While we’re desperately trying to book an outdoor table at a pub, any pub, Tom Sherratt is ahead of the curve.
Rather than faffing about with booking systems, the dad-of-one decided to spend his lockdown making his very own home bar, complete with a tiki theme.
After starting the project in October, the tiki bar is now complete – and cost just £800 to create.
Tom, 31, kept costs down by trawling through Facebook Marketplace for materials – sourcing half of them for free – and doing all the work himself.
An electrician by trade, he taught himself the DIY skills needed from YouTube and online forums, then spent his evenings and weekends working on the task.
The end result is pretty impressive.
The bar has a palm thatched roof, wooden decor, working bar taps, and some bright signs.
Savvy Tom also managed to nab beer coolers, pint glasses and tables from closed down pubs in the area and now stocks local lager at his bar.
He’s now waiting for some decent weather and the end of lockdown to invite his friends round.
Tom, from Stoke-on-Trent, said: ‘I’m really happy with it.
‘Like most people I needed to have a little project to keep myself going during lockdown.
‘I got the idea last year when I kept seeing lots of traditional style garden pubs being made by bored at home blokes.
‘I wanted to do something a bit different and not like anywhere else.
‘I was speaking it over with my partner at the time and we were talking about our holiday being cancelled.
‘That’s when I thought I’d bring the holiday closer to home and in time for this summer.
‘I started off on Marketplace and found lots of bits and bobs from people who decided to do up their homes and had materials left over.
‘A lot of the time they just wanted the stuff shifting and didn’t want to take it to the tip.
‘The wooden pallets were free, it was just the cost of the petrol.’
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