The Budget for Laura's Backyard Renovation

The Budget for Laura's Backyard Renovation

May 21, 2014

Name: Laura Watson
Type of Project: Outdoor renovation
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Type of building: Semi-detached shop front/cottage with 1200 sq. ft. backyard

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After being introduced to Laura's backyard renovation project and seeing her inspiration for the new space, we're taking a look behind the scenes at an aspect of the project you're probably all curious about: the budget.

From Laura:

We had some difficulties dealing with tradies during our kitchen renovation, so we have decided to at least try and do this complete garden overhaul ourselves. Tommaso, my partner, is a bit of a jack of all trades, my dad has built several garages from when he ran his own upholstery business, and we have friends in carpentry, plumbing and electrical. About the only person we don’t know is a landscaper! Still, we’re confident we can manage this project, or at least realise when we’ve gotten ourselves in too far and require professional help!

Editor's note: All budget estimates are in Australian dollars. Right now, an Australian dollar equals about 92 cents, but this can vary.

Budget Specifics:


    Demolition and removal of waste: $1000
    Other labor: hopefully $0
    Sub total: $1000


    Council approval: $200


    Garage: $5000
    Concrete footings/foundation for garage: $1500
    Paving: $1000
    Turf: $500
    Plants: $500
    Retaining wall: $500
    Tools, equipment, etc: $300
    Sub total: $9300

Total Budget:


Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow as Laura's renovation gets underway.

(Images and diary text: Laura Watson)

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