Make a wish list: Include plants, water features, pergolas, clothes lines, patios… Whatever you would like to have included in your landscape.
Make a needs list: Include things like pathways, barbecue area, storage, privacy.
Take photos: Take lots of pictures and stagger them so that you can overlap them later to create your yard.
Make a plan of your yard: Use your existing survey and if possible enlarge it to scale.
Design your garden: Choose your hardscaping material and your plants. Pay close attention to the size listed on the plant tags. Consider what the gardens will look like from different views.
Draw on your pictures: use a black fine marker and draw in the shapes of the desired features and plants. Include the shapes of the garden beds and hardscape features.