How couple saved £10k by building their own gym during lockdown

A couple who love keeping fit built their own gym made of timber during lockdown and saved £10,000.

Jodie Foulger, a mum of one who works in medical research, saved £10k on the price of a home gym, building her own for just £900 together with partner Andy, 32.

Gyms remain closed at the moment despite Boris Johnson announcing the easing of restrictions with pubs, hairdressers, hotels and restaurants set to reopen next Saturday (July 4).

So Jodie and Andy decided to build their own a state-of-the-art gym in their back garden with some budget DIY, the Manchester Evening News reports

Jodie, 34, from London, who shares her interior creations on Instagram, said the pair decided to build the gym because Andy is a ‘huge gym fanatic.’

She said: “When lockdown hit and the gyms were closed he was not pleased. So I said ‘let’s build one!”

She told money-saving community, that the gym was also for their ‘pre-wedding build up’ as the pair were set to get married in Greece on July 2, before having to postpone the big day due to coronavirus.

She said: “We initially looked online at pre-built ones and they were ridiculous prices ranging from £5k up to £10k for the same sort of height and size.

“We designed the gym around the height of the gym equipment that Andy had purchased.

“There wasn’t really a huge drawn out plan. We discussed it and came up with a shape and style. We measured as we worked.

“It took us approximately two to three weeks in total to complete as my partner works shifts. So we’d fit it in around both our jobs, me working from home and home-schooling our six-year-old daughter.

How couple saved £10k by building their own gym during lockdown

“It cost us approximately £900 to build. I looked online and similar sized summer houses and outbuildings range from £5k up to £12k!”

“Team work was certainly important – thank goodness he’s strong!” Jodie added.

The interior design-lover said they purchased all of the wood and screws from their local wood yard called Maplin. And the UPVC windows and doors were just £80 from their local scrap yard.

They were originally brown and white before being covered with Rustoleum universal slate grey paint.

The external paint used was Cuprinol Dusky Gem and was from B&Q, while the gym mats were £10 a pack from B&Q. The huge mirrors cost £100 from Ikea.

Jodie continued: “I then added all of the finishing touches outside too.

“The 4×2 wood cost around £300, the shiplap wood cost about £350 and the paint cost £60.

How couple saved £10k by building their own gym during lockdown

“The roof felt was £60 and the facias were free from a roofer friend.

“We already had the gym equipment – it was just in the garden with a rubbish tarpaulin over it. It certainly needed a home!”

Jodie and Andy said they found the project was a great distraction from the stresses of lockdown and worry over their wedding being postponed.

Jodie added: “Our daughter Ariana also helped me paint – she’s actually really good! Teach them young, I say – I’m certain it counted towards her home schooling.

“After receiving extortionate quotes, we thought ‘why not do it ourselves – what have we got to lose!?’

“To be able to do it for only £900 was crazy. The end result was beautiful and it was a great learning curve for us both!”