Your garden space or outdoor space is an extension of your home. If your outdoor space does not reflect the interior, it can feel disconnected. When areas are disconnected, you will find they never get fully utilized. So, what can you do to improve this situation, and what can you do to improve your garden?

What Space Do You Have to Work With?

First off, you are going to have to establish just what space you have to work with. For instance, do you have a rectangular-shaped garden, or is your space more box-like? You cannot begin moving forward with plans and ideas before establishing what you have now. When you look at your current garden layout, what do you see that works? Do you have a patio area that you want to keep, or is there an entertainment space that is fully utilized and loved?

What Do You Want to Feature?

After getting to grips with the outdoor space, you then must think about what your garden will feature. For example, do you want a standalone water feature to take a central place? Or, are you thinking that new decking and Decking lighting can be a feature? What do you see your garden looking like, and what key features would you like to introduce and highlight? When you know what you want the space to include and feature, you can then begin building the rest of the garden around these key elements.

Having Specific Areas

No matter the size or shape of your garden, you will always want to have specific areas. If you do not have specific areas for things, such as drinking or entertainment, you will find that space will feel confusing. If there are no clearly laid out spaces, your garden will end up looking like a mishmash of your ideas and inspiration. This can leave any space feeling chaotic, so try to avoid it where you can. Zones or areas in your garden will give you the privacy or entertaining space you are craving.

Thinking How You Live and Use Your Garden

How much time do you spend in your garden at the moment? Will you spend your time differently in the future? It is important to think about how much time you will spend in your garden, as this will have an impact on budget and layout. For example, if you are busy, and you want a low-maintenance garden, this will impact what you can introduce to an area (in terms of plants, flowers, and shrubs). If you do not have masses of time to dedicate to your garden, then also look at the materials you will use for projects. 

Having a Makeover Budget

Redesigning any garden space and improving what you have will cost you money. Having a makeover budget in place when the project kicks off will give you clarity and focus. It will help you see what you can afford, when, and why. If you fail to produce a budget, you may find your project overruns, and this can be costly and stressful.