How to Design My Backyard Online

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Exterior design plans don't have to be pricey, if you use free resources from the Internet. Doing a preliminary design allows you to try out different ideas before you waste money purchasing items that you won't like or use later. If you're feeling stuck for inspiration, it's a good idea to take a look at online portfolios and design magazines.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital camera
  • Internet
  • Search backyard design ideas from online decor and garden sites. When you've found some that you like, print them out and use them for reference.

  • Design your deck with a program like the Deck Visualizer from DIYonline.com. After you've named your product and created a membership, it gives you free access to its deck design tools.

  • Take pictures of your backyard, or copy and paste those that you've created in the Deck Visualizer. If you plan on redesigning multiple areas, you'll want to take individual photos of those spaces.

  • Log onto showoff.com and click on the "Visualizer" tab on the navigation bar. You will need to log in or create an account. Upload the pictures of your backyard to the site.

  • Click on the "Category" tab on the lower right-hand corner of your screen. Choose the category of items you want to put in your backyard. Click on the product you want to add.

  • Size the item to scale. Continue adding new items until you feel your backyard is complete.

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