Birmingham couple Anna Hoban, 33, and her partner Tom Ellens, 25, were quoted a staggering £6,000 to transform their garden into a luxury space but managed to save more than £4,000 doing it themselves. The couple moved into their home in September 2020 and wanted to renovate their garden so they could enjoy it in the summer. However, the thrifty homeowners were taken aback when they were quoted £6,000 for the work.
Instead, they decided to get stuck in and completed the work in just 17 days for £1,926 – over £4,000 less than they were quoted.
Anna, who is a headteacher, described the original garden space as “tiny” with a “yellow patio” that the couple hardly used.
“It was on an incline and it was just grass,” she added.
The eye-watering garden quote spurred the couple to get creative and savvy.
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“That’s how you get the best deals,” she added.
Anything the couple didn’t use, they sold on Facebook marketplace.
To get rid of the rubble in the garden, the couple hired a skip and drafted in Tom’s dad to help.
The first task on the couple’s to-do list was to level out the garden.
The couple have still managed to keep some of the lawn which adds a touch of greenery to the outdoor space.
Tom said they key to the project was to focus on one section at a time.
The couple posted the before and after photos on TikTok which led them to go viral.
Here’s the total cost and breakdown of the garden transformation:
Total cost: £1926
Builders Merchant – Sand, Cement, tools, cement mixer etc. – £556
Breezeblocks – £418
Skip Hire – £210
Paving slabs – £602
Stones – £140
Paint provided by Lick as part of an Instagram collaboration