Want to overhaul your garden and create the perfect outdoor living space? Join the very big club. Even with the pandemic long behind us, garden renovations are more popular than ever. Not only are they still one of the easiest ways to add value to your property, but they also help people create lifestyle spaces that become a much-enjoyed extension of their home.
It sounds like the perfect project, until you do the maths. Thanks to the ever-increasing cost of materials, planning a garden makeover in 2023 is an expensive decision. So naturally, you decide to do it yourself! It can’t be that hard, right? Think again. Here are some of the things people don’t tell you about doing your own garden makeover.
It’s not as easy as it looks on TikTok
If you follow a lot of home accounts on TikTok, you’ll probably find that you’ve seen a lot of garden transformations. Those 30-second videos make it look really easy to pull off, but they only show a fraction of the work that goes into a garden transformation:
What they are great for, however, is giving you some inspiration. Be prepared for a lot of hard work and long days to get your garden in shape! They can also give you some tips on some of the techniques and products they used, something that could help you save money.
Don’t forget to document it – maybe yours will be the next viral garden makeover!
It will still cost you a lot of money
Garden renovations involve a lot of materials. So even if you do it yourself to save the labour costs, you could still find yourself spending a lot of money. Price up different materials and make sure you’ve got the budget to allow it – you may need to do the job in stages to help you get your perfect end result. You can also prioritise some of the more affordable works like building your own decking, before you start spending all of your money on porcelain patio slabs or artificial turf.
You’ll need to hire (and learn to use) a lot of tools
There are a lot of tools involved in garden makeovers, from renting tile cutters to booking trencher hire, you’re going to learn a lot about different landscaping tools during your project. While there is a cost involved in hiring tools, it will still work out cheaper than bringing in a company to do them. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and soon you’ll be equipped with a load of new gardening skills!
It will all be worth it
Even with all of the mud, sweat and tears, transforming your garden will be worth it in the end. Doing it yourself will save you money, and leave you with a great sense of pride for this amazing achievement. Every time you relax in your own garden, you’ll be able to say, “I did this.”
With your garden makeover complete, what will your next DIY home project be?
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