Urban Garden Makeover plans

First of all I have to start off with a massive apology for the lack of content recently, but today’s post is the reason why. We have been on with a massive project. Quite literally every day when we get home from work, myself and Matt have been working in the garden. The above mood board is my inspiration for what the garden will look like when it’s done (I have linked everything at the bottom of this blog post) but I thought it would be good to talk you through the garden and it’s journey so far, which has been no small task I might add!

So after living in this house for just over 4 years, we are finally giving the garden the makeover it deserves. It’s been a huge project even to this point, because if you haven’t been following along – the previous owner of this house ran a dog kennels business in the garden so the whole of the back garden was concrete, sheds and fences. It was a total eye sore but with the incredible views, I could see huge potential – and if I’m totally honest, it was the view out of the back garden that sold the house to me, without a doubt.

Evolution of the garden over the last 4 years

Lust Living Modern Garden Patio Renovation

Fortunately, part of the agreement when I bought this house was that the kennels would be taken down before I moved in, so we were lucky in a way that we did not have to deal with that giant task, but there was still a huge amount to do – and those of you that are renovating your own homes/gardens etc will appreciate what a task doing it yourself is. We do all the renovating in this house ourselves, minus specialist jobs like plastering large areas etc, between myself and Matt, we have done everything, and the garden is no exception. Below is pretty much what the space looked like once the kennels were down and this is what we were left to deal with (minus the concrete slabs that had already been taken up) – a load of bad soil mixed with rubble, a grubby bricked patio area, mis-matched fences and a bricked shed which would have been used as a toilet a long time ago – this is now our cat’s home and has actually come in very useful!

Lust Living Modern Garden Patio Renovation

That’s Louie – my mum and dog’s boxer above by the way!

So the first priority was to get a secure fence to surround the garden – partly so it didn’t look horrible anymore but mainly because I didn’t want the dogs to be able to escape from the gaps here and there – Alfie’s a real springer – he would be off exploring the fields at the first chance he got!

Lust Living Modern Garden Patio Renovation

Back then I thought that given the view behind the garden and with it being such a country feel, that only a traditional cottage style garden would suit the space which is why I went with picket fence. Now I have completely changed my mind on this and the new plans will be veering away from such a traditional, twee feel – but this is 4 years on and hindsight is a great thing isn’t it! We painted the fence panels white and it has made a huge difference to the garden over the last couple of years – really brightened the space up!

Lust Living Modern Garden Patio Renovation

Next job was to deal with the actual garden – or non existent garden at least. What was a pile of rubble/clay/soil, quickly turned into a forest of weeds so it was time to cut that back, remove all the rubble, level it as best we could and then it was time to order tonnes of top soil.

Lust Living Modern Garden Patio Renovation

Time to cart the top soil from the front of the house to the back garden and then finally lay some turf down!

Lust Living Modern Garden Patio Renovation

Lust Living Modern Garden Patio Renovation

After the turf had rooted itself and we actually had some grass, we put a flower bed in the border and used bricks we had lying around to use as a border up to the grass. We finished the pond off that we made at the top (I’m going to do the same the other side and will be doing a separate blog post all about that) and then jet-washed the patio and re-sanded in between the bricks – but honestly, doing that every year was just too much maintenance for my liking. So below is pretty much what the garden looked like before we started the makeover this year (but with more weeds!)

Lust Living Modern Garden Patio Renovation

THE NEW PATIO PLANS

Lust Living Modern Garden Patio Renovation

Lust Living Modern Garden Patio Renovation

Lust Living Modern Garden Patio Renovation

Sorry for the messy scribbled photos – but sometimes it’s easier to imagine things if you have a little sketch and play about with a space that way, and I shared these on my Instagram stories to get everyone’s thoughts. Below is where we are at as of today.

Urban Garden Inspo

The pergola is in, half of the outdoor tiles are down (there will be a full blog post on the tiles once completed yay, I’ve had so many questions about them already), the garden furniture is ordered – and you can find the full list of links to the items on my urban garden moodboard below too. So the next thing for me to crack on with is the slatted cedar wood fencing, which I think we are going to attempt to do ourselves too… wish us luck! Then after that is all done we just need to sort out the patio that wraps around the house… but we are nearly there… surely?!

  1. Portside 2-Piece Sectional Sofa
  2.  Portside Coffee Table
  3. Outdoor Zoe Bios Cushions
  4. Kelkay Cotswold Stone Chippings
  5. Icon Grey Outdoor Tile Slabs
  6. Modern Pond Inspo
  7. White Anora String Bench
  8. Cast Iron Firepit
  9. White Anora String Chair
  10. Western Red Cedar Slatted Fencing
  11. St Ives Down Wall Light
  12. Pergola with Trellis
  13. Warm White Festoon Lighting

Urban Garden Makeover plans