Was Your 2022 Chaotic? How to Make the Backyard Your Oasis in 2023

Have you stepped outside lately? There’s a chill in the air that means fall has arrived and winter is right around the corner. With leaves falling in the backyard and your rake finally making its way out of the back of the shed, it’s time for you to stop dreaming about what your backyard could be by this time next year and make it happen.

Backyard retreats are in demand right now – and with good reason! Who doesn’t want an outdoor oasis right outside of their backdoor? The options are endless, too. From your own personal putting green, to a dreamy hot tub and pool combo, to an outdoor kitchen any chef would dream of – Zenith Design + Build can help make your backyard more than a landing ground for the leaves in the fall. But you have to plan ahead!

While it may seem a little strange to start planning for warm days while you’re gearing up for winter, there is a method to our madness. As much as we wish we could snap our fingers and give you the backyard of your dreams instantly, it does take a little more time and work than that. From the initial consultation to final completion, it could take six or seven months to complete the process.  

Right now, most home remodelers in the Des Moines area are busy, as many homeowners are investing more into their homes. It’s likely that when you sign on for us to build your project, you may have to wait a few months for us to start construction. Lead times may be longer due to the increase in demand for certain products and services, such as pool installation. For this reason, we’re encouraging everyone to start planning their summer projects now.

Rest assured, here at Zenith we work with you through every step of this planning process, from the initial consultation through construction, to ensure that your backyard paradise fulfills your dreams. Here’s a quick rundown of the Zenith Process:

  • Initial Consultation - Discuss ideas and sign up for a design plan
  • Design - Work with our designer to plan your space
  • Project Proposal Meeting - Review project plans and pricing
  • Construction Preparation - After the proposal is signed, your design is finalized with your designer. Once approved and materials are in hand, your job gets an estimated start date
  • Construction Begins - Our project manager and field superintendent ensure all expectations are met
  • The Reveal - Your project is done and improved quality of life begins!
  • Check-in and Thank You - How’d we do? Feedback is appreciated and helps us improve!

To get your backyard ready for late night s’mores and Saturday afternoon sprints into the pool next summer, give us a call now to start the planning process!


Need some inspiration for your outdoor retreat? Take a look at some projects we’ve done and at some we’ve been working on. If you have ideas of your own, I can’t wait to talk about them with you!


Movies inside are cool - but what if you could get the kids outside to watch the same movie for the 10th time in a row? Retractable projector screens like this one could be an easy answer to your animated movie-related headache.

Photo: Metro Media Company
Photo: Metro Media Company

If you’ve always wanted a pool but were just waiting for a sign – this picture is it. Between the easy-to-maintain turf, beautiful blue pool, gorgeous porcelain deck and custom cedar fencing, we can’t decide what our favorite part of this project is. But we know that it’s amazing and you should take some notes.

Photo: Metro Media Company
Photo: Metro Media Company

Try a design modeled after your favorite vacation spot! With this Colorado-inspired home, these homeowners can step outside and instantly be transported to the Centennial State. Their Trex composite deck and stone columns make for a beautiful and sturdy deck, and new windows and siding complete the look. Their deck overlooks a West Des Moines golf course, providing great views all year long.

Design: Unfold Architecture  Photo: Kelly Baughman
Design: Unfold Architecture
Photo: Kelly Baughman

Want to make your child’s day everyday? Put a slide on your deck. Want to make your own day every day? Add a relaxing entertaining space complete with a kitchen, fire-pit, and cafe lights.

Design: Unfold Architecture  Photo: Kelly Baughman
Design: Unfold Architecture
Photo: Kelly Baughman

No kids? No problem. This backyard “man cave” has you covered with a hot tub, grill, TV, fire-pit, and a putting green. It’s got everything you need for entertaining


We have project timelines and processes in place here at Zenith to complete your outdoor sanctuary - but we aren’t miracle workers. Start writing down those dreams you have had for years for your backyard space and we can bring them to life. Let us help you love where you live in the Des Moines Metro and spend next summer living a life of less stress and more fun.


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