With many Brits spending another summer in the UK, more are looking to spruce up their gardens so they can enjoy the glorious weather at home.
But homeowners can end up spending thousands of pounds on installing special garden fittings for a space to unwind and relax.
One thrifty woman has shown how she created a wooden pergola and 'garden room' herself - saving £950 in the process, according to an expert.
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Louise Tunstall, 48, who is a service delivery manager for OCR, embarked on the DIY project with her husband after noticing a problem with their decking.
The couple already had a raised decking in one corner of the garden at their home that they used for BBQs.
"Over the past 12 years, it had started to look tired and worn,'' Louise told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.
“When we started to look at repairing it, the wooden frame underneath was rotten, so we took advantage of not going on holiday in 2020 due to Covid and used that money to redesign the whole corner of the garden. "
Louise says she tried to make the best use of the space - which gets the sun in the late afternoon and early evening - and by removing as few plants as possible.
Sourcing supplies, she picked up fence panels and posts from Earith Timber, decking boards and bollards online, and sleepers from UK Timber for a total of £660.
Next up was the lighting and electrics, which comprised of armoured cabling, a junction box, a slot light and bulbs for £400.
For the decor, Louise picked up cushions, shelving and a ladder stand for £100 from Dunelm, before heading to Bedfordshire Garden Buildings for their gazebo kit priced at £1,400.
The plants were sourced from B&Q, their local market and Dobbies for a total of £100.
"I had some bits already, such as the seating, and we had compost from our allotment. The labour costs when installing the electrics was free, as my husband is an electrician," Louise added.
Overall, the project took three months to complete.
“Getting hold of materials during lockdown was an interesting challenge, especially as wood was in short supply, but we managed to find everything we needed in the end.
"While we sourced equipment, I got stuck into the preparation and planning - my particular area of interest.
“There was a lot of clearing out and trips to the rubbish tip as we got rid of the rotting decking.
"We worked on the fence, replacing four damaged panels and concreting in 20 new posts to support the new decking. This was hard work as the ground was very hard and we had to remove a lot of old posts which had been concreted in."
Louise explained: "Laying down the decking was a project in itself, as the total area is 23 metres squared.
"A lot of digging and manual work was also required to build the new wooden frame of the gazebo using the flat pack kit. This was probably the hardest part as the instructions could have been better.
“The electrics involved drilling in the holes for the lighting and cabling. My husband then stepped in to lay in the electrical cables and connect these back to the distribution board. I also replaced the bollard light bulbs with LED lighting."
The pair then landscaped the surrounding area with sleepers - designing and cutting them where needed to make each one individual.
Finally, the soft furnishings and finishing touches were added to make the space more homely.
"Overall, it took a lot of effort but we love the end result," Louise continued.
"The gazebo gives us privacy and shelter so we can use it all year round, and the area is now really unique. I’m pleased with how it blends into the existing garden.
“I’m happy I managed to do it myself, as this is a career I’d like to get into more, and I wanted the challenge - renovating property and gardens is a real passion of mine.”
Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “Louise and her husband have completed a truly impressive project. This gazebo could have been installed by any professional and it just goes to show what you can achieve when you put your mind to it.
“The savings on this makeover have clearly been massive. The average price for a professional gazebo installation of this size is £400 or more plus labour, and an electrician will typically charge around £40-50 an hour.
“As Louise provided seats she already owned, this has also saved a lot of money, as seating of this kind comes in at around £500 on average. Overall it’s safe to say Louise has saved at least £950 by completing this project herself!”