The design phase of any area within or around your home is an incredibly exciting time.

Be it a fresh turf, native plants or a water feature, the possibilities are endless when it comes to dreaming up (and eventually, creating) your dream backyard. And luckily, it’s an easier process than you’d think.

However, like many design processes, it will involve a few considerations and some planning on your end before it becomes a reality.

So, if you’re hunting for advice on how to create your dream backyard, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our comprehensive guide on all you’ll need to get started.

Create a wish list of your wants and needs

Though it may potentially be scaled back as the plan progresses, creating an initial wish list allows you to get your thoughts onto paper, and can set a precedent for how you’d like your dream backyard to appear. On your wish list, include key words about the atmosphere you’d like to create (fun, relaxing, natural), and think about key features you wish to incorporate. This is the time to go big with your ideas, including kids’ play equipment, spacious turf or quirky water features.

Be realistic and understand your yard’s potential and limitations

Once you’ve decided on your dream backyard wish list, take a stroll around the space and get a feel for what may or may not be possible. Think about permanent, immovable fixtures, factors such as the direction of sunlight at different times of day, and aspects of its current condition that may not be deemed ‘salvageable’.

This is also the time to consider budget and investment. Once you’ve looked at your yard’s physical potential, develop an understanding of how realistic each item on your wish list is. From here, draft a budget that can serve as your starting point before you consult local companies for further assistance.

Learn the local council rules

This is an important step to take, as some factors on your wish list or plan may not even be feasible once your local council’s regulations come into the picture. Call them and obtain specific advice about adjustments to your property, including fence heights, building approvals for larger structures like sheds, and fencing regulations for pools.

Consult a professional

Once you’ve got a finalised, drafted plan, it’s time to consult a professional for their advice. Conduct some research and find a local landscape garden designer to talk through your plans and budget with. They’ll be able to turn your ideas into a professional design, provide an overview of the total costs it will incur, and decide a logical order to start working in – which is important where drainage, water and electrical works are concerned.

Ready to make your dream backyard a reality?

Our trusty landscaping team at Looking Good Landscaping is ready to help. With more than 24 years of experience across the Perth metropolitan area – specifically around the suburbs of Secret Harbour, Rockingham and Baldivis, we’re well-equipped to create the backyard of your dreams.  

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