We've been in our house for about 10 years now, and like loads of people our garden has always been lower priority than the rest of the house, work, life etc.
I've long wanted a lovely garden, and husband and I have talked and talked about what to do with it. Our garden's triangular and has a decent slope to it, a sign of the modern development our house is in and the type of plots that were built on.
It's in a lovely south facing position and we get lots of sun, and it spans the back of our house so is actually lovely and wide. We do however, have a few houses which can look in our garden which leads to a feeling of a lack of privacy. We removed eight massive trees when we moved in, and it's been a bit of a hotch potch of things since then.
Husband and I both wanted something private, up to date and low maintenance. We also wanted to even out the slope and sort our ancient and mismatching fencing out.
We decided to get a professional garden designer in - despite the (actually not too expensive) cost, we thought a professional could really help us achieve what we wanted, rather than just put a few new slabs down for us. Although it felt like an indulgence, I knew when I met the designer, and when we saw the first cut of the plans it was the right decision.
The first plan we saw really went a long way to achieving just what I was after - privacy, grown up and space for our kids to play, and bringing everything together.
I love the plans too, and can really see it coming to life in our garden. I can't wait to see the final design in a few weeks and then hopefully the work will be completed in the next few months.
I'll keep this blog updated and if you have any tips for managing a garden project, please let me know.