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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Giveaway: Win a $500 Masters voucher!

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*** The winner has been chosen - congratulations R Skinner! Please contact me to receive your prize ***

The weather is warming up here in Sydney and I have been spending lots of time outdoors lately, browsing nurseries for flowers to plant in the garden and lounging on the hanging chair. The backyard is a mess though and this why I don’t often write about it. Each spring I have grand plans to build an outdoor space that we can enjoy and entertain friends in but each year I never get around to it and before I can blink it is winter again and I am back indoors.

Masters have recently launched an online website and have opened a few stores in Sydney. Have you visited yet? They have kindly provided me with a budget of $1000 to transform an area of my home and I chose to finally tackle the outdoors.

You also have the opportunity to win a $500 Masters voucher! To enter, leave a comment here stating which product(s) you would choose from the Masters website to refresh your home. Good luck! (please read on for further details)

The project isn’t a small one. My partner and I will be building a pergola and paved area using products from Masters. We’ll also be building a large raised planter box to fill with plants and a purchasing a few decorative items. Here is a rough sketch of the plans:

2. Pavers
3. Similar pergola style, painted in white

1. Hanging pots that we already own
2. Lattices, painted white
4. Similar picket fence, although pickets will not have gaps in between them

We purchased all of the items we needed both in store and online and I was so pleased with the customer service. We visited the store to get some ideas and to choose the paving.
We explained our plans for the outdoor area to a salesperson and he mocked up a sketch for us for the pergola, calculated how many pieces of timber we needed and helped us load the goods onto the ute we hired from Masters to take the products back home. We happened to be there when there was a special promotion taking place so we grabbed ourselves a few bargains.

Masters also offer a delivery service but given we were already in store we decided to take the goods home ourselves.

If you follow me on instagram or facebook you will have already seen a little peek into the progress of the outdoor space.
David removed the rockery edge as it is uneven and was poorly put together. This will make way for the new larger planter box I have planned.
My parents popped over to give us a hand and my mum helped me with transplanting the existing plants to another area of the garden.
The larger plants were cleared from the area and it is now ready for the new plants. We’ve purchased lemon trees to create an orchard behind the pergola.
The grass was removed from the area that will be paved and reused in another part of the garden. The toughest part of the job so far has been digging the deep holes for the pergola posts. The soil is clay and there are large rocks buried beneath the ground. So far we have two of the posts in place.
And there is still so much more to do and I can’t wait to show you the finished result.

In the meantime, feel free to enter the competition to win a $500 voucher from Masters. These are the details. Simply leave a comment below stating which product(s) you would choose from Masters to refresh your home – good luck!

*** Entries closed. Winner will be announced in the next few days! ***







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