i think i'd like professional help (lufguss nods as he finally admits it), but i don't know exactly who can provide this service.
basically, the front of our house, including the garden and drive, is slightly impractical for us, a bit dilapidated, and visually meh. but my wife and i have little design nous between us.
what we'd like is some kind of design/architecture/landscaping? consultant who can take our considerations, as well as the style and age of the house, and produce some sketches and maybe guidelines that we can implement over a couple of years, bringing in landscapers and builders as necessary to fix the wall/drive/garden/porch/house front.
is that a thing? someone who knows enough about gardens, architecture, design and construction