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How to design my backyard landscape

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How to design my backyard landscape in Melbourne without a master garden designer

This is Part 3 of my series about the backyard. I’m still going to write about it (I hope you’ll keep reading), but this is my first post about the design process and getting started. This is where I try to make sure we get some good images, or design details in for our yard.

Step 1: Get a basic idea

I’ve already talked about this at length in earlier posts. A good “basic” idea for the space you want to design should include your primary living space, any storage you need, your BBQ area, etc. Don’t be over-cautious. A really large and open backyard will be a more flexible space, and we could just “see” that when the design process gets underway. It’s also OK to keep things very simple, if you want, but you can’t avoid drawing a map!

I do a lot of work with my clients, so if you’d like some suggestions as to what my design style is, have a look at some of my work, or click here for my website.

Step 2: Draw a map of the space

Using graph paper works well. You’ll end up with the following design:

Step 3: Draw a floor plan

You’ll need to draw your floor plan, and then some boxes to put in each area. For a large backyard you might be lucky and only need to have a few boxes. For my Melbourne back yard I needed to work with six boxes. Oni su:

Živi prostor

Bathroom and toilet

Dining

Roštilj

Vrt

Workshop/office

This design is just a way to get some information in place, and show the scope of your backyard. From here you’ll need to think about design, but if you don’t know anything about design, you’ll find it a bit daunting at this stage.

Step 4: Find a builder

The first thing to do is find a builder. The next two weeks will be spent searching around for a builder, and if you’re lucky, you might have a favourite builder already, but there are a couple of things you’ll want to consider:

Have they completed work similar to yours? This gives you a chance to assess their work, and whether it’s right for you

What are they willing to do? You’ll want your builder to be able to build your backyard, but if you’re dealing with a more experienced builder they might be happy to take over things once you have agreed with the design. You can often work with an architect and builder at the same time to find someone to fit both needs.

Make sure you know whether you are happy to work with your builder to build your backyard. Make sure you know how to communicate effectively with them, and whether they have an understanding of what you want. You will need to be happy to agree on the design, and make the process quick.

Step 5: Choosing the right designer

Once you’ve decided on a builder, the next step is to select your designer. Think about where you might be able to source a designer, or at least some initial inspiration. Look on websites like Behance and Dribble to get some ideas, as they’re a great source of inspiration for design.

You’ll want to make sure that your designer is able to provide a proposal that contains a cost breakdown, and a scope of work that includes both design and construction. A proposal should include:

Cost estimates, including construction, material and other major costs

If you’re working with a builder, make sure that you’re happy with the scope of work, as well as the estimate.

Step 6: Finishing touches

Once you’ve decided on your plans and budget for your backyard, it’s time to start the building process. Start by getting a builder to give you an estimate of the cost of the project, but make sure they understand that a lot of the cost will be dependent on the final design. If they can’t be bothered to get back to you, then they’re likely not the right choice.

The next step will be the design, and you’ll want to start looking at ideas. You’ll want to look at a variety of sources to make sure you have an idea of how much the final design will cost, as well as an idea of the overall aesthetics you’re after.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, take a look at our list of ideas for the perfect backyard, and make sure you put your own twist on it.

Sljedeći koraci

You now know everything you need to start the process of designing your backyard. We’re sure you’ll have some questions along the way, and the best way to get answers is to get in touch with your local real estate agent. You can find them here.

Your first step is to find out what they can offer you.Bez obzira na to jesu li stručnjaci u jednom određenom području ili ste u mogućnosti ponuditi širok spektar usluga, htjet ćete otkriti tko su tako da znate s kim ćete raditi. Ako su u mogućnosti savjetovati vas o vrsti projekta koji vam je potreban, ali ne znate kako to učiniti, nema smisla ići s tim. Proces možete započeti tako što ćete pogledati naše ideje o tome kako postaviti projekt DIY dvorišta.

Sljedeći je korak razgovarati s nekoliko prijatelja, obitelji ili čak susjeda koje možete zatražiti povratne informacije. Najbolji način da se dobije iskreno, nepristrano mišljenje o tome što planirate je okupljati nekoliko ljudi i usporediti bilješke. Nakon što se odlučite za svoje planove, vaš će graditelj početi raditi na njima, a do tada je sve kasno za povratak. Dakle, kao što smo rekli, najbolji način da saznate da imate sve kako biste napravili malo temelja s nekoliko prijatelja prije nego što krenete naprijed i započnete postupak dizajna.

Kad ste spremni započeti proces dizajniranja, dobra je ideja otići lokalnom graditelju ili web mjestu poznate tvrtke za poboljšanje kuće. Tamo ćete pronaći obilje planova za to kako izgledaju različite vrste projekata u dvorištu. Razlog za to je taj što nisu svi dizajni stvoreni jednaki. Na raspolaganju su različite vrste dizajna i različiti načini za njihovo postizanje. Čak i na istoj web stranici, imat ćete planove koji odgovaraju različitim proračunima i različitim razinama vještina i stručnosti.

Nakon što pronađete svoje omiljene planove, morat ćete odabrati izvođača koji vam se sviđa i vjeruje. Ne želite se naći