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Couple quoted £16k for garden makeover Do it yourself for half price

You would never know this is a do-it-yourself job! (Photo: LatestDeals)

Elizabeth Astin, 56, is desperate to remodel her garden and has reached out to landscapers to see how much it will help her return.

But after being quoted £16,000 for the job, registered nurse Elizabeth decided to see if she could cut costs with a little DIY.

Use hack and finding bargains to cut costs has allowed her and her family to get the garden they wanted while saving £7,000 off list price.

A busy mother of three daughters in her 20s, Elizabeth and her husband purchased their Lancashire home 19 years ago when it was newly built.

She said the garden was a “lower courtyard area with a huge retaining wall and a north-facing sloping upper area,” adding that it was “not attractive at all.”

Although the family wanted to upgrade the space, they decided to wait until the kids were older – and not using it to play – before doing so.

Elizabeth tells the community to save money LatestDeals.co.uk: ‘Now that they’re big, we finally want to tackle the garden and improve it.

The front garden (Photo: LatestDeals)
Elizabeth is not a fan of the iron fence that has been there for decades (Image: LatestDeals)

‘The first step is planning. That was difficult with the garden being on a slope. We realized we needed at least two floors or terraced areas to be able to have somewhere to entertain and relax.

‘Although the back garden faces North, luckily it still gets the sun at the top of the garden all day until sunset. We need to address this to make sure we maximize the sun. ‘

While thrifty, Elizabeth scoured the ‘Frugal DIY’ Facebook group for tips and recommendations from seasoned gardeners. Meanwhile, her husband started tearing down old floors and fences.

Elizabeth’s husband had to work to turn the garden into a blank canvas before the work began (Image: LatestDeals)
The clerics in the garden also had to come down (Image: LatestDeals.co.uk)

They don’t do everything themselves, choosing to pay a builder to order the patio and do some of the better work for professionals.

Elizabeth said this took up a large portion of the budget, but was necessary due to the specialized nature of the treatment of retaining walls and other structural elements.

She said: ‘Construction work was £9k but we saved money by electrifying our grandson who is an electrician.

Because the garden has slopes and retaining walls, they had to call in professionals for certain jobs (Image: LatestDeals)
They built a seating area using leftover wood from the builders (Image: LatestDeals)

‘Also we tried to keep the price down by using wooden rail sleepers instead of building retaining walls. The builder provided all the materials. ‘

A stylish glass fence was on Elizabeth’s wish list, costing £3,200, and they have saved cash elsewhere to balance costs by reusing leftover materials .

For example, a meditation garden was created using Indian stones and sleepers left over from the builder, and they moved old yard panels to their front garden so nothing was wasted. fee.

The iron fence has been replaced with a luxurious glass panel (Image: LatestDeals)
And there are cozy seating areas throughout (Image: LatestDeals)

Most of the trees were kept and replanted in the newly renovated yard, but the additional money they purchased came from a local garden center.

Then there’s the finishing touches, which Elizabeth gets from mainstream retailers.

“I bought furniture like cushions and decorations from Amazon and B&M,” she says.

Elizabeth and her husband can now enjoy their upgraded garden (Image: LatestDeals)
Elizabeth called it a ‘mecca’ after putting on make-up (Image: LatestDeals)

‘I could have spent around £100 on these, again, trying to find the best source of value for money. The day bed belongs to The Range. I searched for the best price and got it for around £400. Similar beds on other sites cost between £600 and £800 so I sold for basically half the price. ‘

She added: ‘Now that the project is finally complete, it’s our safe haven. We’ve saved thousands of dollars by combining professional work with DIY and my husband has created a wonderful little meditation area that used to be barren.

‘The garden is a sanctuary for us to relax in right now.’

Asked if she would change anything about the project, Elizabeth said: ‘The only thing that didn’t go according to plan was the installation of the furniture, as it took a while to arrive.

‘If we had to do this project again, we would pre-order it because we only received the set this week. It is currently in the garage waiting for next year! ‘

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