Monday, 18 May 2020

Garden updates for every budget (from just £50!)

Inspiration for updating your garden, patio, back yard or balcony on a budget. How to create a stylish outdoor space where you can relax and spend the summer. From replacing your patio slabs, to repainting your fence, and adding wooden raised bed planters - there's lots of budget inspiration here for creating a stylish garden

Time for another of my £50 room revamps, where I put together some budget updates for every space in the house. This time I'm focusing on the important one for this time of year (particularly when we're stuck at home!) - the garden. I find gardens really overwhelming - not being very green-fingered, I'm never quite sure where to start, and feel like anything I do tackle out there doesn't seem to make much of a difference anyway.

But I'm here to show you that some simple styling touches can make a big change to how you feel about your outdoor space - whether that be a garden, a courtyard or just a balcony.

So keep reading for ideas on what you could do to revamp your bedroom, even if you've only got a few pounds to spend. Obviously I've picked a colour theme/style at random, but this is just to give you some ideas of what you can do with your budget.

Please note: I have priced up these items according to my rather modest-sized garden and 17msq patio, so bear that in mind if you're blessed with a bigger one! I've also not included labour costs for things like the laying of the patio slabs, as they can vary greatly according to where you are in the country.

Garden budget: £50

Inspiration for updating your garden, patio, back yard or balcony on a budget. How to create a stylish outdoor space where you can relax and spend the summer. From replacing your patio slabs, to repainting your fence, and adding wooden raised bed planters - there's lots of budget inspiration here for creating a stylish garden
Table & Chairs, £35, IKEA / Outdoor lights, £9.99, Lights4Fun / Decking boards, £3.50 each, B&Q

You might think you can't do a lot with £50 - but it's amazing what some simple tlc, and small changes can do for your outside space. Start by giving the space a really good clean up - weed those boarders or between your patio slabs, and clean up your windows and doors. You can also pressure wash your patio - we always borrow a washer off my parents - and I promise this will make the biggest difference of them all. Get planting some seeds in pots too, you can get packets of seeds for things like sunflowers online really cheap.

Simple things like repainting your fence, and stringing up some outdoor fairy lights can make a huge difference too, and I've found this cheap and cheerful table and chairs set which would look perfect on a patio, or balcony. Finally, you can easily make yourself some raised bed planters from decking boards, which can be picked up really cheaply from hardware stores. You'll then simply need to fill with compost and get planting! We've created a vegetable patch in our raised beds, but flowers will look just as lovely.

Garden budget: £250

Inspiration for updating your garden, patio, back yard or balcony on a budget. How to create a stylish outdoor space where you can relax and spend the summer. From replacing your patio slabs, to repainting your fence, and adding wooden raised bed planters - there's lots of budget inspiration here for creating a stylish garden
Furniture set, £125, Wilko / Parasol with base, £60, IKEA / Rug, £49.95, Cuckooland.com / Solar lights, £7.99, Lights4Fun / Cushion, £7, George Home

With a little more budget, you can treat yourself to a new furniture set and parasol - how lovely is this bamboo set from Wilko?! If your patio slabs are looking a little worse for wear, covering up with a stylish outdoor rug is always a great solution. Make sure its an outdoor one, like this is, and it'll withstand rubbish weather.

Pop a cushion or two on your chairs, to create an outdoor living room feel, and you can even bring a throw out from inside. Finally, adding some solar-powered lights along a border, or on the edge of the patio/decking will create a cosy atmosphere you'll want to sit out in on those summer evenings. I've got some of these, they simply push into your lawn, so really easy to move around the garden if you change your mind too.

Garden budget: £500

Inspiration for updating your garden, patio, back yard or balcony on a budget. How to create a stylish outdoor space where you can relax and spend the summer. From replacing your patio slabs, to repainting your fence, and adding wooden raised bed planters - there's lots of budget inspiration here for creating a stylish garden
Bench, £149, Marks & Spencer / Sun lounger, £64, IKEA / Fire pit, £85, Amara / Bay tree, £45, Sainsbury's Home / Wooden planter, £115, Cuckooland.com

So you've got your seating area looking good, why not create a pretty area of the garden too? This bench could be used to create a focal area elsewhere in your garden, and how lovely is this wooden raised planter? A really easy way of adding some interest to a boring corner.

A bay tree can stand outside your patio doors, really making a statement. This is a faux one from Sainsbury's to save some money, however you can get some from garden centre for decent prices, and they're not too difficult to keep alive either!

Finally, I've left some money in the budget for plants to fill your beautiful new planter - shop around and you can usually get some really good deals.

Garden budget: £1,000

Inspiration for updating your garden, patio, back yard or balcony on a budget. How to create a stylish outdoor space where you can relax and spend the summer. From replacing your patio slabs, to repainting your fence, and adding wooden raised bed planters - there's lots of budget inspiration here for creating a stylish garden
Gazebo, £249, Very.co.uk / Ice bucket side table, Next, £99 / Patio Slabs - Image courtesy of  Walls & Floors

Finally, if you've got a larger budget to spend on getting your garden looking great this summer, why not replace a tired patio (or create a new area altogether!) with some patio slabs? I've included everything you should need to lay your own slabs, and this is measured up according to my patio which spans the full width of my garden, and with patio slabs from B&Q.

There's even money left for a beautiful gazebo to sit under, as well as something perhaps a little frivolous - an ice bucket! Vitally important for celebrating all your hard work, though, and there's even a little leftover in the budget for a bottle of something.

So there you have it: proof that you can make big changes to your garden, even with the smallest budget.

If you're looking to revamp other areas of your home on a tight budget you can find the rest of my £50 room revamp series here - including the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.

What would you like to do to your outdoor space to make it more to your taste?

Thanks for reading,
Sam Xx


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