Amazing Patio Area Makeover on a Budget

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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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  • Mary Mary on Jun 21, 2021

    It's lovely, but I was wondering, how are you going to maintain the shrubs behind the fence? Water, trim, etc.

  • Steve Steve on Aug 08, 2021

    I love this. Not familiar with the term "sleeper" in construction. What does it mean?

  • Terry L. Harding Terry L. Harding on Aug 09, 2021

    You made a truly lovely haven to escape to and the negative comments are unnecessary. My question is if you put something on the furniture to keep it from getting too wet if it rains? Or do you throw covers over them? It's truly beautiful and a great job!


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  • Karen Karen on Aug 08, 2021

    Looks amazing and absolutely beautiful. The comment and tip from J the landscaping company owner about to NOT PUT sand under pavers as it retains moisture and it will be an ant infested sanctuary. It will also become uneven in a few years . This tip was given to me by a landscaping company owner too.