This is how you win at lockdown.
Some people have turned to breadmaking, some have turned to Netflix. But others have taken on huge interior projects – even going as far as building their very own pubs in their back gardens. Showing off how you can completely transform your garden on a tight budget, Cheshire couple Sadie Jones and Nick Threadgold did just that, using hand-me-downs from friends and taking advantage of Facebook Market place to source everything they needed for the project.
The Wilmslow-based couple turned the project around in an impressive three days, converting a large ready-made shed by building a bar out of scaffold boards and utilising Nick’s interior skills (he’s an interior designer by trade) to bring the pub to life.
Innovatively named ‘The Stagger Inn’, the impressive garden pub features a bar with a hatch, proper beer fridges to keep beverages cool in, actual beer taps, and even both an indoor and outdoor seating area. Bar stools outside of the pub are pulled up to a small ledge alike to those you’d find by the side of a pool in an all-inclusive resort, with modern brick interiors featuring neon signs that wouldn’t look out of place in the trendy Northern Quarter.
Speaking of the project, 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.”
Continuing: “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!”
The build has been a huge success for the Cheshire duo, who have three children together, and will make for the perfect summer BBQ accompaniment as the UK still faces cases of Coronavirus.
Earlier this month, a couple from Bolton also created their garden pub of dreams, commissioning Greater Manchester furniture specialists to finish the project – which was complete with their own pub branding and super cosy interior.