Garden Makeover Part 2 New Patio Revealed

At last, after an incredible amount of hard physical work (Marc’s not mine) our lower patio area is complete! Would you like to see the finished project?


Garden Makeover Part 2 New Patio Revealed


Patio Before and After

These are the best type of pictures dont you think? I love looking at before and after images of other peoples homes.

We still need to get more plants growing, ready for next year, then it will look as pretty as the before image.


Garden Makeover Part 2 New Patio Revealed


In part one of this Garden Makeover I explained about the challenges we faced just to clear the area of debris. We also had to take down a tree that had outgrown its space, our neighbour was happy but I was sad to see it go!


It is so hard to make the big decisions isn’t it? So many questions…What tiles? what colour?


Our Patio Tiles The Details:

It is so hard to make the big decisions isn’t it? The tiles, what colour or size? How many and what other materials will you need? The list is endless…

This is the stage we were at when I last wrote about our garden project:


Garden Makeover Part 2 New Patio Revealed


Tile Mountain, The portico Collection

We had lots of help from our tile supplier Tile Mountain  their site is easy to use and very helpful for calculating what amount you need to fit your space.

We chose our tiles from The Portico Collection. These beautiful mid grey tiles are made from porcelain! You can use them inside and out too. They are called ‘Surface Outdoor Mid Grey Slab’

Size: 600mm x 600mm


Why we chose them.

Our lower patio area is long and narrow, if we used the smaller tiles they would make it look even smaller. We didn’t want light coloured tiles, as we have them on our larger patio and when the sun shines on them they give off a hard glaring light. By choosing the grey its softer, calmer and blends the edges which makes the area appear larger.

Being made of porcelain, they feel soft and warm underfoot no matter the weather! The dogs love them…


Garden Makeover Part 2 New Patio Revealed


Garden Makeover Part 2 New Patio Revealed


The accessories:

We made some tealight holders from logs, and everything else we already owned. The cushions from H & M Home, are new. H & M Home (online)  is superb place to buy cheap cushion covers. The printed ones are from H&M the other green ones are from Ikea, we bought them ages ago.


Garden Makeover Part 2 New Patio Revealed


The garden shelf

I am sure you will not be suprised to hear that the shelf was handmade by marc, at my request!

I think it adds some kitschy fun. The plants are all artificial and were sourced from The Range


Garden Makeover Part 2 New Patio Revealed


One More Before and After?

Oh, ok then.. if you insist!

It’s hard to imagine not having this lovely new space, we meet there after the day is done and sip our drinks and chat about life. Surely everyone needs a space like that?


Garden Makeover Part 2 New Patio Revealed

I will leave you with one more image of those beautifully laid tiles… Do leave a comment and let me know what you think of all Marc’s hard work….he reads this blog you know!


Garden Makeover Part 2 New Patio Revealed


A DIY: How to Make Rustic Log tealight holders


It’s very easy…you just need some small logs and a drill, oh and some tea lights of course


Clic the title or the image if you would like to see how we made them?


how to make rustic log tealight holders
How to make rustic log tealight holders


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  1. 29/06/2018 / 07:23

    This looks beautiful. And I like that it looks like a quiet cosy corner. Somewhere to escape too. You are lucky to have such a clever Marc!
    Laurie xx

    • 29/06/2018 / 14:30

      ahaaa cheers Laurie!
      I think he’s clever to have me to dream it all up!

      (Seriously I know I am he’s brilliant at this stuff and works sooo hard)

  2. 27/06/2018 / 14:34

    What a fantastic place to sit. And you can now enjoy it!

    • 28/06/2018 / 11:34

      Thank you Nancy!
      Yes perfect timing as Summer has well and truly arrived in the UK this week!
      bestest wishes to you and yours

    • 28/06/2018 / 11:33

      Thank you Maria!
      Time for a whole bottle on ice I think this weekend?
      Enjoy yours
      bestest wishes
      Ashley x

  3. 27/06/2018 / 08:36

    Ashley the transformation is amazing!! Marc has done an INCREDIBLE job, we transformed our own garden from an overgrown mess (where we didn’t even know how long the garden was!) so I know how much work it entails. The tiles are a great choice and he’s laid them beautifully. You must be so pleased 🙂

    Catherine x

    • 28/06/2018 / 11:32

      Hi Catherine and Thank you! I Know he will like the mention! He did work so hard on it every weekend he had any spare time!
      You must be looking forward to designing a new garden by now…?
      Ashley xx