We didn’t want to pay thousands for our grey garden renovation to be landscaped by somebody else, so we always planned to do the work ourselves. Alan is pretty handy when it comes to DIY, having renovated a previous property and even though all his skills are self-taught he can build, construct, repair or restore anything he puts his mind to. I make a pretty good assistant as well, and I’m normally in charge of designing, planning, and sourcing materials.
We set to work on the garden in Spring 2021 and planned a large patio area that we could use for outdoor dining and entertaining, as well as a space to make the most of the sun. The direction of the garden was a major consideration when purchasing our house, as evening sun on the patio was a must, so when choosing the materials for the patio we were looking for something light and bright that would reflect the sun and feel warm.