Planning is of vital importance in maximising the usability of your outdoor space. You may want an al-fresco dining and/or barbeque area, an attractive and safe area for children to play, decking to take advantage of the vista or a water feature to create ambience and a focal point. This garden design guide holds a selection of garden planning tips and tools to help you get the most from your prospective new garden.
- What already exists in your garden
- What you want to keep
- What you want from your new garden
- The age and style of your home
- Day to day upkeep
- Practicalities – where the rubbish bins go, where you dry clothes etc
- What features you would like – water features, dining area, play area, vegetable patch?
- Style/theme – formal, country, oriental, urban etc
- Kerb appeal
- Get out there – visit open gardens & garden centres, note down or take pictures of things that you like
- Get nosey – have a look at what the neighbours have done, what works and what doesn’t work, what ideas can you pinch or build upon
- Get Googling – if you think you would like a particular feature but cannot visualise it, then a Google image search is your essential next step! Click on the following example searches;
- Inspiring Gardens
- Decking Ideas
- Low Maintenance Gardens
- Child Friendly Gardens
Put it on paper;
Getting your garden ideas on paper will help you visualise your new garden, plan the layout and convey your ideas to others. Your plan doesn’t have to be a work of art, even a rough sketch on the back of an envelope will do, but if you want to get fancy have a look at the following links;
- Smallblueprinter.com – an online tool to plan out your garden.
- www.stonemarket.co.uk/planningandlaying – A selection of useful guides and tools to help create your dream garden.
- www.marshalls.co.uk/plan&visualise – a selection of tools including Paving Planner, Garden Visualiser, Driveway Visualiser, Garden Moodboard and Garden Scrapbook.
Should you wish to discuss any aspect of your garden landscaping ideas and to arrange a free, no obligation quote, then please contact us.