A family-of-six put their DIY skills to the test by building an awesome “Lockdown Lodge”.
Hannah, 35, and her husband Darryl Emberson, 40, crafted the incredible space with their four children aged five, nine, 10 and 13.
The playhouse cost the family just £250 to create thanks to their clever use of upcycling and sourcing spare materials from their community.
Speaking to LatestDeals.co.uk, the stay-at-home mum from Wiltshire, said: “The idea for our treehouse project came about while making a fruit and veg planter as a family project.
“Our nine-year-old son asked whether we could build him a treehouse. We didn’t have enough wood to do this, nor a big enough tree, but he was quite persistent.”
She continued: “George is autistic and once he has an idea, he tends to get his heart really set on it!
“Despite our attempts to appease him, he continued to ask, so we agreed to post in our village Facebook group to see if anyone else had some spare pallets or wood that we could have.
“We live in the village of Winterslow in Wiltshire and have a wonderfully supportive community.
“During the pandemic, everyone has come together to support one another; we have only lived in the village a year, but it truly feels like home.”
The family began with the base and moved onto the back and far side where they made a frame using wood to clad it out.
Next the household extended the frame to make the opposite side and used two old barn style doors for the front.
The roof was made with two more doors secured together with end timbers and then covered in roofing felt.
Hannah told how the family upcycled as much as possible making the barn-style door from all the offcuts.
She continued: “With some adjustments, we used an old section of decking, carefully cutting it in around the tree…
“It’s as close to a treehouse as we could manage! Finally we added the bannister, rope, steps and window boxes.
“My favourite part of all was decorating it! I discovered Frenchic Furniture Paint just before lockdown when I upcycled a desk.
“I used Frenchic’s ‘Alfresco’ range to paint and stencil the inside and out, adding finishing coat for extra protection on the steps, flooring and window boxes.”
The mum said the stencils was from eBay and when Ikea reopened she took her nine-year-old son to choose all the interior decoration.
She explained: “We spent around £250 in total. For extra bits we couldn’t source for free such as fixings, rope, door and window trims, felt for the roof and extra decking boards, we used B&Q’s click and collect system.”
Hannah and her family feel that building Lockdown Lodge provided the perfect distraction from the stresses of the pandemic.
She added: “We hadn’t planned for it to be anything fancy, but the generosity of others and access to wonderful paint made it what it is.”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, commented: “Many of us will resume normal life eventually and have mixed memories about lockdown and all the complications it’s brought to our lives.
“However, the Emberson family will have incredible memories thanks to their amazing Lockdown Lodge!
“I can’t believe the beautiful pastel creation cost them just £250 to create – it really shows that if you’re savvy when sourcing materials, you can keep costs down hugely, not to mention that a family DIY project like this is hugely rewarding!”
- Roofing felt £10
- Decking boards £16
- Rope and fixings £20
- Additional timber £30
- Exterior screws £15
- Frenchic Alfresco range paint £88
- Stencil from eBay £7.99
- Table £6
- Wall rack & Accessories £25
- Picture frames £5.25
- Rug £22
- Baskets £12