How could Improve this ugly part of my back garden?

http://imgur.com/a/BfWhU

It's all at odd levels. I'd like to perhaps even it out but unless how best to do it.

Any ideas, advice? Thanks!

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  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,370

    If it were me I'd want to make a much wider terrace at the level of the patio doors (top step) and then wrap planting around it. If you Google 'raised terrace ideas' you might see some things you could do to have a bigger top level, some smaller steps down from that into the garden. Depends if you're up for a reasonably big construction project?

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  • raisingirl says:

    If it were me I'd want to make a much wider terrace at the level of the patio doors (top step) and then wrap planting around it. If you Google 'raised terrace ideas' you might see some things you could do to have a bigger top level, some smaller steps down from that into the garden. Depends if you're up for a reasonably big construction project?

    See original post

     Thank you :) I am very new to DIY is it something I could do myself or would I have to pay someone? 

  • if you are going to expand the patio/terrace level with the door make sure you take into account the air brick, you don't want to block that otherwise you'll get damp in your house.

    also check where the damp proof course is, you don't want to build above that line as you'll get damp in the house again.

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,726

    Much easier to. Extend the paving area at the bottom of the steps. You can't raise that bit because of the air bricks ans damp proof course. As mentioned. Extend the paving to the left of the steps, and in front of the steps using the same type of pavers. Get rid of the line of bricks at the bottom of the steps. A bit of trellis extending to the left of the house will hide the wheelie bins from sight. Perhaps respite the whirly further down he garden.

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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,726

    Can't edit on my iPad!  Respite should have been resite!

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  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,370

    How old is your house, roughly?

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  • It's forty years old. 

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,370

    Hmm, 1970s, there should be a dpc then but I can't see it in the pic. I wonder if those are engineering bricks.

    If you wanted a terrace level with the first step outside the patio doors you'd probably need to get someone to build it unless you make it out of wooden decking and you're very good at carpentry (and there'll be lots of people to tell you decking isn't great after the first year or two. It gets slimy).

    The fact you ask the question suggests you're probably better getting someone else. If you're not up for that - money or mess - then perhaps go the other way. I mean make the steps smaller - so they are just a flight of steps rather than those big wide ones, and have a bigger paved area at the lowest level. That you probably could do yourself

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    To search for perfection is all very well, but to look for heaven is to live here in hell
  • raisingirl says:

    Hmm, 1970s, there should be a dpc then but I can't see it in the pic. I wonder if those are engineering bricks.

    If you wanted a terrace level with the first step outside the patio doors you'd probably need to get someone to build it unless you make it out of wooden decking and you're very good at carpentry (and there'll be lots of people to tell you decking isn't great after the first year or two. It gets slimy).

    The fact you ask the question suggests you're probably better getting someone else. If you're not up for that - money or mess - then perhaps go the other way. I mean make the steps smaller - so they are just a flight of steps rather than those big wide ones, and have a bigger paved area at the lowest level. That you probably could do yourself

    Last edited: 28 November 2016 22:27:29

    See original post

     Thank you so much for all your help! 

    I like your idea of smaller steps and a bigger patio area :) 

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,726

    Big steps are safer. I would leave your steps as they are. And just extend the existing paving at ground level. 

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