Posted: 27/01/2017 at 18:29
Hi Sandra - you have a good plot to start with, but the important thing to do is decide what you want from the garden and also what you don't want. A list will help focus all your ideas. You've already made a couple of decisions so build on that. General likes and dislikes, styles of garden and plants, colours, storage etc etc.
Take some photos and draw out the basic layout, then make yourself some copies which you can doodle on. Ideally, you'd make a proper plan, but if you're unable to do that, do a few rough sketches. Once you have a better idea of the final requirements, you can then do a plan that's more to scale. That's important, because that lovely patio and dining area you think you'll have room for might have to fit into a space the size of a doormat. It's the most common mistake most people make
Dividing a space is always a good design trick, as you've already realsied, and can make small spaces seem bigger, and also help for disguising the 'work' areas of a garden. If you like that idea, then get it high on the list. Bit at a time is the way to go, and any hard landscaping first. If you're handy with a saw and a screwdriver, it saves a lot of money