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Dad builds impressive Tiki bar in his garden for just £800

·4-min read

Story and video from SWNS

A dad created this impressive home Tiki bar in his garden for just £800 - using YouTube videos and stuff he salvaged for free.

Tom Sherratt, 31, transformed his unused garden into an exotic holiday bar - complete with a palm thatched roof, all wooden décor and its own working bar taps.

The thrifty dad-of-one decided to start the project after his summer holiday was cancelled due to lockdown and wanted to "bring fun in the sun to home".

He began work last October and trawled through Facebook Marketplace for materials - sourcing half of them for free.

Tom used wooden panels across the edge of the bar to give the illusion of bamboo panelling and even created his 'Tiki Bar' wooden sign in tropical font.

Tom Sherratt took a unique take on the lockdown garden pub and built his own tiki bar for just £800. (Tom Sherratt / SWNS.COM)
Tom Sherratt took a unique take on the lockdown garden pub and built his own tiki bar for just £800. (Tom Sherratt / SWNS.COM)

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.

An electrician by trade, Tom taught himself the skills to build from YouTube and online forums and spent his evenings and weekends on the six month project.

The bar also has four signs outside the entrance, listing other garden pubs from around the world with their distances beside, in a nod to other DIY lockdown enthusiasts.

Tom says he is waiting for the good weather to return and for lockdown to end before inviting his friends over.

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.

The thrifty electrician trawled through Facebook Marketplace for materials and sourced half of them for free. (Tom Sherratt / SWNS.COM)
The thrifty electrician trawled through Facebook Marketplace for materials and sourced half of them for free. (Tom Sherratt / SWNS.COM)

"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.

"I've tried to do all I can to make it authentic.

"I've even got telegram polls outside with a list of other pubs.

"I put a post on Instagram asking if any home bars wanted to be mentioned and I had a lot of comments. I initially was going to do just the three but now I have four polls.

"They're from up and down the country and I have ones on there from Denmark and Russia too.

After putting the finishing touches to his tiki bar last month, Tom says he is waiting for the good weather to return and for lockdown to end before inviting his friends over. (Tom Sherratt / SWNS.COM)
After putting the finishing touches to his tiki bar last month, Tom says he is waiting for the good weather to return and for lockdown to end before inviting his friends over. (Tom Sherratt / SWNS.COM)

"It was quite fun working out which way I had to point them too. It's just a nice touch.

"I'm not a builder by trade.

"I'd like to just give hope to people who are thinking about doing it but don't think they're equipped.

"I managed to pull it off! It's doable.

"And it didn't cost an arm and a leg either.

"I just can't wait to get my friends and family round and enjoy all the hard work I put in.

"Roll on summer I say!"

FULL LIST OF ITEMS USED TO MAKE TIKI BAR

Corrugated roof from farm - £30
Wooden pallets x27 - Free
Bar optics from bar closure - £90
Double fridge from restaurant closure - Free
Cedar bar top offcuts les Oakes reclaimed - £10
Wood for roof structure - £68
Wooden scaffold boards floor reclaimed - £230
Wooden cladding on sides from Facebook Marketplace - £50
Bricks for fire from Facebook Marketplace - Free
Log burner from Facebook Marketplace - Free
Table small x3 from Facebook Marketplace - £35
Large table from pub closure - £60
Stools from Facebook Marketplace - £30
Beer glasses from pub closure - £20
Beer cooler from bar closure - Free
Wood for sign and shutter offcuts - Free
Screws from B&Q - £49
Wood for floor structure old pallet wood - Free
Plastic thatch roof from Amazon - £45
3x3 upright posts Facebook Marketplace - £40
Hinges from Amazon - £9
Signs from bar closure - £10
Led lights - £26
Fishing nets from Facebook Marketplace - Free
Tiki masks from Facebook Marketplace - Free
Living wall old pallets Free

Total £802