Mum transforms garden into Love Island-inspired sun trap with hot tub and pergola

A DIY-savvy mum in Lancashire has transformed her back garden into a Love Island-esque space after she had to cancel her holiday plans yet again.

Nikki Hesford, from Lytham, decided to give her courtyard area a makeover after lockdown restrictions left her worried to go out and she needed a space to enjoy the sunshine.

The mum, who once appeared on Dragon’s Den, did all the work herself – saving hundreds of pounds on the renovation.

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The makeover included paint and accessories for under £100, a hot tub, and a pergola feature.

She and her family completed the renovation by hand, where they can now enjoy date nights and make use of the refurbished pizza oven.

Nikki Hesford's garden before she gave it a makeover
Nikki Hesford’s garden before she gave it a makeover

She said: “We did the garden up by treating and painting the decking and wall, building the pergola, and buying a new hot tub. I’ve also sprayed my rattan furniture grey which was brown before. I refurbished my pizza oven back to brand new.”

With Nikki worried about gyms closing again and being unable to workout during the winter, she included a barbell and hot tub, in true Love Island style.

Nikki went on Dragon’s Den in 2010 with her clothing and lingerie brand. She asked the dragons for £50,000 in exchange for 20% of her business and went on to secure £250,000 of investment.

She now runs a marketing agency called Hesford Media.

Nikki told garden suppliers at Gazeboshop: “My motivation was wanting an outdoor space for entertaining as I’m not keen on “going out” with the restrictions and my holidays have all been cancelled this year. I also wanted a year-round space for my gym area just in case the gyms end up closed again this winter!”

“The total cost for paint etc was under £100, the hot tub was £400 and the pergola £450”

Nikki spent under £100 on paint and accessories for the project
Nikki spent under £100 on paint and accessories for the project

Sam Richards at Gazeboshop said: “When revamping your garden, look out for old items and furniture you can recycle to keep costs down. If your garden has an old shed or furniture which has seen better days, try giving it a lick of paint to give your garden an instant pop of colour. When you are potting your plants and planning your design, look out for any materials you can use to give the garden a real edge

“For that villa look, adding lighting to your space can help create a comfortable atmosphere and extend the time you can spend outdoors as it gets darker. If you are planning to host friends and family in your garden this summer, solar lights or fairy lights are a low-cost way to illuminate trees and can be removed easily if you want to redesign your garden later down the line.”

The garden has a pizza oven which is perfect for cosy nights in
The garden has a pizza oven which is perfect for cosy nights in

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