Me and Jay have been slowly renovating our house for over a year, but here are our garden plans.
When me and Jay bought our house, we couldn’t afford to do everything all at once. And even the work we did, we had to be careful with our money. We bought our kitchen on eBay, and did most of the work ourselves. It took us six months to renovate the bathroom, kitchen, dining room and living room.
Once these renovations were done, we were able to move in. But every time I look outside, I hate it. I hate our drive, I hate the look of our house from the outside and I particularly hate our back garden.
What It Looked Like a Year Ago
Whilst we were renovating, there were some jobs I couldn’t do. Or some jobs that couldn’t be done, because something else needed to be done by Jay first. One day, I’d turned up at the house ready to get stuck into something (I can’t remember what), only it couldn’t be done because Jay wasn’t ready for me. It might have been painting or something.
ANYWAY, it was a lovely sunny weekend day, so I thought I’d tackle the garden. It was pretty overgrown when we first moved in:
The carport makes the kitchen extremely dark, and those bushes on the left had grown about 3 feet into the patio space.
So after just one day it transformed from this:
What It Looks Like Now
Much better, but still no where near how we want it.
So what are our garden plans for the future?
First, we want to add wooden slats to the brick walls. This will make the wall look like a fence, and I think it’ll soften the whole garden. At the minute, the walls look crumbly, and they need painting, so this would fix that issue.
We also want to take the carport down as part of our garden plans. It’s been so useful. You can put anything under it and it won’t get wet.
Our postmen often leave parcels at the back of the house, and I know they’ll be safe under there. But it sucks light out of our kitchen diner. So the carport will be coming down.
We want to render the outside of the garage to soften it. It’s a big part of why we bought the house. Jay uses it as a workshop for spare cars, or projects we have going on. He loves it. We’ve considered knocking it down and rebuilding a single garage instead, but it’ll cost too much money.
So the plan is to keep it as it is, but render the outside of it. We’ll also replace the double garage door with a single one. Then a separate side door will be added for people to get in and out of.
We’ve had a quote off a company to come in and flatten all the raised borders. They’re all crumbling and falling down, so need to be replaced. This company will level all of the ground so we’ll be starting from scratch. Then we will keep everything paved so there’s no grass to mow, and plants will be in pots. We’re basically trying to make the garden look as big as it possibly can look.
Finally, the top of the garden will be a great place for a seating area. We want to invest in some rattan furniture from somewhere like Fishpools and get a chiminea or fire pit so we can sit out on summer nights.
We’re saving money so in spring 2019 we can do the front and back together. It’ll cost between £6-8k, but so worth it, and will add SO much curb appeal to the house when we come to sell it. I hate our garden at the moment, and couldn’t imagine spending any time out there which is such a shame. Fingers crossed by next summer we’ll be able to sit out there again!