When you plan your new house design it is also a good time to consider landscaping around your house and property. Just like choosing the right house design, landscaping decisions will ultimately affect how your new home will look and affect your property value. A well designed garden will also complement your indoor/outdoor flow, save you time in your garden, and of course add value to your new home. Here are some tips for landscaping your new home. Some people choose to use a professional landscape designer when planning their new garden. We recommend this if it is an affordable option. A professional landscaper will understand your vision for your new garden and give you drawings and options about what plants and features will work best to realise that vision. They will also be able to recommend what plants do or don't grow well in particular climates, locations and soils, which can save you time and money in the long run. A professional landscape designer will make sure you meet ground level requirements and be able to advise you when Council permits may be necessary. If you plan to undertake the work yourself have a checklist in place for all the key items in your garden such as clothesline, shed, rubbish bins, and compost. After this take some time to think carefully about how you want your new home to flow into the outdoors. Decking will often be needed for entertainment areas, you may like to continue this decking around the main part of the house, or have separate private decks for where you have doors opening from bedrooms. Garden boxes and paths help keep your property tidy, and for easy maintenance you may wish to use raised garden beds for your vegetable garden too. Water features can include fish ponds, solar powered fountains or a spa pool. Just like a house design, with landscaping there is no end to your imagination. Country cottage, formal, modern, or native - your garden plan can express your personality as well as be an extension of your new home. If you don't have any fixed ideas, or a struggling with your plan, try gardening magazines and books to stimulate ideas. You will often find layouts and features that you had not thought of, as well as being able to see photos of finished gardens. Once you have decided your design you can then plan the materials you want to use. For paving and pathways you have wooden decking, tiles, stones, pebbles etc. Lighting can include effect lighting using solar powered lights as well as security lights. Plants can be low maintenance plants or flowers such as roses. Don't forget to add interesting sculptures and art for a point of difference. By having a garden plan in place, when you move into your new home you will have peace of mind that the dirt surrounding your house will soon be a perfect setting for you to enjoy.