Let’s talk about outdoor spaces and how to make the most of the space that you have. If you’ve got an outdoor space that you aren’t making the most of, it’s time to change that. Whether your outdoor space is big or small, it’s worth taking the time to think about how you can utilize the space that you have and make the most out of it. After all, having access to an outside area is a privilege – not everyone is lucky enough to have an outdoor space of their own.
Of course, for a lot of people, it can feel a little overwhelming knowing what to use an outdoor space for, as well as where to start when it comes to designing an outdoor space. It can be a complex process, as there can be a lot to think about and consider. However, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare designing the perfect outdoor space for you and your family to utilise, it’s simply a case of thinking about what you want and need from the space.
The good news is that there are plenty of sources for inspiration online, so whatever size and shape your garden is, there is sure to be plenty of ideas that you can take a look at and use to help design your perfect space. It is also important to think about who will be using the space and what they would want and need that space to offer.
If you want to create a space that perfectly meets yours and your family’s needs, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a guide to how you can create the most glorious garden – the perfect outdoor space that is the ideal fit for you and your family.
For everything that you need to know about creating the perfect outdoor space, have a read of the tips, ideas, and suggestions below!
Think about the size and shape of the space
The first step to take is to think about the size and the shape of the space that you have access to, and how you can utilise that area. It’s important to think about the shape of the garden that you have and how large it is, as these are both crucial factors when it comes to garden design.
For instance, a garden design that would work amazingly in a rectangular shaped, mid-sized garden, could look terribly cramped in a smaller, square-shaped outdoor space. The key is to make sure that you are taking the size and shape of your garden into account when designing your outdoor haven.
If you have a big enough space, you might be able to split that space into different zones. This would allow you to meet multiple needs with the design of your outdoor space, making sure that everyone is happy with the space that is created.
For instance, if you have a young family and children who would like a play area in the garden with a climbing frame and an area that they can play in, but you also want a dining area and somewhere that can be used to relax and unwind, you could consider splitting the space into zones. Gardens with different zones can work extremely well when it comes to making sure that everyone is happy with the outdoor space that is available.
If you have enough room to create different zones within your garden, take the time to think about what zones you might like to create. It’s also important to think about the purpose of each zone and whether it is worthwhile creating various zones within your garden – you need to ask yourself if each zone will get used and made the most of.
This is especially true when it comes to finding inspiration, which we will talk more about below.
For the process of redesigning your outdoor space, it is vital that you take the time to source design inspiration. Just make sure that you are taking the size (and shape) of the space that you have into account when doing so. For example, if you want an outdoor bar, consider extra seating, a refrigerator space, and whether the bar should be made of weather-resistant materials, such as teak or aluminum.
There are lots of fantastic resources that you can use to do this – a highly useful one is Pinterest, as this app allows you to create a board packed full of all of the ideas that you have deemed suitable for your outdoor space. You can search certain design styles and ideas, such as ‘family garden’ or ‘small garden’ and you should be able to see a range of design ideas that will perfectly suit your needs and the space that you have.
If you share your home with others, don’t forget to ask them for their ideas and the inspiration sources that they have seen for those ideas. It’s nice to include everyone in the process of redesigning any aspect of your home, as it ensures that everyone feels listened to, and that everyone’s ideas are taken into consideration.
Once you have sourced inspiration for your garden design, the next step is to focus on your budget.
Take your budget into account
When it comes to designing any space in – or outside – of your home, it’s vital to ensure that you are taking your budget into account. There’s no point spending more money than you can afford on the design of your outside space, instead it’s best to design within your means. At the start of your project, set a budget and ensure that you stick to it.
The good news is that even if you have a smallish budget to work with, there are lots of ways that you can keep the cost of your garden redesign down, it’s just a case of getting creative, that’s all. Believe it or not, you can find lots of handy hacks for budget-friendly garden design on Pinterest and in relevant Facebook and community groups.
When it comes to managing your budget for your garden design, it’s worth using a budgeting app where you can put in each cost. That way you can ensure that you won’t end up going over budget, as you will be able to easily track every garden-related cost that needs to be covered.
It’s also worth thinking about how you can reduce the cost of your project, such as by taking advantage of second-hand tools and equipment and buying second-hand where possible. You might even be able to source some second-hand items, like garden furniture, from local second-hand stores or social media selling sites.
When purchasing new items, make sure to think carefully about where you buy from. Don’t be afraid to compare prices from different stores, to make sure that you actually are getting the best deal possible. You will find that there are certain stores that offer lower prices than others, and when working on a big project it’s worth being aware of where those stores are, so that you can keep your costs as low as possible.
Think about the key features
A key aspect of any garden design is the key features of the space – and knowing what those features will be. In some gardens it’s a water feature, in others it’s a sensory garden – every space is different, and that’s what makes gardens so wonderful. When it comes to your outdoor space, it’s important that before you start creating it, that you know what you would like the key feature to be, so that you can design the rest of the space around it.
For instance, let’s say that you would like the key feature of your garden to be a swimming pool and a relaxation area around the pool. You would need to think about the space that you would need to create this area, as well as the budget that you would need to allocate to purchase items like Fiberglass Pools and decking to go around the pool design that you pick. There’s a lot that you would need to consider and account for, so taking the time to do that before your project starts is crucial.
If you have an idea for a key feature, such as a hot tub, but you are unsure how you should integrate it into the space, take the time to gain ideas and inspiration. You could use resources like Pinterest for this, as well as garden design magazines and blogs. You could also speak to a garden design specialist, to see if they might be able to shed some light on the best approach for you to take.
Garden design can be a tricky business as there’s a lot to think about and consider. However, if you are smart about the approach that you take, you can ensure that you end up with the most incredible garden that perfectly meets your garden design hopes and dreams. Hopefully, the guide above has given you all of the ideas and inspiration that you need to create the most amazing outdoor space for you and your family to use.