Woman transforms rotting decking into incredible gazebo and saves £950
Making a garden summer-ready can be an expensive project.
But one thrifty woman has saved hundreds by building her own gazebo.
Louise Tunstall embarked on the DIY adventure after noticing problems with her old decking.
The 48-year-old told LatestDeals.co.uk: ‘We already had some raised decking in a corner of our garden which we used for BBQs and just chilling, but over the past 12 years it had started to look tired and worn.’
When the service delivery manager looked into repairing it, she noticed the wooden frame underneath was rotten.
Using the money they would have spent on a holiday in 2020 – but didn’t due to Covid – Louise and her husband took the opportunity to redesign the corner of their garden.
She said: ‘I tried to make the best use of space and remove as few plants as possible. I wanted the design to blend into the garden and look like it has always been there.
‘That corner also gets the sun later in the afternoon and early evening, so that was also in the back of my mind.’
In terms of supplies, Louise picked up fence panels and posts from Earith Timber, decking boards and bollards online as well as sleepers from UK Timber – all of which came to a total of £660.
She then added lighting and electrics, which consisted of cabling, a junction box, a slot light and bulbs – all for £400.
Louise also picked up cushions, shelving and a ladder stand at Dunelm for £100, before heading to Bedfordshire Garden Buildings for their gazebo kit.
Plants were sourced from B&Q, the local market and Dobbies for a total of £100.
She added: ‘I had some bits already, such as the seating, and we had compost from our allotment. The labour costs when installing the electrics was free, as my husband is an electrician.’
In total, the project took Louise and her husband three months to complete and it involved lots of manual work – including plenty of digging and assembling to build the new wooden frame.
She added: ‘We landscaped the surrounding area with sleepers, designing and cutting them where needed to make each one individual. The soil was transported from the allotment to the garden, at which point I was able to do my favourite part – the planting.
‘Finally we added in the soft furnishings and finishing touches. Overall it took a lot of effort but we love the end result. The gazebo gives us privacy and shelter so we can use it all year round, and the area is now really unique. I’m pleased with how it blends into the existing garden.
‘I’m happy I managed to do it myself, as this is a career I’d like to get into more, and I wanted the challenge – renovating property and gardens is a real passion of mine.’
There’s no denying that Louise saved money by carrying out the transformation herself.
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, estimates that the average price for a professional gazebo installation of this size is around £400 minimum, plus more for labour and electrician rates.
Louise also used furniture and decorations she already owned so pocketed money here, too.
As a result, Tom says that Louise probably saved around £950 in total.
An incredible saving and a wonderful result.
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