1. News
  2. Interviews
  3. Dad of three makes incredible playhouse for his kids and it cost just £150

Dad of three makes incredible playhouse for his kids and it cost just £150

22 April 2020, 0:00 pm
  • Wayne Mulholland, 38, built an epic playhouse for just £150
  • Wayne used leftover materials from sites he worked on
  • He also bought extras such as timber, hinges and screws

When it comes to playing in the garden, most kids would count themselves lucky if they had a trampoline or a football net.

However, three kids got the playhouse of their dreams when their dad decided to use the coronavirus lockdown to build them the epic construction.

Wayne Mulholland, 38, a concrete repairer and diamond driller from Coventry, used materials left over from building sites he’d been working on to create the amazing playhouse.

The project took Wayne about three weeks, working Monday to Friday in the evenings and Saturday and Sunday all day.

Wayne told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I came up with the idea as my eight-year-old son loves being out in the garden, so as we are all on lockdown I thought to myself 'I will build my boy a playhouse’.

“On my builds I’ve never drew anything up - this is built off the top of my head and all my work is all self taught.

“Most of the materials used on this playhouse are recycled off sites I’ve been working on.

"I just started making the base and framework for the playhouse and started putting plywood around around it, marking it up and routered our grooves to give it a shiplap effect.

“I fitted the roof to the garage and playhouse, started making the windows and door, and the garage door.

“I got everything painted to the colours I thought would go together, fitted the plastic windows, and made the picket fence and little garden seat.

“The materials for the playhouse was recycled wood I collected off construction sites I’ve previously worked on.

“The cost of the build was about £150 for things like the trims around the windows, doors and garage door, the roof, felt, screws, plastic some CLS timber, hinges and a few other little bits I needed.”

Wayne - and his kids - are absolutely delighted with how the playhouse has turned out, and it’s made the perfect hangout spot during the lockdown.

“Now it’s finished, I’m really happy with it as it turned out a lot better than what I had in my head,” Wayne adds. "I would say to people if this is something you are going to have a go at yourself, take your time plan it out and I wish them good luck.

"I always like to give people advice and help them in anyway I can - this is a great project to do during lockdown as there are jobs on a build like this for all the family to have a go at, whether it’s collecting and passing wood to doing some painting and cleaning and hoovering.

“If anyone would like to have a go at a build like this, draw your design up, take measurements of materials you need - even down to the paint and trims - but please try not to waste materials!

“What I tend to do if I have materials left over is make small garden furniture like the little bench at the front of the playhouse and the little fence.”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Wow! What an incredible playhouse - it’s amazing that Wayne managed to build this house for just £150. While most of us definitely don’t possess Wayne’s legendary DIY skills, lockdown is a great time to get stuck into that home improvement project you’ve been putting off.

“Order supplies online from the likes of ebay and Amazon, and don’t forget to look around your home for bits and bobs you can make the most of and repurpose, like bits of carpet, wallpaper samples or old units."

What to read next?

What do you think of this?
AngelaBrightover a year ago

Amazing!! Looks lovely that, lucky lad Image

We use cookies (e.g. personalisation, analytics, social media). Find out more.