What would you like for your garden? – area for entertaining and relaxing – create an ‘outdoor room’ with inbuilt seating, bbq, lighting, water feature, sculpture
Functional – somewhere to store furniture, bikes, hang out washing, need some shade
Children – lawn area for ball games, play structures, chalk boards, trampoline, swimming pool, sand pit
Plants – are you keen on plants? – would you like all year round interest, flowers for cutting, vegetable gardening, planting to provide privacy, low maintenance ?
What kind of surface are you keen on – paving, lawn, decking
Situation – Is the garden accessed from the new open plan kitchen with large doors or is it a view from a living room window? does the garden face north or south? This will impact on the amount of light and shade.