Landscape Design Basics
STEPS TO PLANNING YOUR DREAM LANDSCAPE
A stylish landscape/garden does not have to be expensive, but to make the best use of the space available, you need to plan the layout carefully.
Select pavers that match internal floor coverings to ensure the transition from indoor-out is subtle and blends with your decoration style.
Choose your style or landscape e.g: Formal with straight lines or informal with curving lines. Do you prefer an NZ native look? English formal look? Tropical look? – use your books and magazines for ideas.
3. ESSENTIAL FEATURES!
Driveway, patio, paths, clothesline. When designing, consider things like: views, shade, access, sunshine, wind, slopes, drainage, security and privacy.
4. EXTRA FEATURES
CONSIDER THINGS LIKE vegetable garden, fruit trees, irrigation, garden lighting, BBQ area, pool, garden shed, compost bins, children’s playground, pets, raised planters, walls, pergolas, outdoor fire, water features, etc.
5. SITE PLAN!
Using a pencil on the grid provided, carefully draw a site plan of y our property showing all existing features that you want to keep e.g. house, garage, trees, etc. Use a scale of 1:100 e.g. each square on the grid = 1m².
IDENTIFY AND MARK THESE 6 AREAS ON YOUR PLAN: 1. Entrance way 2. Driveway 3. Parking 4. Patio 5. Service area (clothesline/bins) 6. Lawn areas.
This may take a while and you won’t get it the right first time – so please be patient! Mak e sure you have an eraser handy! Design in the essential features first e.g: 1. Driveway 2. Patio and Paths 3. Walls and fences 4. Clothesline area – and then design in your gardens, trees and lawn areas. Lastly, add in any extra features you want.
8. ACTION LIST!
From your plan – create an installation action list in order of priority. In order to successfully complete your project – you must install all hardscape (pavers etc) products first and softscape (gardens etc) last. This is because the hardscape products provide the “skeleton” of your landscape and the softscape provides the “flesh”.
This is the really exciting part! Order your PREMIER products from your local DIY store or call us on 0800 22 22 98 to organize the delivery for you. You can DIY or choose a Premier approved installer to do the work for you.
Pop the champagne, relax and enjoy your beautiful landscape.
More Design Considerations
- Learn where the sun goes so you can site your patio and plants to best advantage
- Your lifestyle can influence your design
- A level garden makes a patio easy to lay
- Sloped gardens let you create interesting step features and terraces
- The sizes and laying patterns of the paving dictate whether the final look is formal or random
- Explore texture, colour and pattern to lend character to your garden or driveway and to suit y our home.
- Circles, Octants, Walling, Edgings, Water Features,
- Stepping Stones, Paths and Lighting can all enhance your design
- Decorative aggregates are effective mulches in borders and can add interesting textures
- Use colours that complement, or contrast with the surrounds
- Choose the right materials: Block paving is perfect for driveways (garden paving products in this brochure are not suitable)
- Remember the drainage! Kerb blocks will help keep your driveway free of puddles
- Circles, Octants, Walling, Edging and Lighting can all enhance your design
How To Choose Your Pavers And Achieve The Look You Desire
STEP 2. Select the paver size that you prefer. Your choice will depend on the look you wish to achieve. Also, check out our ‘GENERAL TIPS’ below.
STEP 3. Select a colour that complements your area, home and surroundings.
STEP 4. Choose to D.I.Y (DO IT YOURSELF) or hire a professional contractor. Check HOW TO LAY YOUR WETCAST PAVERS for a basic guide to laying your Premier Pavers (Italia Range).
TO LOCATE YOUR NEAREST STORE SIMPLY CALL 0800 22 22 98 OR FIND IT HERE STOCKISTS
TIP 1. Select pavers that match internal floor coverings to ensure the transition from indoor-out is subtle and blends with your decoration style.
TIP 2. If paving around pools or building steps, choose from our bullnose range to create a smooth finish.
TIP 3. Combining large and small format pavers can add textural qualities for a more distinctive space.
TIP 4. When paving a small space, keep the design simple and use a neutral coloured, large-format paver to create a sense of space.
TIP 5. Large format pavers, such as 450 x 450mm speed up the laying process.
TIP 6. Lighter coloured pavers make a shady area seem much brighter and warmer.
TIP 7. Darker colours add contrast and interest to your outdoor areas.