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Garden structures being those things which we can plan, think about and with the application of time, skill and effort end up with a result that enables us to brag to friends and family, or at least stand back and think "I did that".

  Cost Time required Skill needed   +++++  max 5 Grunting needed +++++  max 5
Pergola arch / trellis screen £150-£250 assuming 4-5 uprights, with inclusive trellis panels. 4-5 hours. 3+++ 
Cementing posts in place vertically, care in keeping timbers square.
3+++           
Digging holes approx. 30cm square by 60 cm deep. Timbers heavy to carry.
Deck £300 - £1 000 and beyond.

DIY cost for 3m x 3.6m ground level hardwood deck approx. £500

2-3 days plus 4++++
Lining up several posts cemented into ground. Squaring timbers and laying decking boards to give professional finish with fixings and sawn edges.
4++++
8-9 holes +, 30cm square by 30-60cm deep. Timbers heavy to carry, maneuver and cut, even with power tools.
 
Patio £350-£1 000 and beyond

DIY cost for 3m x 3m patio in mid-range quality slab approx. £500
patio slabs

2-3 days plus 5+++++
Leveling large area within good  tolerance.  All slabs laid square and level with correct drainage slope. Edges smooth and slabs stable.
5+++++
Much heavy digging out and leveling of area. Moving of tonnes of soil, sand, hardcore and slabs. Larger slabs in particular difficult to handle
  Cost Time Skill +++++  max 5 Grunting+++++  max 5
Stepping stones in lawn £2 - £10 each 15 - 30 mins each 2++
Leveling slab flush with grass on base of sand / mortar
3+++
Depends on number. dig out 7-10cm soil depth for each slab
Raised beds £150-£200 for 16ft x 8ft bed using railway sleepers 1 day 1+ 4++++
Railway sleepers are very heavy. Also tonnes of soil to be moved
Water feature (basic self-contained feature) £50 upwards (this for cheapest self-contained feature placed close to house) Half a day or less. 1+ 2++
digging out of soil to keep feature at ground level
Planted gravel area £200 for approx. 3m diameter circle including feature boulders. Half to one day 1+
Care important rather than skill
2++
(4++++ if turf removed)
 

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