When Si bought our house, the garden was almost as big a mess as the inside of the house. The lovely people at Wood Finishes Direct asked me what my dream garden would look like. The short answer would be a finished one! Here is part of our garden makeover so far and a little bit about that future dream garden.
Going back a few years ago, this is how our garden looked. I’m just showing you the back part of the garden today, as the front isn’t that exciting yet and it has a huge paddling pool in the middle of it currently.
Beautiful isn’t it?! I am very pleased I have such a practical boyfriend, as he has spent a lot of time on the garden since then. I’ve gotten my hands dirty a lot clearing the dirt and rubbish from the back garden as well.
It really is still a work in progress, but we have the frankly huge wall at the back of the house. Built by hand in his ‘spare’ time, much like the wooden fencing above the wall and the ‘temporary’ wooden shed that he built himself. I love the wall at the back, the stones will look amazing once they’ve cleaned off properly when we finish.
I have to admit I will be pleased when the wood shed is gone though, as great a job as Si did making it. It’s blocking most of the dining room window and was only ever meant to be temporary as we don’t have room for it.
Our permanent shed will be the huge concrete block ones he is building at the moment, which I can’t wait to be finished. I have had a tumble dryer right in the way in the dining room for a very long time, and countless tools all over the house as we ran out of room in the temporary shed to put them.
One room of the shed will be a bit of a utility area, somewhere to keep welly boots the tumble dryer and the boys bikes. The other room will be for Si to store his huge collection of tools and hopefully be able to do some welding and tinkering at home when he wants to in future. He is a welder by trade and ridiculously practical.
Once the new sheds are done, what I am really hoping we can do out the back is to deck the whole area. Where the temporary shed is above I want either a picnic table or a wooden table and benches for eating at. Well not only eating at, I would love to be able to sit in the back garden and work as well.
The decking will most likely be the same colour as our fence, as it will look odd if it doesn’t match. So my plan is to break up the brown with wooden planters painted in different colours, or just one bright colour if Si and I can agree on one.
I keep eyeing up the different colours that you can get Cuprinol Garden Shades in for this. I’m a little in love with the Forget Me Not and Summer Damson ones. I think we might need to buy a few sample colours to help us choose.
I’m thinking we might have a colourful bench at the front of the house eventually as well, although we may decide on a more traditionally coloured exterior wood paint.
At the front of the house at the moment, there are mismatched and slightly sparse in places bushes. The bushes looked a lot better before the boys ripped bits out on the outside to make a den…. oh the joy of children! Our future plans for the front are to rip out the bushes completely and build a wall instead, with sections in the middle that are wood.
We also have a very sad-looking green monstrosity of a gate, which I will show you in another post soon. Si has used his welding skills to make me a beautiful new metal gate. He has made it with a butterfly design on it, as he knows how much I love them.
I would like to be able to show you, but it is currently in the back of the temporary shed and I would undoubtably get stuck in there with it if I tried. I will save that for the final photos, when the whole garden is done. I will share the changes to the front and side gardens so far soon though.
I really can’t wait to have it all finished at last, although Si might not be as keen for it to be done since he has promised me we’ll start on redecorating indoors afterwards….