If you’ve been missing the pub terribly during the lockdown, you might have wished for a bar area in your home.
One couple took that wish a step further and built their very own pub in their garden for just £500.
Sadie Jones, an estate agent, and Nick Threadgold, an interior designer, both 45, transformed their old shed into a stunning pub they could enjoy safely at home.
The couple, who live in Wilmslow, Cheshire and have three kids, worked tirelessly for three days, spending £500 and keeping costs down by sourcing materials from Facebook Marketplace and friends.
Sadie told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “I came up with the idea of converting the shed to a pub as a way of getting to go somewhere with all this lockdown.
“But when we thought about it more it just made sense to have somewhere with an inside as well as outside with the glorious British weather.
“My partner Nick is an interior designer for Maranatha Kitchen & Bathrooms Ltd so he set to drawing up an initial plan to give us the layout and we set to work from there.
“Virtually everything was delivered: the scaffold boards for the bar, 3”x2” timber for the frame and OSB board for the hatch.
“We had some carpet from a bedroom, and Nick got some mirror board from his work.
“The brick wallpaper and the tongue and groove was from B&Q.
“We had a Beerhawk Keg dispenser which we moved into it. I picked up some old pumps and beer mats off a friend for display only.
“A lot of the interior décor was from Amazon, like the pictures and LED lights.
“We have some friends who own The Edge Gin so they gave us some bottles to start off the bar, along with Brisa Marina for some coloured and flavoured vodkas.
“In all, it cost around £500 including the £80 fridge and £50 freezer we picked up on Facebook Marketplace.
“It took around three days to complete but like all good projects, it’s still being added to!”
Sadie and Nick feel that their lockdown project has been a huge success, and that the activity of building it and relaxing in their new pub has been a great distraction during a stressful time.
“It’s been great to get stimulated again during the lockdown with something to focus on,” Sadie adds.
“It took some planning with ordering things for delivery but once we had it all, we started the work.
“The only thing we really needed to sort was another shed for the garden stuff, and that’s taken about four weeks to come, but that’s the least of the problems.
“Since we built it, it’s had quite an effect on us. The feeling of leaving your house if only to go to the bottom of the garden is quite a relaxing feeling.
“It sounds daft but the idea of being somewhere just for a few hours away from the house, which we have been in for the last 12 weeks, has a calming effect.
“It’s definitely been helpful mentally and physically to do something over these last 12 weeks and we would recommend it to anyone to give it a go.
“The hardest part was finding a name! We eventually decided on the Stagger Inn.
“We can’t wait to get some friends round to enjoy it now.”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “As a nation, we’ve been sorely missing the pub, and I can’t think of a better solution than building your very own in your garden!
“Nick and Sadie’s pub is stylish, cool and welcoming, and will no doubt be a fabulous investment in their home, costing just £500 but surely adding several times that in terms of value to their property!”