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DIY dad quoted £3,800 for luxury playhouse ends up building it himself for cheap

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A dad gave his two-year-old daughter the best Christmas present ever after he built a luxury playhouse for her.

Rich Saunders, 40, put his DIY skills to the test after being quoted a staggering £3,800 by a professional for the project.

Instead of shelling out loads of money, the dad, from Dorset, created the playhouse all by himself – for just £800.

He spent 40 hours over multiple evenings and weekends to craft the space in his garden with carpets and even a TV on the wall.

It also comes with a split-level design, sleeping nook and heating for his youngster.

Rich said: "My wife Sophie had a playhouse built for her as a child and I wanted our daughter to have the same experience."

After deciding the family couldn't afford the £3,800 quote, Rich made his own version by putting his passion for DIY to good use.

He added: "I love DIY of any kind, whether it's working on the car or gardening, but my favourite pastime is building stuff.

"When we moved into our house two years ago I built a shed, so I thought that constructing a playhouse would be too different.

"I started working out where I wanted it to go and drew up some rough plans."

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The dad began his project by purchasing 3x2m timbers to make the shell.

Next he mixed some sand and cement to create a base using reclaimed patio slabs.

Rich also calculated the size of the door and windows by using a scale before turning to online tutorials to help with the roof.

Then to give the playhouse its luxury finish, the dad added shatterproof glass windows and real slate roof tiles.

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He added: "I sourced the slate tiles from Gumtree for £20, which was an absolute bargain. The windows were more of a challenge.

"I used normal glass instead of Perspex, then I found a company that supplies clear laminated sheets for both sides of the glass.

"This means that if the glass were to break, there would be no splinters and the whole pane of glass would stay intact."

The playhouse was finished off with its very own guttering and window boxes as well with paint in a shade of a country cottage.

The final detail was the installation of a fluffy carpet so that the playhouse could be used all year round.

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals, said: "Rich's playhouse is the stuff that dreams are made of and a brilliant gift to his daughter.

"If the shop-bought or professionally made versions are out of your budget, it's well worth investigating the DIY route.

"Always seek professional advice when it comes to added extras, such as an electricity supply, to ensure safety is well covered."

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