Money-Saving Hardscaping Ideas

What does your landscape need? You may be able to create what's missing out of what you already have. In these yards an old shed becomes a pub, a boat provides poolside seating and a concrete slab creates a raised water garden.

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    New Life for a Concrete Slab

    This former carport was transformed into a colorful outdoor living room without a trip to the landfill, says designer Stephanie Bartron. The existing concrete slab was sliced into strips, then stacked to form a corner bench and raised koi pond. Planting beds fill the holes in the new hardscape.

  • LaMonte outdoor playhouse

    Repurposed Playhouse

    This utilitarian garden shed came by its whimsical look honestly: It used to be a playhouse. The conversion occurred after the child left for college. Designed by Robin LaMonte

  • Two-Story Outdoor Room

    Rate My Spacer Checkel removed an above-ground pool and converted the surrounding decking to a seating area overlooking the new water feature and fire pit.

  • Fantasy-Themed Container Garden

    A former hospital crib now holds a miniature fairy garden in RMSer Faeryhollow's yard.

  • A Well-Lit Sitting Room

    An old greenhouse is now a beautiful outdoor retreat, thanks to a considerable amount of sweat equity spent replacing rotted wood, putting in a recycled-wood floor and cleaning the extensive amount of glass. \"Each pane was cleaned three times — 350 panes,\" says RMSer yvettemaui.

  • A New Kind of Dry Dock

    An old outboard has taken on new life in this yard. The homeowner needed additional seating around the pool, so he partially sank the boat behind a waterfall. Posted by RMSer kylies grandpa. Next image: Close-up view of the inside of the boat.

  • All Aboard

    Custom seating and colorful cushions give adults and kids alike a fun place to catch a few rays between dips in the pool.

  • Backyard Watering Spot

    An old shed is now a comfy and inviting outdoor bar in RMSer Laux Rider's yard.

  • Gardener's Delight

    An old barn contributed the boards and roofing material for this potting shed; the windows were recovered from curbside trash. Posted by RMSer prairiegardener.

  • New Life for Old Patio Parts

    RMSer ppkdrn_4857335 rescued the bench from curbside trash, replaced missing slats and refinished it, then placed it and the companion seats on bricks that were recovered from an old patio.

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