You might have an outdoor space, but do you have somewhere for the kids to play? Maybe your yard isn’t delivering its potential. Faced with that challenge, this squeezy garden space was transformed into a brilliant play zone for two young boys, complete with a large game board, a ‘musical screen’, and even a section of all-important grass for running around. this theme could work equally well in a small or large backyard and, as the team used plenty of recycled and salvaged materials, the budget was kept well in order.
Gather your supplies
• River sand
• 40 x 40cm outdoor pavers (9)
• Washed gravel
• 100mm-dia. treated pine post offcut
• Paving paint (we used Berger Jet Dry in Charcoal Dust)
You'll also need
Wheelbarrow; pointed trowel; rubber mallet, paintbrush; circular saw; outdoor paint in White and Black; shovel; rake
Mark off an area at least 2m2 (here, a quarter- circle shape), remove turf and level. Starting in 1 corner, lay out a grid of tiles, leaving gaps of 10cm between each.
Mix up mortar in wheelbarrow using river sand and cement at a ratio of 4:1, with enough water to create a toothpaste-like consistency. Lift tiles, spread layer of mortar beneath, then replace tile and tap down using rubber mallet.
After mortar has set, paint tiles using paving paint. Allow to dry completely.
Fill spaces between tiles with gravel, then spread gravel over remainder of excavated area. Rake level.
Using circular saw, cut post offcut into ten 5cm-thick pieces. Cover with white paint, leave to dry, then use black paint to mark half with crosses and remaining with noughts.
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