Building an extension is sure to transform a home, but the owners of this small end-of-terrace in Cheshire were unprepared for how much it would change their garden for the better. After moving in, the couple immediately decided to build an extension to give them more space in the house but, inevitably, it left the garden in a state of disrepair.
They set out to create a low-maintenance courtyard fit for entertaining guests and relaxing in the summer. A mixture of paved and gravel floors in natural, light hues created a low maintenance backdrop to style the scheme.
A colour palette of grey and green, with the occasional pop of a neon really brought the garden to life. With a low budget, furniture had to be sourced smartly. ‘We snapped up a bench on Freecycle and we painted both items in a soft grey. We the table and seating in our local paper – they needed a good scrub but are great quality’ says the owner.
Hanging candle lanterns are a cost effective way to make a unique lighting feature. Use different shapes and sizes to give it a mix and match feel and add personality.
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A clever prop this side table comes complete with a drinks cooler which ‘frees up space in the fridge when we entertain’ says the owner.
Give paved areas some contrasting garden life. ‘The potted bamboo screen was actually an after-thought, but it helps define each area.’