Woman saves £ 950 by turning rotten terrace into a beautiful gazebo
A thrifty woman managed to create a huge wooden gazebo on her own.
Louise Tunstall, 48, who is responsible for providing services for OCR, embarked on the project with her husband after noticing a problem with his patio.
“We already had raised terraces in a corner of our garden that we used for barbecues and for relaxing, but over the past 12 years they had started to look tired and worn out,” she said. declared to the economic 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 (due to COVID) and used that money to redevelop the whole corner of the garden. . I liked it!
“I tried to make the best use of the space and remove as few plants as possible. I wanted the design to blend in with the garden and make it look like it’s always been there.
“This area also gets the sun later in the afternoon and early evening, so that was on my mind as well.”
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Procurement was the first on the agenda. Louise bought fence panels and posts from Earith Timber, deck boards and online posts and ties 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.
In Dunelm, Louise bought cushions, shelves and a ladder for £ 100, before heading to Bedfordshire Garden Buildings for their gazebo kit for £ 1,400.
The plants were sourced from B&Q, the local market and Dobbies for a total of £ 100, and that’s where the spending ended.
She added: “Obtaining materials during the lockdown 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 got stuck in preparation and planning – my area of particular 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.
“The laying of the decking was a project in itself, because the total area is 23 square meters! It also took a lot of digging and manual labor to build the gazebo’s new wooden frame 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.
“We landscaped the surrounding area with sleepers, designing them and cutting them where needed so that each was individual. The soil was transported from the subdivision to the garden, at which point I was able to do my favorite part – the planting!
“Finally, we added the upholstery and finishes. Overall it took a lot of effort, but we love the end result. 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 done a really 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! “