June 4, 2019 · 7:21 pm
Are you ready for the big reveal? Have you already read part 1?!
I’ll show you wee bits of it and save the best for last.In all, it took two men 18 hours to turn my ugly, multi-level, crazy-paved 1960s patio into a clean, stunning space.
They worked through pouring rain and turned up exactly when I expected them – once they were even early.
Before I show you the stages – go check out Keith’s Facebook page.
OK – here we go:
Remember how bad it was?
LOOK AT THE STAIRS!
Remember the rotting bannister? The weird curved flower beds?
They’ve all gone and now it looks like this:
Just a reminder:
So I spent this afternoon like this:
I also hung these – but I doubt they’ll still be there at the weekend given the football pitch that is my garden.
I’ll enjoy them while they last, and start planning all the barbecue parties we’re going to have 🙂
May 27, 2019 · 4:17 pm
Ooh I’ve gone all middle-class and middle-aged.
I’m so excited about our new DECKING!!!
Here is a picture of our current back patio:
Note the rotting bannister (complete with steering wheel), the multiple levels and the hideous crazy paving. Whoever invented Crazy Paving should be ashamed of themselves. It truly is an eyesore and a bloody nightmare to get rid of. So I’m just going to cover it up.
We chose decking for a number of reasons:
- It adds value to your property
- It solves the issue of having multiple levels
- It’s cheaper than concrete or paving
- It’s safer than stone chips (especially if you have a child likely to throw handfuls of them around)
- It’s only slippy after a good five years and this is prevented by power-hosing
- It looks gorgeous
I’m very excited about this. I’ve waited a long time to get to this stage in our home renovation.
We bought our house three years ago and spent a considerable sum redecorating. Every carpet had to be replaced and every wall had to be painted.
We then converted the garage into my office.
Two years ago we had to replace the fence in the back garden due to Houdinis 1 and 2 climbing the handy ladder created by horizontal posts.
We hadn’t really planned for this expense – we were only a year out from the pretty hefty outlay of the initial renovations.
We moved some stuff around in our financial plans and our new vertical design has proved effective – in that there haven’t been any more escapes.
But it has set us back a little bit in terms of sorting the rest of the back garden. Life is what happens when you’re making other plans, huh?
We’ve been saving and sorting things out (I’ve even made a BBC Radio Scotland programme about being Clever About Cash) and so we’re now FINALLY able to get to the decking stage – hurray!
I’ll post the progress shots each day.
Wood delivered – here we go!