DIY couple build adorable playhouse for just £400 after being quoted £1,500

DIY couple build adorable playhouse for just £400 after being quoted £1,500

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A DIY mum has proved treating your children doesn't have to cost too much money.

Amy Townsend, 27, wanted to buy her daughter a playhouse but was shocked to see how expensive they are.

Instead of forking thousands on the house for her child, the salon owner built her own for just £400.

The mum-of-one and her partner Morgan decided to build their daughter her very own playhouse – and it looks super adorable.

They used wood from previous projects, as well as bought some new boards and roofing from Wickes to complete the playhouse.

Now speaking about the creation, Amy told LatestDeals.co.uk that they came up with the idea in September.

She said: "We came up with the idea as it was my four-year-old daughter's birthday in September.

"I'd been looking at playhouses for a while and they all seemed so expensive for the size plus almost all of them were out of stock.

"I really wanted one with an upstairs but just couldn't afford to buy one that expensive as they were upwards of £1,000.

"To build it, my partner created a frame for each side first in the workshop he has.

"We used Perspex for the windows and the sliding window on the side."

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It took Morgan four days to make the frame, then built the playhouse in the garden.

Amy added: "We dug up an unused piece of our garden and covered it in weed membrane and stones to create a small area in front of the playhouse for her.

"I painted the inside and outside myself with Frenchic Alfresco Paint in Dazzle Me and Dusky Blush which I got from a local stockist Connie & Jo."

In the end, the whole creation cost around £350 to £400 instead of £1,500 which is what they saw online.

And it took just under a week for the couple to build it from scratch.

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Now Amy is delighted with the look of the playhouse and so is her daughter.

The mum continued: "She absolutely loves it and has played in it every night since.

"It was really helpful having a project to stay busy with during lockdown and it made it really special as my daughter has been stuck inside for six months unable to go and play anywhere other than our house.

"It made me feel so happy to be able to give my daughter the playhouse I wanted for her for far less. It also means we will have the extra money ready for Christmas.

"It also feels special to know that my partner has made it himself and that no one else will have a playhouse like this."

Tom Church, co-founder of the money-saving community, commented on the incredible creation.

He said: "With kids spending more time at home than ever thanks to the lockdown, many parents have been begged for garden playhouses.

"However, as Amy points out, these can cost a pretty penny to buy online.

"If you're handy with tools and are up for a challenge, make like Amy and Morgan and build your own for less than a third of the price.

"You'll have a fun family project on your hands, will save hundreds if not thousands of pounds, and best of all, your child will end up with a totally unique and bespoke playhouse just for them."

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