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”. 

Home exterior updates

  • Roofing
  • Recladding
  • Exterior painting
  • Window/door replacements
  • Extension/outdoor room addition
  • Creating indoor/outdoor flow


  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Driveway
  • Paving
  • Retaining

Outdoor shelter 

  • Pergola
  • Shade sail
  • Awning
  • Retractable roof
  • Permanent roof
  • Louvre roof
  • Screens


  • Privacy screens
  • Planting plan to increase privacy
  • Fencing
  • Automated gates

Outdoor lighting

  • Mood lighting
  • Pathway/driveway lighting
  • Garden lighting
  • Entrance lighting
  • Security lighting

Special features

  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Outdoor lounge
  • Outdoor fireplace/heating
  • Spa pool
  • Swimming pool
  • Fountains/sculptures
  • Outdoor shower


  • Updated planting plan
  • Themed gardens
  • Lawn installation
  • Irrigation
  • Rainwater harvesting system
  • Compost
  • Maintenance

Preferred style

  • Urban
  • Coastal
  • Desert
  • Resort
  • Tropical
  • Country
  • Tuscan
  • Japanese
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Other

Once you have completed your checklist, get in touch to book a free consultation - we’ll help you to put together a plan and will take care of every stage of your project. 

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