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Your Garden Made Perfect couple divide opinion with their £25,000 design

A couple had their disused swimming pool transformed into a jungle-inspired oasis reminiscent of Jurassic Park on last night's episode of Your Garden Made perfect. 

Suzanne, a florist, and Andrew, a groundsman, bought their 'forever home' on the outskirts of Plymouth four years ago and were initially drawn to the 2m deep swimming pool in the back garden. 

However over time the swimming pool had become a burden and was left empty and stained, making the back garden an uninviting eyesore that was dangerous for guests, particularly young children. 

After viewing two potential designs using virtual reality technology, they opted for one by Tom Massey that aimed to turn the cavernous space into a sunken garden with railings to make it safer.

BEFORE: Suzanne, a florist, and Andrew, a groundsman, bought their 'forever home' on the outskirts of Plymouth four years ago and were initially drawn to the 2m deep swimming pool in the back garden. The pool was no longer used (pictured)

AFTER: After viewing two potential designs using virtual reality technology, they opted for one by Tom Massey that aimed to turn the cavernous space into a sunken 'sub-tropical paradise garden' with railings to make it safer

AFTER: At the bottom of the pool along the back wall there is a waterfall with lush greenery to disguise the pool wall

Secret garden: The front of the house on the outskirts of Plymouth (left). Owners Suzanne and Andrew 

Dividing opinion: Viewers were torn over whether the design was a success, with some saying it looked like 'Jurassic Park'

Viewers were divided over the finished result, which came in some £5,000 under the original £30,000 budget. 

Some praised Massey for his ability to work within such a difficult space and said it is the 'best' makeover the series has seen so far. 

One tweeted: 'Oh my goodness, I am actually obsessed with Tom Massey's garden designs. I would bloody love him to design ours, both his gardens have been completely magical with the dreamiest water features.' 

However others said it was still 'bizarre' and looked like the set of Jurassic Park, with one adding cheekily: 'When do the dinosaurs get delivered?' Others compared it to a zoo enclosure or Thunderbirds' Tracy Island. 

Expectation: Suzanne and Andrew explained how they initially thought the pool was a bonus and imagine spending days lounging in the sun.'The first time we looked at it, it was beautiful,' Suzanne said. Pictured, the pool when it was full

Reality: The cost of running such a deep pool and keeping it heated was much more than the couple expected and it required repairs totalling £40,000. 'It's a never ending headache,' said Andrew. Pictured, the sunken swimming pool before

Transformed: Massey worked with the existing space but added extra levels to break up the depth and installed railings

One tweeted: 'Tom’s design is like the elephant house at Chester Zoo #Yourgardenmadeperfect.'

Others questioned whether the garden had actually been made any safer, with one posting: 'My favourite thing about that child friendly garden is how the kids will trip down those jaggedy steps straight into the fire pit.' 

Suzanne and Andrew explained how they initially thought the pool was a bonus and imagine spending days lounging in the sun.'The first time we looked at it, it was beautiful,' Suzanne said. 'It was a glorious sunny day, it was glistening.' 

But the reality was very different. The cost of running such a deep pool and keeping it heated was much more than the couple expected and it required repairs totalling £40,000. 'It's a never ending headache,' said Andrew. 

Tropical touches: The end of the pool boasts a naturalistic water feature incorporating a boulder that was brought in

Lush plants: Over time the plants will grow and take over the space, making it look even more like a jungle 

Space to socialise: The upper level of the space is centered around a fire pit and has different seating options

They made the decision to drain it for good, leaving the hole in the middle of their 10m by 10m terrace. 

Massey worked with the existing space but added extra levels to break up the depth and installed railings around the exterior for safety. 

At one end of the garden there is a stunning waterfall feature, made from boulders that were brought in especially.

Suzanne and Andrew also added a firepit where they can gather to socialise with friends. The couple were thrilled with the results.   

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