In this article, we'll help you to collect all of your exterior ideas in one place so that you can get more clarity with your exterior project. We've also created a "Downloadable Exterior Planning Checklist" that you can use to help you plan your exterior renovation.

If you have a lot of ideas in mind of how you’d like to spruce up your outdoors but aren’t quite sure where to start, make your way through this checklist: noting which items are “musts”, “nice-to-haves” or “don’t needs”. 

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Firstly, ask yourself the following:

  • What are my main priorities within this landscaping project?
  • What style do I gravitate toward? (e.g. coastal, native, luxury, rustic etc.)
  • Are my ideas going to match the style of my home?
  • What is my budget range?
  • Have you checked your calendar for the most convenient time of year to carry out a landscaping project?
  • Have you considered how this landscaping work might affect your lifestyle?
  • Have you considered the climate, orientation, soil type and other local conditions like wind, rainfall and drainage?


Now, consider if each item is a must-have, nice-to-have or not important…



  • Compost
  • Edible vegetable garden
  • Landscaped lawn
  • Artificial grass
  • Retaining walls or terraced sections
  • Raised garden beds
  • Native plants
  • Flower garden/s
  • Deciduous trees
  • Tree or plant removal
  • Irrigation
  • Automated irrigation systems
  • Rainwater system
  • Greywater system


  • Decking - wood, composite, bamboo, stone, concrete, brick
  • Patio - concrete pavers, stone, brick, ceramic tiles
  • Built-in seating
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Outdoor oven
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • BBQ
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa pool
  • Outdoor shower 
  • Outdoor entertainment system
  • Kids play area - playground, sports, playhouse etc.
  • Pergola or outdoor room/coverage

Functionality - Safety Features

  • New fencing - vinyl, wood, stone, metal, concrete, composite
  • Gates - vinyl, wood, stone, metal, concrete, composite
  • Automated gates
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Smart-bulb lighting
  • Automated home security system
  • Indoor/outdoor flow
  • Workshop
  • Firewood shed
  • Pathways
  • Sun and warmth optimisation
  • Space for pets
  • Privacy
  • Wheelchair accessibility to your home

Maintenance - Updating

  • Re-cladding – timber, metal, brick and stone, composite, stucco, fibre cement, vinyl PVC siding
  • Re-roofing – concrete tile, clay tile, vinyl asphalt, metal, solar, rubber slate
  • New front door – wooden, steel, French, fibreglass, themed
  • New driveway – gravel, sealed, concrete, brick, green
  • New garage/carport
  • Exterior painting
  • Street presentation/adding value