I would some inspiration and tips on how to transform this gap between our alfresco and pool please? As I am on a budget, I would like to know how I can transform this area myself using a shovel lol and whatever else I may need. Thank you.
For a budget-friendly option, I'd recommend considering decorative pebbles. I'd suggest placing weed matting over the area first. You could then have a bulk quantity of pebbles delivered. Having a 1-tonne bag delivered is significantly cheaper than purchasing 20kg bags. You could also choose some large format pavers for the path from the alfresco area to the pool gate. Alternatively, you could consider establishing a lawn in this area. You should find these step-by-step guides helpful: How To Lay Turf and How To Grow Grass From Seed.
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You have an appealing mix of brick and timber on the verandah area, so it would seem a pity not to put timber decking in that area. It would offer coolness to the entertainment zone and a pleasant way to get to and from the pool. Budget vs long term satisfaction? Otherwise, I'd go for lawn, for similar reasons.