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Thrifty mum transforms garden into stunning £2,700 chill-out space for just £500

A savvy mum transformed her unloved garden into a beautiful outdoor space for just £500.

Lynda Chadwick had abandoned her garden for five years, with nothing more than a paved area covered in rubbish and an old sun lounger on the grass.

The 54-year-old hated the space and admitted to never used it.

As reported by Yorkshire Live, she first planned to have the refurb done by professionals, but the price tag put her off.

However, she became inspired to do the work herself after seeing other people transforming their outdoor spaces on Facebook group Gardens On A Budget.

Lynda said: “It was [my friend] Sharon who pushed me into it, so we did it together.

“I’m a single mum so had no help from men, and even though I have three sons, they didn’t help as I wanted it to be my project.”

She added: “I’d had someone price it up last year and it was going to cost me £2,700. I’ve done it myself for under £500.”

It took Lynda and Sharon around three weeks and a lot of hard work to transform the garden.

“The first step was to dig up about five tonnes of soil and grass,” said Lynda. “There was also a concrete post buried under the soil, so that had to come up.”

Linda hated the state her garden was in before.

“I bought lights for each post and a log roll to edge it all. I also got hold of several plants and a palm tree for free – luckily, my dad was moving so he gave them all to me and that saved me a fair bit of money.”

She added: “The project was definitely hard going at times. Halfway through I did say I wish I’d never started it and I could see no end.

“But Sharon said ‘come on, we can do this’ so we did. I’m so happy with the result and finally I have a beautiful space to sit out in after five years.”

Linda never used to sit in the old garden.
Linda never used to sit in the old garden.

Lynda said she was happy to have saved thousands of pounds by doing the makeover herself.

“Several of the supplies I bought were cheap or free. This helped me with getting the most expensive item – the stones, which were £75 a tonne.

“I got three tonnes so I paid £225 in total. The log rolls were from The Range at £5.99 each and I only had to buy five. I got seven rolls free as my friend had them left over from her garden.

“That was the beginning of my motivation to start on the garden – getting these freebies.”

Linda's stunning outdoor space after the refurb.
Linda’s stunning outdoor space after the refurb.

Lynda said the fence paint came from B&Q and was £48 for two tins. She also had a look on Facebook Marketplace and managed to find some bargains there.

I picked up a barbecue for £30 and a sun bed for £50,” said Lynda.

It took Lynda and Sharon around three weeks to transform the garden.
It took Lynda and Sharon around three weeks to transform the garden.

“The other costs involved were two black rolls to go under the stones, which were £10.50 each, and I also paid £60 for someone to take away all of the topsoil I dug up.

“Overall I paid just under £500 – I had saved that much and I didn’t go over budget.”

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