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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 both attractive and functional. You can create an inviting view from a nearby window by clever planting and screening, utilise raised garden beds and vertical gardens to add valuable space for growing vegetables and ornamental plants, and create storage for outdoor and gardening equipment.


The projects shared by Bunnings Workshop community members can give you ideas how you can revamp your home's side way. If you need further assistance with your own project, please don't hesitate to hit the Ask a question button. We're here to help. 


1. Side access gate with pergola by @Allan72 


Turning a side entrance into a usable space, this project includes paving, screening, landscaping and building a pergola.




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 and garden lighting.




3. Sideway makeover by @shayden06 


The side of this house was transformed 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 


A bike shelter added useful storage space, and pavers helped 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, community member Pete used a combination of decking and new planting.




6. Side access paving by @Yorky88 


Marty revamped the side of this 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 experienced member Pete used 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 side pathway.




9. Sideway refresh with bluestone rounds by @Jason 


An ugly cracked concrete sideway was replaced with a path featuring bluestone rounds, railway sleepers and side garden bed.




10. Garden bed sideway makeover by @Nikkaz 


Silver birch trees were planted close together for this sideway makeover project because they don't grow too tall and bring a beautiful green contrast to the painted fence and paving.




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. For a more stylish result, resident Bunnings D.I.Y. expert Mitchell shows How to lay crazy paving.




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The Bunnings team has also shared many guides on transforming outdoor areas, including How to lay turf and How to spray paint a fence.


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Workshop Legend

After putting in my new garage I ended up with a narrow space down the side, bit of a wasteland...
I was debating what to do with it when I suddenly thought... I really need a shadehouse for my plants. Perfect spot!


Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

That came up a treat, @Adam_W. What a wonderful use of space.


Many thanks for sharing.




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