Parents save £11,000 by building amazing home lockdown gym with bits from B&Q and local scrapyard

A COUPLE have built an amazing home gym during lockdown – saving £11,000 by picking up bargains from B&Q and their local scrapyard.

Mum-of-one Jodie Foulger, 34, and partner Andy, 32, from London, were due to be getting married this summer – and were determined coronavirus wouldn't scupper their fitness regime.

Andy and Jodie, who works in scientific and medical research, built the garden gym for £900 – a huge saving on the £12,000 they were quoted.

Jodie, who's mum to Ariana, six, told “We decided to build the gym because my partner Andy is a huge gym fanatic.

“When lockdown hit and the gyms were closed he was not pleased. So I said ‘let’s build one!’

"I also wanted to use the gym for our pre-wedding build up. We were meant to be getting married in Greece on the July 2, but unfortunately our wedding is postponed until next year now due to Covid-19.

"We initially looked online at pre-built ones and they were ridiculous prices ranging from £5k up to £10k for the same sort of height and size. Some summer houses range up to £12k!

"We designed the gym around the height of the gym equipment that Andy had purchased.

"There wasn’t really a huge drawn out plan. We discussed it and came up with a shape and style. We measured as we worked.

"It took us approximately two to three weeks in total to complete as my partner works shifts. So we’d fit it in around both our jobs, me working from home and home-schooling our six-year-old daughter.

"It’s cost us approximately £900 to build."

Explaining their process, Jodie said: "Team work was certainly important – thank goodness he’s strong!

"I have a really good idea eye for design and I deal with all of the details. Andy is most certainly the muscles behind everything we do!

"Together we agreed on the size and height and we made it fit specifically to our garden. Andy wanted to make sure he could fit all of the gym equipment he needed in there.

"We purchased all of the wood and screws from our local wood yard called Maplin. The UPVC windows and doors were only £80 from our local scrap yard.

"They were originally brown and white but I painted them grey with Rustoleum universal slate grey paint.

"The external paint used was Cuprinol Dusky Gem and was from B&Q. The gym mats were £10 a pack from B&Q also. The huge mirrors were from IKEA for £100.

"I then added all of the added finishing touches outside too.

“The 4×2 wood cost around £300, the shiplap wood cost about £350 and the paint cost £60.

“The roof felt was £60 and the facias were free from a roofer friend.

“We already had the gym equipment – it was just in the garden with a rubbish tarpaulin over it. It certainly needed a home!"

Jodie and Andy are delighted with their new summer gym, and found the project to be a great distraction from the stresses of lockdown.

"Building this in lockdown gave us a welcome distraction from all that was going on outside our home, especially for Andy being a very busy key worker,” Jodie adds.

"It was also a great distraction from the worry of our beautiful Greek wedding having to be postponed.

"Our daughter Ariana also helped me paint – she’s actually really good! Teach them young, I say – I’m certain it counted towards her home schooling.

"I absolutely love home interior and garden design – my Instagram account is my hobby really.

"After receiving extortionate quotes, we thought 'why not do it ourselves – what have we got to lose!?'

"To be able to do it for only £900 was crazy. The end result was beautiful and it was a great learning curve for us both!"

You can follow Jodie's home account on Instagram here.

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