Back­yard Makeover

Cre­ate a stylish yet func­tional out­door area for sum­mer en­ter­tain­ment.

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Em­brace al­fresco liv­ing

T rans­form­ing a re­dun­dant area of your gar­den into a sump­tu­ous space to en­ter­tain might seem like a daunt­ing and ex­pen­sive task. How­ever, there are many ways to achieve your vi­sion while stick­ing to a bud­get – all that's needed is a lit­tle imag­i­na­tion and the Kiwi DIY at­ti­tude. Good's ad­ver­tis­ing sales man­ager Rosie McGaf­fin con­verted an unin­spir­ing patch of grass on the side of her gar­den into her dream al­fresco din­ing area – com­plete with a sun sail and a small veg­gie gar­den. It only took a day in to­tal to com­plete, but will bring years of good times to be shared with loved ones.

Here's how it's done

Start by mark­ing out the area and clear it of un­de­sired de­bris and weeds. If you have a com­post bin, see the Good guide to com­post­ing on page 86 to find out what you can add to your bin dur­ing this clear­ing process, oth­er­wise shift the rest to your gar­den bag. Flat­ten and even the area out with a spade and a rake (you don't want a sloped table upon com­ple­tion). You'll need a sledge ham­mer if you are get­ting rid of a con­crete sur­face. Wear closed in shoes and safety glasses when clear­ing the site to pre­vent in­jur­ing eyes and feet.

Once done, lay down your weed mat and se­cure it with weed mat pins (these should be near the weed mat in your gar­den cen­tre).

Cre­ate a border for your area and add char­ac­ter by us­ing old chim­ney bricks and raised gar­den edg­ing. Lay pavers to cre­ate a path­way to your bar­be­cue and add a few ex­tra to cre­ate a flat sur­face for the bar­be­cue and gas can­is­ter. Scat­ter peb­bles evenly on the rest of the sur­face un­til you have cov­ered the area. Take care to choose peb­bles that are com­fort­able to walk on with bare feet. Fill your sur­round­ing gar­den area with soil and plants. Once you are happy with the fun­da­men­tals of your newly revonated lay­out, add ac­ces­sories – pots, ta­bles, chairs, sails... and re­lax!


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