We designed and installed a garden for the Atlanta Koi Club at the Southeastern Flower Show. It was a fun experience and we won 2 major awards from the judges. Only sad part was that
after all of the hard work setting it up, 3 days later we took it all down and it was gone forever. All that remains is the memories and photographs. We built and installed everything that is seen in this garden.
Garden furniture can be very expensive and here's a simple idea on how to make free or almost free garden loungers using simple pallets.
I used 5 pallets and some wood scraps to make these two and that part was free. If you want to paint or add cushions (recommended!) that will be extra but all in all this cost me $10 for the red paint and that's it!
The basic idea of how to make these is to take two pallets of the same rectangular shape and stack them on top of each other, do the same with the second lounge chair. Then take the last pallet, divide it in half and add some wood scraps to construct two backrests that you attach to the stacked pallets with two screws. Minimal sanding and some paint and you're done.
I must warn you that the idea is simple but deconstructing the 5th pallet is pretty hard physical work but can be made easier if you have the proper tools and/or a muscular guy to help :)
Check out my blog for more photos and detailed instructions on how I went about it:
The Butterfly bush (Buddleia) is a perfect pond or streamside plant. Placed in the back of the viewing area or near the source of a pondless feature it hides less desireable background objects and obscures the "beginning" of a stream. The blooms attract many types of butterflies and hummingbirds.
I built this bar from recycled barn lumber. The sides and cabinets are Southern yellow pine that I planed down. The top is oak barn siding, planed lightly and covered with liquid bar sealer. The hand and foot rails are chestnut pole rafters