A dad made his daughter an amazing playhouse without spending a fortune.
Tom Cole built the wooden structure using items he had lying around, from timber to screws and latches.
The 31-year-old told LatestDeals.co.uk : “The idea came because the corner against the garage at the bottom of the garden wasn’t being used.
“My daughter saw something similar online and asked for a treehouse but we don’t have a tree.”
The former carpenter, from Abergavenny, South Wales, used his woodwork skills instead of calling in a builder.
This, combined with the fact he used cheap materials, allowed him to complete the project for £10.
Tom explained: “I used to be a carpenter but I got fed up of working seven days and missing my daughter grow up.
“I finished last year in a total career change and I now service and repair mobility scooters.
“The feel good factor from that is way better than I had with carpentry. The guys I help now are so appreciative.
“I get to know them and their family and they get to know me and my family. I often take my daughter with me as she is such a joy.
“I had timber and screws left over from previous jobs I worked on which have been sat around the garden for a couple of years.
“I would save timber from the fire and skip and salvage anything I could.”
The dad added: “I have tins and tins of fixtures and fittings.
“The felt for the roof was kicking around in my uncle’s shed which was refelted a few years ago.
“I sourced the pallets from a local chap and he said I could have them for free.
“I have had quite a few off him in the past with various projects I have done in the garden.
“I gave him £10 as a goodwill gesture for him to buy himself a few beers. That’s all I spent.”
So how did the dad pull-off the DIY project?
Tom explained: “The first job was to strip the pallets. That’s the hardest job.
“I haven’t concreted the uprights as I don’t want any problems with the council but that was my first job.
“I connected to the uprights to the existing fence which sits against a private car park.
“I then put the deck down and put the handrail on the upright top half of the steps.
“I used pallets to clad around and decided then to put the roof on as I had a friend give me old timber.
“I built walls and roof next, and put in the bottom steps last as I wanted to make it safer.”
Tom is chuffed with the finished results and says building the treehouse has provided plenty of quality time with his daughter.
He added: “I am so glad I took the time to build it.
“My partner works for the NHS so it gave me and my daughter something to do together to occupy our time.
“I’m so glad it’s done now as I love to sit in the garden and watch her play in it.”