DIY couple save over £1,000 turning stone backyard into epic seating space06/15/2021
A couple put their DIY skills to the test to totally revamp their back garden.
Lauren and Mike, 27, from Kent, revealed how they didn't know what to do with their garden when they bought the house.
The whole property needed refurbishing which was completed in 2019, but the outdoor bit was left as the final task.
Speaking to LatestDeals.co.uk, the couple revealed how they managed the transformation for under £1,000.
They said: "We decided to replace it with decking and use the base as a guide to how that would be designed."
With similar decking kits priced at £1,500 and above, Lauren and Mike bypassed the extra costs by sourcing their own items.
Lauren added: "We purchased the wood for the decking from the builders' merchants for £900, then got going on the project.
"Mike started by completely digging the whole garden up and getting ladders to chop trees down.
"All we had at the time was a handsaw, ladder and shovel as the non-essential shops. We didn't have a wheelbarrow!
"We then ordered grass seed online and planted it. It cost £100 as we ordered the type they use on football pitches
"The next job was to dig up a random path which was in the garden. We used a hammer to break up the concrete by hand."
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After doing those bits, the couple moved onto install the new fences on both sides.
The furniture cost the them £650 and the project took them between 2-3 weeks to complete.
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: "Lauren and Mike have managed to save a lot of money.
"Jobs such as laying down grass seeds, installing fences and laying down decking can easily come with labour costs of £40 per hour.
"I would estimate that Lauren and Mike saved at least £400 by doing the work themselves."
Tom added: "What the £600 saved on decking supplies, £100 off furniture, £400 from labour costs and £100 saved on a tree surgeon.
"The couple has easily saved over £1,000 by going DIY, so well done to them."
To install your own decking, Tom's tips include planning out how big you want the area to be before buying the supplies.
He said people should purchase supplies designed for decking and making use of a guide marker to cut the wood up with.
And finally the guru advises Brits to ask for help if they need it as it's "made easier when you've got a friend by your side".
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