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Side yard transformation

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Side yards aren't easy to work with, but with new fencing, pavers, bench seats and fresh greenery, this space is beautiful and functional.





The project


I'm a rookie to the world of D.I.Y. but keen to get my hands dirty. Recently, we moved into a new property and I've finally started one of many landscaping jobs. Here is the first after browsing through the Workshop projects and sketching away. With help from my wife, we managed to make the side walkway feel usable.




We planted based on soil types and the ideal locations for the plants to thrive. I used Pittosporum and Pittosporum Tenuifolium (Silver Sheen) for the plants against the fence, and Liriope Evergreen Giant against the wall.




I spent a lot of time preparing the ground for the pavers as it affects the overall look and feel. I installed edging, using the pavers as a guide for spacing. I used SpecRite 69 x 7mm 5.7m Merbau FJ Garden Edging and Whites 270 x 20 x 3mm Garden Edging Peg for all my edging.




I didn't use weed mats in this project as the area is a low growth area, though I do hear of people using them and would encourage them. I also didn't apply cement as I'm leaving some room to easily change the design. Instead, I used paver sand and spent a bit of time ensuring the ground is level and firm.


We built and planted bits and pieces over time and there were a lot of changes to the design. My advice is to plan, measure, measure and measure. 




Before and after






More backyard projects 


Rufaro shares more about his beautiful bench seat with in-built planter box in this discussion.




Rufaro utilised the top of the stairway that leads to this side yard for a D.I.Y. breakfast bar.




Find more inspiration from Rufaro's outdoor renovation, including a tiered deck and Merbau feature wall, in this Backyard makeover project.




Bolted-on Browser

Hey, it looked professionally done.  How wide and long was your walkway?

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Bunnings workshop community @HouseDoby. It's great to have you join us, and many thanks for jumping into the conversation.


It really is a fantastic project with an amazing level of detail. Let me mention @Chaks_DIY to see if they can give you some specifics on the walkways measurements.


Do you have an area that could benefit from a similar transformation? I'm sure our helpful members will be full of advice and inspiration for your project. We'd encourage you to start a discussion and post some images of the areas so we can assist. Please let us know anytime you need assistance or have something to share. I'm sure you'll find heaps more inspiration just like this project as our incredibly creative members contribute their projects here all the time. Check out our Top 10 most popular garden makeovers and Top 10 most popular outdoor projects for some ideas.




Super Contributor

Hi @HouseDoby 


Thanks for the compliment! 


The space is about 2m from wall to fence and approx 12-15m long. The actual walkway (white) is about 450mm wide with a 300x300mm paver. Hope that helps !



Budding Browser



looks professionally done. I would appreciate it if you could mention all the tools required to build such a masterpiece.

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Deependra_7. It's sensational to have you join us, and many thanks for jumping into the conversation.


You'll find a drill driver, compound mitre saw, or circular saw exceptionally helpful in building this project. I'm sure @Chaks_DIY will be happy to add any additional tools they required.


Are you thinking of completing a similar project? I'm sure our members would love to follow along and provide any assistance needed. Please let us know if you have any questions. We're here to help.




Valued Contributor

Absolutely brilliant & inspiring use of a small space.

Super Contributor

Hi @Deependra_7. Thank you for your kind compliment. We really do love how it all came together.


Thanks @MitchellMc for listing those tools. Apart from a few of the usual garden tools to dig, that was mostly it and a lot of manual labour !


All the best and happy to help is you have any specific questions.


Kind regards 




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