We were offered £1800 to redecorate our garden but did it ourselves cheaply using scaffolding boards

WHEN the sun is breaking through the clouds and summer is fast approaching, people turn their attention to their outdoors.

If you’re looking for some gardening inspiration to get ideas for your backyard, you’ve come to the right place with this incredible transformation.


Emma and Steve have completely transformed their garden using old scaffolding boardsCredit: LatestDeals.co.uk
Garden used to be boring and tired with a few potted plants


Garden used to be boring and tired with a few potted plantsCredit: LatestDeals.co.uk

Emma Hartgrove-Tubby, 36, a beauty therapist, and Steve Hartgrove-Tubby, 38, a scaffolder, wanted to transform their garden without spending too much money.

The couple, who have two children together, built a stunning U-shaped outdoor sofa, patio and coffee table from old scaffolding boards.

The fresh look was rounded off with colors and accessories from the cheap stores Home Bargains, B&M and Amazon.

Speaking to the DIY On A Budget UK money-saving Facebook group, Emma said: “My husband Steve and I have been saving desperately to buy our own home over the next few years, which is extremely difficult with the property market going through the roof.

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“To save, we are on a very tight budget and are saving every penny we have.

“We are lucky that our landlords are very good to us and let us do what we want to make a house a home.

“Because we take good care of it they keep the rent low for us, but I’m also very aware that this isn’t our own home so we don’t want to spend silly amounts when we could save.

“Being on a tight budget means we entertain more at home, especially in the summer months.

“I told my husband I would like a U-shaped sofa.

“That was around £2,000 which I didn’t want to put into savings for so I suggested he build one out of scaffolding boards.

“He was surprisingly up for the challenge!

“I had an image in my head and searched the internet for what I liked and what I didn’t like.

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“I gave him some pictures of what I liked and in two days he had it put together.

“My husband is a hard worker and he works 24/7 so we can save what we can and have the nice things that we have.

“His boss kindly provided him with the scaffolding boards free of charge and my husband brought him a crate of beer as a thank you.

“We bought some 20 pound lumber and built a frame so we had something to attach the boards to and support the weight.

Steve took on the challenge of building the U-shaped garden sofa himself


Steve took on the challenge of building the U-shaped garden sofa himselfCredit: LatestDeals.co.uk
The results of their hard work were absolutely stunning and cost just £200


The results of their hard work were absolutely stunning and cost just £200Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk

“The patio he built out of pallets about eight years ago was rotting so I pulled it up and my husband built the new one.

“He built the frame, patio and coffee table and I did the rest.

“I wanted a boho style for a chilled out feel and when I have friends over and parties in the summer.

“The rug was B&M for £10, the fire pit was £25 off Amazon, the mirrors are from Home Bargains for £3.99 each and all the plants you see are mostly from my dad’s garden.

“The big white planters in front of the shed were orange and from a Facebook page. I bought them for €10 each and painted them.

“We both have very busy lives with our children, my daughter dances and my son plays for Harleston Youth Football Club and he is also in Norwich City elite football and has recently taken up boxing.

“I work part-time as a beauty therapist and enjoy lifting weights at the gym five times a week and my husband is a member of the golf club. So when we are all together as a family, our time together is so precious.

“We now have a nice area where we can relax together. I’m so happy it made our little garden perfect!

“If we move, I want to take it with me too.

“Total with paint, cushions, fire pit and accessories it cost around £200.

“You can do anything if you put your mind to it.

“We are absolutely delighted to have saved around £1,800.

“It means we are one step closer to our forever home as the money saved has gone into the home fund.

“We’re excited to host our first party this weekend!”

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Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk comments: “Buying new garden furniture can be very expensive, costing hundreds or even thousands of pounds.

“Hats to Emma and Steve for finding an amazingly affordable way to get the garden of their dreams – it looks absolutely gorgeous!”


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