Melissa Preston wanted to give her garden a cheap makeover but ended up getting £3,000 for a new patio. She saved herself thousands of pounds by taking on the project herself, spending just £540
As the weather warms up, you might be looking for ways to upgrade your garden without spending an absolute fortune.
A mum decided to take on the construction of a pergola and patio area herself after being offered £3,000 by builders.
Melissa Preston, 44, a mother of two from Northampton, instead spent just £540 taking on the DIY project herself.
This meant she saved herself around £2,500 in the process.
To save cash, she used a neighbor’s old decking, railings, and handrails that were meant for the trough.
She has also reused old furniture that she bought from Lidl and Aldi years ago.
Melissa told money-saving Facebook group DIY On A Budget UK: “Having been offered almost £3,000 for a new patio area I decided to save the money and do it all myself at a fraction of the price.
“My first task was to decide how big I wanted the terrace to be. Once that was decided I ordered all the decking and the pergola.
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“The longest and most difficult part of the project was cleaning up the area and removing weeds. This seemed to take forever.
“I was very nervous as I had never tackled anything of this magnitude, let alone done the whole thing myself.”
After creating the base, Melissa’s next step was to check that all the posts were level before pouring concrete.
After that, she was ready to move the patio and erect her pergola single-handedly.
“I would say maybe get someone to help you with this part as it would save time and frustration,” she said.
“I saw my local neighbor wanting to skip his old railings, decking and railings so I asked if I could have them and they agreed. This saved them a trip to the landfill.
“I didn’t originally plan on adding a railing, but I thought that would be ideal and would really show off the rest of my work.”
After that, Melissa moved on to painting and coloring before moving on to the “prettiest” part of the project – styling the area.
The hot tub was a special purchase from Lidl, bought four years ago, while the seating was from Aldi.
“I already had an image in my head before I started and to be honest it turned out a lot better than I expected.
“The best part was using some old decking and handrails that a neighbor wanted to skip.
“Someone joked last year that I was going to build an expansion next.
“All in all it cost me around £540. The deck came in kit form from Merit Garden Products so everything I needed was there.
“It was £280 and then again the pergola came as a kit so everything was supplied for £200.
“The rest of the money went to Screwfix deck stain and paint.”
If you are planning to redesign a large garden, first make sure you are confident in your DIY skills and always seek professional advice if necessary.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/diy-mum-quoted-3000-new-26667735 DIY mom has named £3,000 for new patios and builds stunning pergola herself for just £540