Once you have decided on your style, plan out your garden on some graph paper, taking into account the size of your property, the placement of the house and any other outbuildings. This will give you a good idea of the proportions of the garden and where you can place the different areas, such as hard landscaping areas of paving, the pool, Jacuzzi, terrace, etc.
Spend time at your local garden centres, look out for plants, pots, water features, materials such as pavers, stepping stones, pebbles, garden furniture, barbecues and plant materials.Think about your lifestyle.
What are your needs in the garden? Do you entertain outdoors? Do you need an area of relaxation? What are your children needs? How much time do you have per week to spend in the garden? Do you want a low maintenance garden? Do you want a simple garden or do you like a lot of colour in the garden?
The answers to these questions will determine exactly what needs to be included in your garden design.
A contemporary garden has a modern uncluttered look. Clean lines and a minimum maintenance, which suites a busy modern day family.
The garden is an extension of your home, it must flow from the home and this can be achieved by incorporating an outdoor area with the inside area. In other words create an outdoor room such as a terrace or patio that leads onto the garden but which, at the same time, incorporates the comforts you need, such as comfortable furniture, lighting, a barbecue for outdoor cooking, a music centre and even a television.
The materials to be used in the contemporary garden are stainless steel, glass in the form of glass bricks, concrete, wooden decking and stone paving.
Create different levels in the garden; an area of decking is ideal as a space for dining and relaxing. Go a step further and have a modern conservatory added, this will create an indoor, outdoor room instantly. Build planter boxes and create neat areas for planting.