professionals, so we handle every single detail from start to finish. That takes the worry and stress out of the project. Behind the scenes, we’re taking care of scheduling conflicts and arguing with zoning boards so the homeowner doesn’t have to.”

Exscape also understands how to design and build in Northeast Ohio’s harsh climate. “We know what’s going to hold up over time and what’s not,” Bill adds. “Yet we don’t allow the freeze-thaw cycle to hinder our designs.”

Landscaping Services and Snow Plowing
In addition to award-winning design/build projects, Exscape Designs offers full-service landscape maintenance for both residential and commercial clients. The company has bundled the top five landscape services into a single, convenient annual package:

  • Spring clean-up
  • Lawn and bed maintenance
  • Pruning and mulching
  • Lawn care
  • Fall clean-up

To ensure top-quality service, you’ll be assigned a dedicated account manager who becomes your single point of contact.

Exscape Designs also offers commercial snow plowing for office buildings, shopping centers, condominiums, hotels and more. In anticipation of a harsh winter, the company is currently hiring responsible snow plow drivers and shovelers.

The Exscape Designs’ offices and design center are located at 10121 Kinsman Road in Novelty. The company serves all of Northeast Ohio. For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation, call 440-729-0011 or visit You may also visit Houzz for idea books, examples of the company’s work, customer testimonials and more.

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