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We renovated our neglected garden for £2,500 using bamboo panels

One COUPLE spent £2,500 renovating their neglected garden using bamboo panels, delighted with their new Thai paradise.

Katy Roast and her husband Ken were determined to turn their “dating and nothing” garden into something special, inspired by their travels.

Katy and Ken Roast turned their garden into a paradise in Thailand for £2,500

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Katy and Ken Roast turned their garden into a paradise in Thailand for £2,500Credit: Latest transaction
The garden used to be "dated and boring"

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The garden was previously “aged and unattractive”

And since neither Katy nor Ken are “green fingers,” they decided to use artificial grass and bamboo from a closed local DIY store as their primary materials.

Katy is in charge of the creative aspects of the makeover, while Ken uses her plumbing, electrical and gardening skills to make their dreams come true.

They also finished the work themselves, to save money, and did it in just eight months.

The couple first covered the fence with bamboo panels, before using the sandstone patio as the base for the floor – which they made with wood from a local timber trader.

Then, they used a moisture-proof film to cover the top and added a ladder leading up to the greenhouse.

Next is the artificial lawn.

Katy told LatestDeals.co.uk it was a challenge.

“We used a 2.4m long 50 x 100mm wooden stick, which was pulled and rotated across the surface.

“Any recessed areas are filled and hand-filled as needed. Finally, we add a layer of sharp sand.

“Since there were so few steps, we took a bit of a shortcut by not bothering to flatten the bowling alley. We take the grass right up to the workshop at the end of the garden.”

The couple wanted to be able to use their new tranquil haven all year round, so decided to come up with a way to make it weatherproof.

The couple used their travels as inspiration for their garden makeover and did the work on their own

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The couple used their travels as inspiration for their garden makeover and did the work on their ownCredit: Latest transaction
Buddha statues and bamboo panels add a peaceful look to the garden

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Buddha statues and bamboo panels add a peaceful look to the gardenCredit: Latest transaction

“We didn’t want a completely enclosed space, so we opted for a transparent PVC covered climbing perg,” she explains, adding that she’s managed to sell a pergola used locally.

After dismantling it and rebuilding it to fit the space, they painted it with charcoal paint and then mounted it on the floor.

They also realized that they needed to attach it to the greenhouse to make it safe and stable, which was “the most challenging aspect of the project”.

“We had to attach two pillars to the brick base of the greenhouse using rough dowels,” says Katy.

Garden furniture and an eye-catching rug complete the garden cover

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Garden furniture and an eye-catching rug complete the garden coverCredit: Latest transaction
Solar lights make it look like there are stars on the ceiling

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Solar lights make it look like there are stars on the ceiling

“We then fixed a five-meter piece of wood to both piers and secured them to two supports that were fastened to the deck.”

To complete the garden, Katy and Ken added solar-powered fairy lights, white pebbles on the floor, and a bench for the fountain.

Garden furniture and an old guinea pig that Katy painted with charcoal, as well as a large rug made entirely from recycled straws complete their tranquil haven.

“Spending time in the garden helps bring us back to the Thai experience,” she said.

They put the board on the field so they don't have to dig it up

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They put the board on the field so they don’t have to dig it up
Katy picks up an old chiminea she painted with charcoal paint

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Katy picks up an old chiminea she painted with charcoal paint

“It’s so relaxing to be able to sit and look back on all the hard work we’ve done – it really paid off.”

Meanwhile, this couple is live in tents to cut costs and save for their own cabins.

This couple lives full time on the truck after getting the job done by watching YouTube videos.

And this man lives mortgage-free after giving up his two-bed home for a static caravan.

I live off-grid in a tent I bought for an elderly person

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PaulLeBlanc

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