The outdoor kitchen cost just £150 (NZ$290) in recycled materials.
It’s almost as if UK couple Kerry and Richard Lewis knew a global pandemic was on its way.
Kerry shared the latest addition to their backyard oasis in North Lincolnshire to Facebook group Extreme Budget DIY & Life Hacks,
The mother of one said the outdoor kitchen cost them just £150 (NZ$290) – excluding the pizza oven and BBQ they already had – in recycled materials.
Her husband Richard did all the handiwork during their quarantine, which began on March 23.
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The wooden installation includes its own roof to shelter its units, two cupboards, generous shelving and bench space on either side of the central barbecue.
Richard built out all the framework, which Kerry wood preserved and painted in rustic style. She added the finishing touches – some simple flower planters, decorative signage, and some twinkle fairy lights – to complete the cosy al fresco dining area to the left of the pizza oven.
“Richard loves keeping busy and doing jobs around the house. He’s an engineer by trade so the welding came second nature to him,” she said.
The outdoor kitchen took two weeks to complete and has already been well-used.
“It’s been on my wishlist for a while, and we’ve been getting the garden looking nice whilst isolation,” said Kerry.
Posting a picture of the end result, she wrote: “My husband’s little lockdown project for our garden…made from recycled steel and reclaimed wood.
“All wood treated with wood preserver and roof shingles added… total cost excluding BBQ and pizza oven … around £150 pleased with the result”.
Commenters were quick to praise the DIY and Kerry’s choice of life partner.
“Please don’t show things like this unless you are prepared to rent him out,” one woman commented.
“Absolutely amazing, I just love it. Well done to your husband, my husband made me a greenhouse its always great to have a handy man,” another said.
While another asked, “–Where do you people get these men from? It’s just fabulous”.
Kerry and Richard’s “lockdown project” was in fact the last thing to check off a two-year garden renovation to-do list, so now the couple can sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labour.
“We have pretty much exhausted all building projects in the garden as we have completed a summer house and a garden bar too,” Kerry said.
The detached garden bar and lounge-shed are both made in the same rustic farmhouse style, complete with all the trimmings you’d expect from a nice pub.
When the UK eases off lockdown restrictions, the couple will be able to invite guests over for a full dining and bar experience, all within an arm’s reach of their main house.