From an ugly and unused space into a garden oasis!
To start this courtyard and garden path makeover we stripped the area right back including removing the old bamboo fence panels, pebbles, plants and Astro 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 600x600mm 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 prior to filling with soil and then added plants including agaves, frangipanis, yukkas and olive trees (most were cuttings from Mum & Dad's garden!).
We stained the garden beds using Cabot's Deck and Exterior Stain in mission brown.
Finally, we built a bench seat in the corner using treated pine and 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.
This is terrific @marliemakesit, thanks so much for sharing. Reasonably tight outdoor spaces like this can be difficult to transform but you have done a stellar job! I particularly like your raised garden beds - they look fantastic with the stain.
Those community members inspired by this wonderful project might also find great ideas here - Ideas to revamp your side yard.
Thanks again for sharing with the Workshop community @marliemakesit. We're really pleased to have you join us and sharing your creativity and experience.