A couple have transformed a shed into a traditional pub in just four weeks.
Russell Adey, 52, and wife Kate, 44, were regulars at their local hostelry and visited with friends several times a week.
But after nearly a year of lockdowns, they were missing their regular drinking hole and wanted a project to focus on to distract from mental health struggles.
They decided to create a traditional pub in their garden which they have dubbed the Adey Arms.
Russell pulled up part of the lawn at the bottom of their garden and laid slabs ready for a structure to be erected.
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They then purchased a £2,500 summer house, which they liken to a “big shed”, and it was delivered and put up in mid-March this year.
The couple from Stourbridge, West Midlands, then painted the exterior and flooring, before insulating and plaster-boarding the walls.
A local electrician install the electrics before the couple started the decorating process, hanging wallpaper and sourcing second-hand furniture.
The bar, table, benches and log burner were made by a local carpenter, and the couple found the fridges, beer pumps and soft furnishings on eBay and Facebook Marketplace.
No pub would be complete without its own merchandise, so they also ordered a sign for the door and personalised beer mats – all emblazoned with ‘The Adey Arms’.
For extra fun, they added a projector and big screen for movie nights and football matches.
The family-friendly garden pub has a table area for their children, Archie, 11, and nine-year-old Tilly.
In total the couple spent £5,000 and the pub was finished in mid-April, taking just four weeks to complete.
“We soon started missing the pub when lockdown started, and with home-schooling the kids my wife was desperate for one,” Russell, who works as a sales manager, said.
“Me and Kate were really suffering with our mental health during lockdown and decided we needed a project of some sort to focus our energies on, that would be fun to do and could be a lasting reminder of how important our friends and family are to us.
“The fact we weren’t able to see them all had really hit home to us, so we decided to build our own pub.”
Once the idea was in place, Kate started a mood board and they got to work designing the whole thing.
Russell said: “We were adamant that we wanted to buy local and source everything from local businesses, or recycle by buying second-hand things – which would keep the cost down as well.
“Businesses had suffered so much with the pandemic so we wanted to give something back and try and do our bit for the local community.”
Once completed, the pub was spacious enough to have three separate seating areas – tall stools, a corner table to seat six and a miniature table and stools for the kids.
The family opted for classic pub decor, with exposed brick wallpaper, wooden finishes and even traditional features including stuffed animal heads.
In a fun twist, they also framed a picture of the Queen covered in tattoos.
After finishing installing and decorating the pub, the family were inseparable from their new watering hole.
Russell said: “The bar was finished in mid-April and we have been in it ever since.
“We have a coffee machine and soft drinks so we’re not always drinking alcohol.
“Now we have the pub I can’t see us going back to our old haunt.
“The drinks are cheaper and we now have everything we need at the bottom of the garden, so there’s no need to go anywhere else.
“We also don’t need a designated driver anymore as we can just stumble up to the house.
“Our family absolutely love it in there – it saved us during lockdown at a time where there didn’t seem to be anything to look forward to.
“We are so proud of it and what it represents.”
The couple are hoping to share their new space with loved ones as soon as possible.
Russell said: “We can’t wait to invite people round to enjoy it with us as soon as restrictions are lifted.
“We are dying to create new, happy memories with loved ones as that is what it was built for.
“We want to share it with all our friends and family, to have something good come out of the worst of times.
“We’re really hoping for the restrictions to be lifted in time for the Euro’s football tournament so that we can invite friends round to watch it with us in the pub.”