Planning Your Perfect Garden

By: Jeremy Scott

Good weather is on the way and the garden is on your mind. If you are thinking about creating the garden of your dreams, then now is the time to roll up your sleeves and get to work!
Due to the rather unreliable weather we experience in the UK, most homeowners only ever wake up to the potential of the garden as an additional outside living space during the warmer months of spring and summer. If you have grand designs for your garden, you need to start the planning process well in advance. Given the current trend for "don't move, improve" it is quite likely that 2009 will see more and more homeowner's spending money on their existing properties in an effort to create the ideal home and garden.
With finances being more of an issue in this climate, outdoor spaces that are both affordable and practical are ever the more important. There are no set rules governing the design of your garden as everyone's idea of the perfect garden varies.
Safe Play Haven?
When designing your garden it is extremely easy to overlook the importance of children's safety. It's easy to forget that poor fencing; dangerous trees and plants and unsuitable surfaces below kids equipment, such as climbing frames and swings, can be an accident waiting to happen.
Think long and hard about the safety measures and remember that toddlers and older children require different safety solutions.
The Perfect Driveway
Is parking a nightmare in you street? If it is, off street parking can give you peace of mind! There is no fun at all in endlessly searching for a space at the end of a long days work. Consider enhancing your property with a well designed driveway, creating a stress free, clean and smart way to park.
One interesting legal point is that unless you are working with a permeable driveway product planning permission may be required.
Here Comes the Good Life
Improvements to your outdoor space may extend to the introduction of a new "grow your own" zone, designed to cut down your grocery bills whilst also reducing your family's carbon footprint. You may also want to consider the creation of raised beds to make the art of cultivation that much easier!
Outdoor Entertainment
If you like to entertain on a regular basis, it may be worth thinking about investing in a dedicated outdoor entertainment space designed to make alfresco socializing a cinch. A striking patio located within easy access to the kitchen and incorporating a built in barbecue makes for a stress free approach to outdoor dining. And don't forget, the more informal garden dinner party is a lot less work - and generally less expensive - than the traditional more formal indoor setting, with the added bonus of no red wine stains on the carpet or sofa too!
Once you've had a chance to think through the changes you want to make to your outdoor space, it pays to bring in the professionals and seek guidance on a realistic price which should detail all the installation and labour costs, along with an anticipated time frame.

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