For most Australian homeowners, the outdoor living spaces of their home are considered as important as the internal ones. Backyards are no longer simply large, grassy areas. They're considered an external room that serves multiple purposes, such as dining, recreation and entertaining. For this reason, many people are turning to professional landscape designers to create a beautiful, functional and personal look for their outdoor space.
Whether you have a regular size garden or one that is bigger or smaller than usual, a landscape designer will help you to make the most of the available space, ensure privacy and create a garden that you can easily maintain. When working with a landscape designer, here are two important things that it's important to bear in mind.
1. Garden design projects take time
Depending on the scope of your project, you'll need to allow plenty of time for your garden to go from planning to completion. The design process itself can be quite lengthy as the designer will need to assess your needs, come up with a landscape design that they think meets your needs and then amend any features or ideas that you're not happy with.
Many projects will also require planning permission from your local council before work can commence, particularly those involving garden structures or pools. Both planning and approval need to be finalised before the landscaping and construction can even begin.
2. Allow a realistic budget
A landscape designer can help you to create a fantastic outdoor living area, but they can only work within the confines of your allocated budget. Many people believe that a garden can be successfully landscaped for very little, but it's highly unrealistic to expect a garden that's worthy of a glossy magazine spread on a shoestring budget.
Setting a realistic budget that you can comfortably afford should be your first priority. Having this figure worked out before the initial consultation with your designer means they can tailor their design to fit your financial limits and look for low-cost alternatives for features and planting that will help to create a project that you love and that won't break the bank.
If there are features that you want but can't afford at present, your designer can help you to create a plan that will accommodate them in the future. This means that when you can afford to add the pool, deck or pergola that you want, your garden will still have a cohesive look and the new feature will blend in seamlessly with the overall design.