10 Steps To Landscape Designing The Perfect Outdoor Living Space

September 28, 2021 The Amateurs Digest 0

Any landscape designer who knows what they are doing would never dream of designing a garden without following a series of logical steps. The idea that you can ‘make it up as you go along’ does not exist in professional landscape design. Whilst some amateurs might try it that way, it almost certainly will end up with a landscaping project that comes nowhere near its potential as an outdoor living space.

Whether you are a hobbyist gardener, a homeowner wanting their garden landscaped, or someone who might be thinking of a career as a landscape designer or landscape architect, then you should know what steps are necessary for a customised outdoor living area. That being the case, here are the ten leading steps that should be followed by professional landscape designers and landscape architects when creating an outdoor living space.

Determine The Purpose: The first step must be to determine what the purpose of the new outdoor living space is to be. The area available will influence this, but regardless, decide if it is for parties and barbecues, quiet relaxation, a fun place for the whole family, or to be a visual delight.

Create The Layout: Next, you want to create an initial layout. This will need to take into account the space you have, any existing features that are remaining, and your ideas for any new features and furniture. Plus, some accounts must be taken out of the available budget.

Take Account Of The Surroundings: As you continue planning the new outdoor living space, you have to factor in the surroundings and, if applicable, what views there are from the garden. You want to ensure the new design does not block these. Conversely, you can use new bushes and trees to block unsightly views.



How to Design Your Outdoor Space to Suit Your Climate

March 20, 2017 The Amateurs Digest 0

Outdoor spaces that are designed especially for the family to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine are popular these days. They offer a chance to change your location from indoors to outside without sacrificing too much in the way of convenience and comfort. The right kind of outdoor furniture plays a big part in ensuring your space is right for you, but you also have to design the space to suit your local climate, otherwise the best furniture will be of no use.


For instance, if you live in a temperate climate you will very likely be able to enjoy being outside for most of the year, although not always at night in the winter. Most temperate climates don’t have snow and there are many days in the winter that are sunny and mild enough to be outside.

In the summer, the days can be too hot for sitting in the sun, so your outdoor space will need some kind of shade. This can be from a nearby tree, a shade sail or a proper roof. You may also need protection from a prevailing cold or hot wind by adding a decorative wall or clear plastic blinds on that side. You could also add a chiminea or some other kind of heating to extend the length of time your outdoor space can be used for.