Thrifty woman saves £ 950 by transforming rotten patio into a stunning pergola
As many Britons spend another summer in the UK, more and more are looking to spruce up their gardens so that they can enjoy the good weather at home.
But homeowners can end up spending thousands of dollars to install special garden accessories for a space to relax and unwind.
A thrifty woman showed how she herself created a wooden pergola and ‘garden furniture’, saving £ 950, according to an expert.
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Louise Tunstall, 48, a service delivery manager for OCR, embarked on the DIY project with her husband after noticing a problem with their patio.
The couple already had a raised patio in a corner of the garden of their house which they used for barbecues.
“Over the past 12 years he had started to look tired and worn out,” Louise told the money-saving community. LatestDeals.co.uk.
“When we started considering fixing it, the wooden frame underneath was rotten, so we took advantage of not going on vacation in 2020 because of Covid and used that money to rearrange the entire corner of the garden. “
Louise says she tried to make the most of the space – which gets the sun in the late afternoon and early evening – and removing as few plants as possible.
Stocking up on supplies, she bought fence panels and posts from Aarith Timber, deck boards and in-line posts and sleepers from UK Timber for a total of £ 660.
Then the lighting and electricity, which included armored wiring, a junction box, a slit light and bulbs for £ 400.
For decoration, Louise bought cushions, shelves and a ladder for £ 100 from Dunelm, before heading to Bedfordshire Garden Buildings for their gazebo kit for £ 1,400.
The plants came from B&Q, their local market and Dobbies for a total of £ 100.
“I already had a few items, like the seats, and we had compost from our subdivision. The labor costs when installing the electricity were free, as my husband is an electrician,” added Louise.
Overall, the project lasted three months.
“Obtaining materials during containment was an interesting challenge, especially since wood was scarce, but in the end we were able to find everything we needed.
“While we were purchasing materials, I focused on preparation and planning – my particular area of interest.
“There was a lot of clean-up and travel to the landfill as we got rid of the rotten decking.
“We worked on the fence, replacing four damaged panels and concreting 20 new posts to support the new decking. It was hard work because the ground was very hard and we had to remove a lot of old posts that had been concreted. “
Louise explains: “The laying of the decking was a project in itself, as the total area is 23 square meters.
“It also took a lot of digging and manual labor to build the new wooden frame for the gazebo using the flatbed kit. This was probably the hardest part as the instructions could have been better.
“Electricity consisted of drilling holes for lighting and wiring. My husband then intervened to lay the electric cables and reconnect them to the distribution board. I also replaced the terminal bulbs with LED lighting. “
The pair then landscaped the surrounding area with sleepers – designing them and cutting them where needed so that each was individual.
Finally, the upholstery and finishes have been added to make the space more warm.
“Overall it took a lot of effort, but we love the end result,” continued Louise.
“The gazebo gives us privacy and shelter so that we can use it all year round, and the area is now truly unique. I am happy with the way it blends into the existing garden.
“I am happy that I managed to do it on my own, as this is a career I would like to embark on more of, and I wanted to take up the challenge – the renovation of the property and the gardens is a real passion for me.”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “Louise and her husband have completed a truly impressive project. This gazebo could have been installed by any professional and it just shows what you can achieve when you think about it.
“The savings on this makeover were clearly huge. The average price for a professional gazebo installation of this size is £ 400 or more labor, and an electrician typically charges around £ 40-50 an hour.
“As Louise provided seats that she already owned, it also saved a lot of money, as seats of this type cost on average around £ 500. All in all, it can be said that Louise saved at least £ 950 by doing this project herself! “