Draw on your inspiration
If you need inspiration, look to magazines, Pinterest, Instagram and your local nurseries for ideas. Once you know more or less what you want, draw a rough plan.
Don’t worry too much about exact measurements and the budget, this is your chance to be creative and dream big. For example, your ideal children’s play area includes an amazing jungle gym complete with a climbing wall, so plan to keep enough space open for it, even if your kids have to make do with a sandpit for now.
The idea is to create a flexible but long-term vision for the garden, even though the start of it will be on a budget.
To save money and water, consider reducing lawn size by designing large water-wise garden beds, adding interesting hardscaping or creating pathways through your garden.