Enjoyment on your own ground: designing your dream garden in five steps

18 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

Enjoyment on your own ground: designing your dream garden in five steps

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Winter is the perfect time to design a garden. This way you can get started with the construction in the spring and enjoy a new garden this summer. How do you do that? With these five steps of vtwonen it is a breeze.

Step 1: Make a wish list

The most time-consuming part of creating a garden design is the preparation. What does your dream garden look like and what do you want in it? Ask all your family members if they want to put their garden wishes on paper. Maybe not everything will fit; keep the wishes that score highest, so you can design a garden that everyone is happy with.

Also think about your budget right away. You can have a lot to be desired, but with a small budget you better leave out a new porch.

In terms of style, you can view websites of garden designers, who often have impressive portfolios with beautiful gardens as an example. Search Instagram on the hashtag garden design and look for inspiration from garden designs at the vtwonen example gardens.

Step 2: Map your garden

Make a scale plan with the most important fixed elements of your garden. Measuring is preferably done in pairs: straight lines are easy to measure, but angles are more difficult. Measure from the facade of the garden. Also indicate the house on the floor plan, with the doors and windows: this is important for the walking and viewing direction in the garden.

Also check the location: is the garden facing north or south? This is useful to know because of the position of the sun during the day. Therefore, in your garden design, also draw an arrow to the north on the map. Once complete, you can copy the basic drawing multiple times, so that you can make different plans later.

Step 3: Make a spot plan

Display a basic layout on the plan. This does not have to be done right on scale, which is why it is also called a stain plan.

So you will outline how the layout could be. Consider, for example, terrace (s), lawn, pond, border (s), trees, hedges, paths, shed / garden house / greenhouse, sandpit / playground. Or an outdoor kitchen, pergola, vegetable garden (box), compost heap, watering system (outside tap), pipes for garden lighting and electricity for, for example, light in the shed and a place for the waste containers. Always try to come up with a completely different variant, so that you come to the most unique designs.

When creating a floor plan, think about the layout of your garden. Do you go for many plants, trees or hedges? (Photo: NU.nl/Ria Gerards)

Step 4: Draw your design to scale

Whether you are going to construct the garden yourself or leave the job to a professional, the It is always handy to have a scale drawing ready. Choose the most suitable sketch and work it out in more detail. You can do this by hand, a ruler and graph paper, but it is also possible to use garden design software such as Google SketchUp or Floorplanner.

A garden plan requires a structure of lines, the so-called basic shapes, something that is very important in all garden designs. There are ten of these shapes: rectangle, C-line, diagonal line, S-line, rhombus and triangle, square, oval, circle, intersecting lines and narrow cobbled spaces.

Step 5: Determine the interpretation < / h2>

Now that the lines have been turned off, you can start 'coloring' the design. Do you find it difficult to see which materials and plants go well together? Then make a mood board on paper or with the help of Pinterest. Keep the pavement calm and make sure that the chosen materials match the facing bricks of the house.

A wooden deck terrace should preferably be given a place in the sun, so that the planks turn green less quickly. For the green layout, the borders, you can make a separate planting plan.