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Ideas to revamp your side yard

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Narrow side yards can be tricky to utilise, but can be designed to be both attractive and functional. You can create an inviting view from a nearby window by clever planting and screening, and create storage for outdoor and gardening equipment.


These fantastic projects shared by Bunnings Workshop community members will show you how you can revamp your home's side way.


1. Side access gate with pergola by @Allan72 


Allan turned a side entrance into an attractive and usable space by building a pergola in this impressive project that includes paving, screening and landscaping.




2. Side yard transformation by @diy_hausdesigns 


Updating the side of the house was a labour of love for Rufaro who installed new planter boxes with seating, paving, edging, new planting and garden lighting.




3. Sideway makeover by @shayden06 


Workshop member shayden06 transformed the side of this house by building a pathway using decking timber with space to enjoy the greenery-filled side way.


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4. Side yard paving and bike shelter by @weekenddiyer 


Workshop member weekenddiyer built a bike shelter and lay pavers to create a more functional and attractive area.




5. Backyard renovation with decks and boardwalk by @pete_brig 


As part of a huge garden renovation project, member pete_brig used a combination of decking and new planting.




6. Side access paving by @Yorky88 


Marty revamped the side of the house with charcoal-coloured paving and river pebbles for a stylish, low-maintenance area.




7. Screen to hide a hot water system by @ProjectPete 


Hot water systems can be an eyesore, so Pete built a wooden screen to create a trail for a climbing Ficus.




8. Paver refresh with paint by @prettyliving 


Jess shared a simple refresh that included high-pressure cleaning and painting nine-year-old pavers to update the look of this pathway.




9. Sideway refresh with bluestone rounds by @Jason 


Bunnings Workshop community manager Jason removed ugly cracked concrete and replaced it with a path featuring bluestone rounds, railway sleepers and a garden bed.




10. Garden bed sideway makeover by @Nikkaz 


Community member Nikkaz added paving and greenery to enliven the side of the house.




11. Side access landscaping by @hazesnow 


Hazel transformed this side access area with decorative panels, lights, artificial turf and a garden bed.




12. Side access shed by @Jimi 


Jimi turned a side entrance into a shed to create extra storage for bikes and outdoor play equipment and maximise space in a second shed for tools.




How to lay paving


Paving can be a straightforward D.I.Y. job. A project such as a small pathway can be completed in a weekend. Experienced Bunnings Workshop member Adam Woodhams shares step-by-step instructions in How to lay paving for a path. While resident Bunnings D.I.Y. expert Mitchell shows how to get the popular crazy paving look in How to lay crazy paving.




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