Dad converts back garden into ‘Love Island’ hideway using YouTube – and saves thousands


A new dad transformed his family’s back garden into a replica of the lavish design seen in ITV’s Love Island villa.

Shaun Davies, from Oldham, overhauled the unkept space and installed a fire pit to go with a modern seating area and colourful LED lighting.

He taught himself how to lay flags, lay bricks and blocks, how to render and more with the help of YouTube.

Speaking to the M.E.N, Shaun said: “We always wanted to landscape our garden since we moved in, so we saved up £5,000, thinking this would be enough.

“We then got a few quotes which came in around the £9,000 mark – and this was for just some flagging and some levelling of the garden.  Obviously this was more than we could afford so instead I went on YouTube and started to learn how to do it myself.”

The 28-year-old also discovered a Facebook group called ‘Modern Landscaping 2020’. Tony Walters, who runs the group, helped him with a few questions he couldn’t find answers to online.

Shaun with baby Nova mid-way through building the stylish seating area

Shaun, who is a plumber by trade, taught himself how to run drainage, how to render, how to prep and lay Astro turf, how to run LED strips and all about electrics.

Shaun taught himself how to landscape the family garden

Inspired by the Love Island villa, a show Shaun admits is a guilty pleasure, he added: “We wanted it to be very light, bright, colourful, but also low maintenance.

“The garden is now a perfect chill out spot for me, my wife Emma and our nine-month-old baby Nova, so all the work was worth it.”

The only professional help Shaun had was an electrician to do the mains connection, and the project took two and a half months to complete.

“We wanted it to be very light, bright, colourful, but also low maintenance”

The flagging and stone was from Sandstone supplies in Warrington, and the AstroTurf was from Tuda Grass in Oldham.

The brick, block and sand were from Joseph Parr, also in Oldham, with everything else bought from Ali Express or eBay, including the electrics and fittings.





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