Our Garden Transformation

Now, our garden certainly isn’t complete. Not even close, we still need to add flowers and plants. Re-slab the patio (meaning we’re going to need to actually choose a patio design first!), and block pave the driveway down the side. But it is one load of a difference than it was when we bought the house 6 months ago. The garden was actually the first thing that got completed. Today I want to show you the progress we’ve made with it. I’m hoping when the weather starts to pick up again we can cut a boarder around the edge of the grass to plants some shrubs and pretty flowers. I’d love to get Theodore a little play house and paint it up real lovely as well. This summer he’s actually going to be able to play outside which I love. I expect we’ll be out there almost everyday. We’ve actually just bought some cast iron gates which we need to hang, so we can’t have a little escape artist. That way we know he’s all safe and secure in there.

If you don’t follow our house account on Instagram you should! We’re always posting the dusty demolition that’s going on inside and outside!

Now we never really decided on a garden design when starting this. We more or less just wanted a blank canvas to start from. The image above was taken when we went to view the house in April 2018. We didn’t actually get the keys until the end of July 2018, meaning this garden got pretty wild in those few months. Finally when we got to our house for the first time the garden resembled something a little like this below…

Bradley’s dad had actually got there a few hours before us receiving the keys sorting out the front drive and the garden. The front of the property was very closed off with gates, fences and tall bushes. We knew that we had a fair few vehicles to get on the drive including lots of trailers with all our belongings on. You can see the difference here below. We’re still planning on block paving the whole front and down the sides eventually, but at the moment we want to concentrate spending money on the inside. But the work his Dad and Grandad have done has made life a lot easier and is so much more practical since we have a car and a very large van. We would also like to drop the whole length of the curb in front of the house if the council permits us to do that.

Now behold the photographic progress of our back garden slowly changing into the huge beautiful blank canvas it is today. Like I said this isn’t the finished product but we’re very happy with what we’ve got for the mean time. We’ve got Bradley’s Dad and Grandad to thank for working on the garden in their spare time so this garden has all been possible because of them. It’s brilliant when you can get family to help out on huge jobs like these.

Bradley’s Dad cutting down the hanging over tree! The neighbours were very happy about this.


Tree top gone. All the bushes at the back and sides pulled forward and removed. 
Torn down the old rotten shed!
Ripping out the side boarder so we can park the van right down the bottom of the house.
All the ground from within the trees and bushes pulled up. Look at all that rubbish buried under there!


Look at the state of the place!


A higher view of it all! And our old flat roof which is now gone, yay!
A lot of rubbish removed and some fence panels purchased ready to go up.


The back fence panels going up.


The rest of the soil and rubbish removed and putting more fence panels up.


Our 7 month old Theodore having a go on the digger!


Fence completed, ground flattened and shed going in.
Grass seeds scattered. We then watered the grass every night for two weeks.
Our first tiny bits of grass appearing!
3-4 weeks after scattering the grass seed!


Ta-da! Our lovely new looking fresh green beautiful garden! Can you believe the difference from when we bought the place?! It’s totally unrecognisable! It looks like it should be on the back of a brand new house. But no our house is 80 years old as is this garden. We’re so happy with it even like this but I would love to add some flowers down the right hand side. We’ve also been talking to the neighbour about eventually removing the bush and carrying on the fence panels. We’re so thankful and grateful for Bradley’s Dad and Grandad for doing this for us whilst we cracked on with the inside.

So what do you think? What do you think we should do to it next?!


  1. January 27, 2019 / 1:32 pm

    Renovation is such hard work isn’t it?! I hate the process where everything is everywhere but it is so worth it in the end. Well done on the massive progress.

  2. Laura Dove
    January 27, 2019 / 7:45 pm

    Oh wow that looks like it was a mammoth task but it looks great! Home improvements are hard work arent they?!

  3. January 28, 2019 / 5:27 pm

    What a transformation, it make the garden look so much bigger! You really can’t beat freshly laid grass too, I loved it when ours went down!

  4. January 28, 2019 / 6:40 pm

    Wow what a lot of hard work you guys have put into that! It looks really good and your new grass grew so fast. It makes such a difference having a nice view to look at out the window

  5. January 28, 2019 / 7:33 pm

    Your garden looks lovely now and how did your grass take so well? Amazing!!

  6. January 29, 2019 / 7:25 am

    Oh wow that’s amazing! I have a feeling we would have the same problem with all the rubbish buried underneath! It looks like a much bigger space as well. Well done to your family for helping x

  7. Michelle Kellogg
    January 29, 2019 / 1:35 pm

    That is so much work but look at the what came of it! I have no idea what you should do next as I don’t have a yard much less a garden. And even if I did, I don’t have a green thumb so there’s that. Gardens are very pretty though so I’m sure you will come up with something wonderful!

  8. Melanie
    January 29, 2019 / 7:14 pm

    Oh wow so much work but completely worth it. Your garden looks super lovely now xx

  9. January 29, 2019 / 8:50 pm

    What a transformation! I don’t have green fingers, so I think what you’ve done is perfect. Grass and a shed! Ha.

  10. January 30, 2019 / 2:16 pm

    What a huge transformation! I love big grassy gardens, so perfect for the kids to play in, aren’t they?

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