Matthew's latest makeover gave this unloved and dowdy 1967 rental the impressive street appeal it deserves. On a strict budget, Matt used Howard Arkley as inspiration and took the garden back to its bare bones to allow the house to stand proud.

The house was painted inside and out, saying goodbye to the sad mission brown outside and the dirty cream tones within. A monument grey was chosen to work with the dark roof tiles giving the bricks an opportunity to pop for the first time. A Matthew Shaw sculpture was added to improve the entrance.

The ramshackle, overgrown plantings were stripped back (7 tandem trailor loads to the tip!) allowing space for the creation of a low-maintenance gravel native garden, highlighted with areas of paving and pebbles.

The cleaners scrubbed away years of rental grime, leaving the windows to sparkle and offering a light-filled vista of the new garden.

The total space was weed-matted as easy upkeep for the new tenants.

The difference is quite spectacular. (Note ex-brown gutters).

The rear garden is now spacious and inviting giving a sense of freedom and freshness.

An early shot of how the old girl looked 10 years back! Like a fine wine, she is looking better with age.