Know what you’re working with
Once you have an idea of what you want, it’s time to put your plans to the test.
recommends spending a day in your yard to do a thorough site analysis
of your garden, mapping the seasonal movements of the sun and any
shadows cast across your yard.
it’s time to get technical and draw up plans for your outdoor living
space. Begin by noting all existing features, including buildings,
trees, hardscapes, fences and even any neighbours you want to screen off. You’ll then be able to visualise the scale and proportions of what you have and what you want to change.
As Albone says,
“It’s important to try and get it to some sort of scale because you
don’t want to try and fit all your ideas into a block that is never
going to fit them”.
also essential to map the topography – the high and low points of the
space. That way, you’ll be able to quickly work out where the
entertaining space should be (flat areas), where you’ll need retaining
walls or stairs (sloping areas), and where the wet and dry spots will be
(it will be wettest at the base of the slope).