To start this courtyard and garden-path makeover we stripped the area right back, removing the old bamboo fence panels, pebbles, plants and synthetic turf. We then painted the fence using Dulux Weathershield in Woodland Grey.
To prepare the area for paving we laid down a base of metal dust and compacted that down with a plate compactor.
We then laid our beautiful 600mm x 600mm porcelain pavers and brushed over landscaping sand to fill any gaps.
Once the pavers were laid we built garden beds using H4 treated Pine. We lined these with landscaping plastic before filling with soil and then added plants including Agaves, frangipanis, Yuccas and olive trees (most were cuttings from Mum and Dad's garden!).
We stained the garden beds using Cabot's Deck and Exterior Paint in Mission Brown.
Finally, we built a bench seat in the corner using treated Pine clad with Merbau decking boards. After leaving the boards to weather for a couple of weeks we finished the bench with Feast Watson Matt Look Decking Oil.
Now we have a beautiful outdoor area to spend time gardening, having a morning coffee on the bench or barbecuing for friends and family.
It has gone from being an ugly and unused space into a garden oasis!