A savvy mum has shared how she transformed her garden and built a stunning outdoor kitchen – for just £60.
Belle Rogers, 41, recycled old materials left over from renovating her detached five-bed barn conversation home to create the incredible outdoor space on a shoestring budget.
She used extra tiles from her bathroom to make the countertops and old pallets were turned into cupboards.
Leftover patio slabs were used for flooring, and she scoured Facebook Marketplace for kitchen accessories for the finishing touch.
The only thing it forked where the cast iron handles and hanging rails – sets it back about £60.
Creative Belle is already thinking about its next project and plans to transform an old greenhouse into an outdoor bar on its Georgian farmhouse in Newark.
Belle, a creative partner in a design firm, said, “I love giving things new life.
“I don’t throw anything away – our garage is full of leftover materials from previous projects.
“I designed everything for the house, inside and out, I love getting started on a project.
“I’m really happy with how the kitchen turned out.”
Belle and her husband David Rogers, 50, bought the five-bed Georgian farmhouse cottage with a barn talk in 2014 and worked on renovating it when they moved in in January 2015.
After working hard on the interiors, Belle felt the garden had been neglected.
The back garden has been transformed into a vegetable garden where the family grows its own produce.
For the side garden, Belle drew plans and got to work revamping the outdoor space.
Belle said, “We didn’t have a lot of entertainment space before.
“I designed a comfortable seating area and we had a plunge pool installed for swimming.
“I loved the idea of an outdoor kitchen, but my husband wasn’t sure.
“But I knew we could do it while saving money.”
Belle strongly believes in recycling and creating items on a budget.
She keeps all the leftover materials from previous renovations in case they are needed.
The frame for the outdoor kitchen was made from additional wood scraps from a pergola she had built in the garden.
The worktops are in bathroom tiles and old pallets have been reused and painted for the cupboards.
She also scoured Facebook Marketplace for bargains, finding furniture and accessories to recycle.
“I source my own materials, which saves money for building projects,” she said.
“I’m not a builder, but I do as much DIY as possible.
“I had a vision for the garden, and I went for it.”
Belle continues to renovate the house and comes up with new ideas every day.
She plans to turn an old greenhouse into an outdoor bar – removing the glass and using pallets to create a drop-down counter.
She documents the renovation of her house on Instagram under the handle @designermumetc where she has amassed 107,000 followers.
Belle said: “After fitting out the bathroom, I put an old bathtub in there.
“I could throw it away, but I’m thinking of filling it with flowers to make a unique planter.
“I would really encourage people to try to recycle and reuse what they might throw away.
“You never know what you might do with it.”
Breakdown of kitchen costs:
- Wooden kitchen frame/structure (of pergola integrated in the garden) – free
- Pallets turned into cabinets – free
- Patio tile flooring (from previous garden project) – free
- Tile for worktops (from bathroom renovation) – free
- Cast iron handles and hanging rails – £60