How to start designing your dream backyard

Landscaping sketch

Before you put a single plant in the ground, before you sow a seed, or even turn a sod, you need to have a plan. Designing your dream backyard involves lots of nitty gritty details – but the end result will be worth it. You’ll end up with a space to enjoy for years and years to come. 

Things to consider before starting your garden design.

 

Your space. How do you want to use the space? How much time to you want to spend in it – entertaining, playing, relaxing, as well as maintaining?

What do you really want your backyard to be?

  • A playground for the kids
  • A relaxing retreat
  • A place to entertain
  • A combination of all of the above

What materials do you like?

  • Water – pond, pool etc.
  • Grass and greenery
  • Pavers and pebbles
  • Wood

Be realistic in your approach

  • What is your actual budget for design, implementation and maintenance?
  • What time are you prepared to invest in the garden design, creation and maintenance?
  • How involved do you want to be in the process?

Take a walk around and take stock of the space and its current condition

  • What is salvageable? What’s not?
  • Are there permanent fixtures that need to be taken into consideration? Sheds, garages, drains etc.
  • Consider the climate, the geographic location and other external factors such as permanent shade from neighbouring buildings, fences and trees.

Know the rules and local council regulations

Before you start anything it’s best to know the regulations in your local area – it can be an extremely expensive exercise to create something only to have to pull it down if it doesn’t meet regulations. Get advice on areas such as:

  • Distance from the fence line for structures
  • Fence heights
  • Pool and water fencing requirements
  • Building approvals for structures like sheds, garages, granny flats/studios, gazebos and even cubby houses

Consider the inside. It’s one thing to enjoy your dream backyard while you are in it but you should also consider how it will look and flow from the inside of your home. Head inside and think about which rooms will look out onto your plan and what will be seen from that viewpoint.

Make a plan – to scale and a schedule.

This is often the time to engage a professional garden designer to ensure that your plan really is possible. A consult with a professional landscaper can be valuable at this stage of your design. A professional will be able to take your ideas and turn it into a viable design, provide a costing, and help you to have your design executed in a logical order. This is particularly important if it involved water, drainage and electrical works.

For landscape design, implementation and maintenance contact the team at Perth Landscaping – we’d love to help you to create your dream backyard.