Designing an outdoor area that exceeds a clients design brief can be a challenging task, especially if you're working with a small space. Here are a few simple tips to think about before engaging your designer.....  

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When working with a small space, it's always best to keep the design simple. Think about what you want to use the space for. This should then dictate the design formula to give you an idea of how much of your space will be allocated for hardscapes and gardens. The more layers you impose, the higher the risk of creating a space that doesn't flow. A great design should look effortless and as natural as possible.

Scale plays a big part too.  A small area should use plants that are proportionate for the space. This means understanding the growth habits of your plants so they don't encroach too much on your usable space. This way you will be sure to enjoy your new outdoor area.