Do-it-yourself couple save £ 7,000 by remodeling garden with budget tips – “it’s our hideaway”

Home renovations are often expensive when you bring in a professional to do the job. Elizabeth Astin, 56, wanted to improve her ‘ugly’ and ‘barren’ garden and together with her husband she managed to transform their outdoor space, saving £ 7,000 in the process.

Elizabeth, who is a registered nurse, spoke to about her transformation.

She said: “We moved into our house in a new building 19 years ago. When we bought it, the agent told us that there was no back garden. What they meant was that there was a lower patio with a huge retaining wall and a sloping upper section facing north. Not very attractive at all.

“Nonetheless, it has served us well over the years. Our daughters had water fights, we bought lots of bouncy castles, slides and wading pools, and my husband and his dad made a deck for the adults to relax on. We always wanted to improve it but it was for the children. When they were young it was important for them to have a safe space to play.

Now that the couple’s children have grown up, Elizabeth and her husband have decided to embark on the project to transform their garden.

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“The existing patio was built by my husband and stepfather when we moved in two decades ago. This had to be cut down and the areas leveled. We had a beautiful clematis which also had to be slaughtered and this was done by my husband – it took him two days to do it.

“It was a complete makeover. We also had to tear down and replace an ugly iron fence above the large retaining wall. “

The couple brought in a builder to do the landscaping and build the patios as well as someone to build the glass and steel fence.

The construction work cost the couple £ 9,000, although they managed to save some money thanks to their nephew installing the electricity for them.

Elizabeth continued, “Additionally, we were able to reduce the price by using wooden railroad ties rather than building retaining walls. The builder provided all the materials. We had an original quote of £ 16,000 from another builder so by having the ties we saved around £ 7,000.

“The glass fence was £ 3,200 and once it was put in my husband used the leftover Indian stone and the builder’s ties to create a little Zen space.

“He built a bench and a space to install a relaxing water feature. We also reused the old gray slabs from the original patio and laid them in the front garden, to create a small seating area.

“Part of this area included bath chairs we already had from Aldi, which we had bought the previous year for £ 50.”

The DIY fan managed to grab The Range’s daybed for £ 400, half the price of other retailers.

Elizabeth also bought plants from garden centers.

She said: ‘They were very cheap, probably no more than £ 50 for all.

“Now that the project is finally over, this is our refuge. We have managed to save thousands of people by combining professional work and DIY and my husband has created an amazing little zen zone that was previously sterile. The garden is a sanctuary in which we can relax now.

Tom Church, co-founder of, said: “Elizabeth and her husband have succeeded in creating a beautiful garden which undoubtedly increases the value of their property, after waiting almost two decades to complete the renovation .

“In difficult areas sometimes it’s best to bring in a professional – but as Elizabeth has proven, sourcing budget supplies and the overall overhaul yourself can save you thousands of dollars. hope this garden will last them for many years to come.

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