Backyard ideas on a budget: Jimmy and Tam’s DIY tips and tricks 

  • 5 minutes
  • 30 August 2023

Transforming your backyard doesn’t have to break the bank. Just ask Jimmy and Tam (Winners of The Block 2020), who chose DIY installation with ModularWalls for an efficient, budget-friendly solution for their backyard renovation. So, if you want to enhance your outdoor space without breaking the bank, check out Jimmy and Tam’s tried and tested tips and tricks for backyard ideas on a budget.

Considered design, inspiring results

Following their time on The Block, Jimmy and Tam knew that the key to success was to spend time gathering inspiration for the renovation project. Tam created a comprehensive mood board to inform their design choices. By investing time and thought into the planning stage at the beginning of the process, they could create a cohesive colour palette and firm design style – mid-century modern, otherwise known as Palm Springs style. They then set to work with a clear vision and list of inclusions for their backyard makeover.

Jimmy and Tam's Palm Springs Paradise renovation was a resounding success

Pushing boundaries

Jimmy and Tam can’t stress the importance of accurately marking your boundary.

“The number one thing you need to do is to get your land pegged corner to corner to make sure you are putting your fence in the right spot.”

Ensure your boundary fence is in the correct position. The last thing you want is to move your fence or wall after installation to release land you do not own. This should be the foundational step to set the stage for your backyard transformation. Rules and regulations can differ at a state or local level. So, if you need help determining where your boundary line is, enlist the help of a surveyor.

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Navigating Council regulations

As mentioned, before commencing the project, consult your local Council to ensure you comply with fencing regulations. Avoid setbacks by understanding the requirements from the get-go. Always check any fence or wall height restrictions with your local Council. One thing to note is that a ModularWalls system will comprise of a post and panel fence and wall solution. Therefore, it may not fall under the same restrictions as a brick fence. However, it’s always best to check with your local Council.

A birds-eye view of Jimmy and Tam's Palm Springs backyard

Certification Counts

Ensure compliance by engaging a Certifier – particularly regarding any pool fencing, as adherence to laws and regulations is crucial.

 Ensuring adherence to local rules and regulations is crucial, particularly when it comes to pool fencing

Choose wisely

The products you select for your backyard can make or break the end result. Having used ModularWalls on The Block, Jimmy and Tam knew the modular nature of TrendWall® allows for quick and easy DIY installation.

“Being able to get the high-end finish without going through the rigmarole of strip footings, block walls, and core filling is great. It’s such an easy DIY modular wall!” shares Jimmy.

If you need clarification on which ModularWalls fence or wall style will suit your home or your needs best, our team is always happy to help discuss your project and help you achieve the aesthetic you’re after.

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Don’t be afraid to ask for help

When considering backyard ideas on a budget, don’t hesitate to ask for help during your renovation. Friends, neighbours and professionals are just a phone call away. From performing trade-specific tasks to assembling your fence or wall, teamwork makes the dream work!

A professional must do certain aspects of a renovation, including plumbing and electrical work. When it comes to installing your ModularWalls fence or wall, Jimmy suggests tackling the posts yourself before enlisting help to slot in the panels, ensuring a hassle-free installation.

“I was able to chip away at the posts because that’s the part that takes the longest. Then, once the posts are right, you can call in the neighbours, slot in the panels and fence done.”


Easy installation, endless satisfaction

One of the most enticing aspects of DIY installation with ModularWalls is the resulting sense of accomplishment.

It’s quite easy to do it yourself. When people see the process, they get excited to have a go themselves.”


Customisation – creativity unleashed

Jimmy and Tam relished the versatile nature of TrendWall®. As with any ModularWalls system, you can paint your fence or walls in your preferred colour. Doing so allows you to seamlessly integrate with your overall design or choose contrasting tones as a design feature.

“That’s another reason why we chose TrendWall®”, Tam shares. ‘You can paint the walls whatever colour you want to.”

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Number 1 Tip

Last but not least, Jimmy and Tam’s number one tip is to embrace DIY and have a go.

“Our number one tip is to try and do it yourself because you’ll save a lot of money.”

Overall, there are many ways to upgrade your backyard on a budget – it’s well within your reach. So, take inspiration from Jimmy and Tam’s DIY installation and get backyard ideas on a budget by checking out more Customer Success Stories.