MOD­ERN DIGS

Us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of tim­ber and dark faux stone, Barry Du Bois takes a blank wall from drab to fab.

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Tim­ber and faux stone dress up a once-drab out­door wall.

HOME­OWN­ERS GARY AND NAT aren’t afraid of ren­o­vat­ing, and they’re quite con­fi­dent around power tools, but they hit a stum­bling block when it came time to spruce up their out­door space. The cou­ple en­joy en­ter­tain­ing, but the view of the court­yard from the din­ing area was par­tic­u­larly unin­spir­ing.

Barry Du Bois was happy to help Gary and Nat add style to their out­door area; the beau­ti­ful deck set the per­fect stage, so all that was needed was a way to dress up the bare wall nearby.

Barry’s sug­ges­tion? A com­bi­na­tion of tim­ber and faux stone to cre­ate bal­ance and in­ter­est. It’s an easy job to do, and will only take Gary, Nat and Barry a cou­ple of days to fin­ish.

To start, Barry uses a Screen Up sys­tem of alu­minium chan­nels to in­stall tim­ber slats along sec­tions of the wall. Next, Kuta Fome­stone, a syn­thetic stacked stone de­sign panel, is at­tached to the wall to com­ple­ment the tim­ber. It is cut to fit, ad­hered and painted in Taub­mans “Knight Grey”. To fin­ish, Barry cre­ates sim­ple ver­ti­cal planters us­ing PVC pipes, a heat gun and paint (see our step-by-step guide, op­po­site).

Gary and Nat are thrilled with the re­sults. “The faux stone is my favourite thing,” says Nat. “The space is so much nicer for en­ter­tain­ing now.”

Catch

7:30pm Fri­day on Mod­ern look Tim­ber plus dark faux stacked stone gives the gar­den a con­tem­po­rary look.

On the up

These DIY ver­ti­cal planters are af­ford­able and easy to make. Bright flow­ers are pretty here, but you could cre­ate a lit­tle herb gar­den too.

Go green A white pot and green fo­liage stand out against the dark wall.

Same-same The court­yard lacked colour and char­ac­ter.

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