My husband and I transformed our once unused and unsightly brick courtyard into a modern Japanese-inspired garden. This is one of my favourite renovated areas we have completed on our house so far and was a lot of fun to complete.
Plan, design and purchase materials. Bunnings delivered the James Hardie cladding.
Remove rotted wood and sand siding of pergola.
Measure and cut timber.
Batten out walls.
Tape up windows to spray paint frames.
Affix wall insulation (not completely necessary but playing it safe).
Affix James Hardie cladding.
The panelling was an effort to cut and secure but so worth it in the end.
Just a side note that each sheet weighs 39.7kg and I really struggled standing on a ladder to hold that weight, so my husband had to hold each sheet whilst I got the first nails in to hold it in place. Even at ground level, lifting and holding into place was a real effort so this is one stage I would look to get a couple mates around to help with next time.
Affix aluminium flashing.
Install D.I.Y. light. There was an old light fitting there but we replaced it with a D.I.Y. light and are very happy with the result and soft glow it casts at night.
Check garden plan layout.
Remove bricks, prep soil and install edging.
Keep children entertained.
Dig in plants, place pavers, stones and install reticulation.
Sit back and enjoy our Japanese inspired courtyard.