Up­grade your court­yard on a shoe­string From bland to grand

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Even if you only have a small space to play in, your out­doors should be the spot you love to go for well-de­served R and R, ev­ery day. And you don’t have to spend big ei­ther – a bench seat, a cou­ple of screens, a wa­ter fea­ture and, of course, lovely grow­ing things will take your space from drab to fab… all for less than a grand. Warm up your DIY mus­cles and go for it! 1. Take your skills to new heights with a fence screen, plus dec­o­rate the house with a mini ver­sion. Psst, it’s made with the of­f­cuts.

2. Lots here! Up­cy­cle an old ce­ment mixer into a wa­ter fea­ture (pro­ject 2), make room for a small lawn (pro­ject 3) and up­date the back steps (pro­ject 4).

3. A gar­den bench works a treat when you’re pressed for space. Yep, you can make it your­self!

4. Drought-tol­er­ant plants will green up a dry space sur­rounded by con­crete and brick­work. Add a fea­ture cordy­line for cool fac­tor.

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