Amazing Patio Area Makeover on a Budget

7 Materials
2 Months

We did not have a specific area for the patio or enjoying ourselves in the garden. We designed this space and did all the work ourselves to create this beautiful space on a budget.


The garden before

We cut back the trees and shrubs

Measured and marked the area, which we then dug up using a mini digger

We used sleepers to mark the base as it was on a slight hill and to ensure the area was level (initially we were going to have a path but ended up extending the area and removed the sleeper to create one continuous space)

We then built the screen, we built the framework using 4x2 timber and secured it in place using screws

we then used 6x1 fence timbers, which we cut in half to create a slim timber (if you read the post you will see that this patio area was built using the cover pandemic so we were limited as to materials and also our budget didn't allow for smooth 3x1 timbers)

We fixed the timbers in place using nail gun. We painted the timbers before they went on the timber frame

Next step was to create the slabbed area. We used hardcore and sand which was wacked down to create a solid base for the slabs. These slabs were similar to paving slabs and did not require sand and cement mix to put them firmly in place

the area was slabbed using a random pattern

Once the kiln dried sand was put in the gaps and wacked, the furniture put in place the garden makeover was complete!

I created a separate area to relax and to dine as well as a little bar area

we created a relaxing space to enjoy dinner at the table

*cost does not include the furniture

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3 of 22 questions
  • Tami Bendzel Mangan
    Tami Bendzel Mangan
    on Aug 11, 2020

    Is your house shown in the picture? Just wondering how you get to the yard, because I have a similar space but you walk down from steps from kitchen

    • From Evija with Love
      From Evija with Love
      on Aug 11, 2020

      Thanks Tami, the dining room and the large door faces the patio area .. so we can walk through straight from kitchen/dining room (it’s open plan) into the garden .. sorry not very clear but you can slightly see the dining room and the door on the right

  • Liz
    on Aug 14, 2020

    Oh I love this!!! One question though. How are you going to trim those hedges? Can you remove that fence so you can cut them?

    • From Evija with Love
      From Evija with Love
      on Aug 14, 2020

      there is only hedge on the left hand side we cut it right back before we built it and my husband has a ladder and extended hedge trimmer so shouldn’t be a problem ! The bushes and hedge at the back is in the neighbours garden . Thank you

  • Janine Bennett
    Janine Bennett
    on Aug 19, 2020

    what did you fill up with under the sand

    • From Evija with Love
      From Evija with Love
      on Aug 19, 2020

      We put rubble, bits of concrete we had from lifting the paths and filled with hardcore .. it was all compacted and then later of sand

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  • Goldbeargirl
    on Aug 19, 2020

    I love it!! The only thing I would do is add some type of "shade" I could roll out if needed. Very nice job

  • Nancy curtis
    Nancy curtis
    on Sep 7, 2020

    What is a sleeper, a mini digger, a whacker

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