A creative wife has brought a whole new meaning to her husband 'being in the doghouse' by building a pub in her back garden in an attempt to spen
A creative wife has brought a whole new meaning to her husband ‘being in the doghouse’ by building a pub in her back garden in an attempt to spend more time with him at home.
Jayne Tapper, 48, a nurse from Newton Abbot, Devon, decided to build ‘The Doghouse Inn’ in an effort to stop her husband Paul Tapper, 53, from heading to their local pub.
The mother-of-three now sees her husband spend his evenings in their back garden instead of down the pub and also hosts infamous alcohol-fuelled parties at her residence.
Jayne, who managed to have the pub built over the course of five months, said: ‘My husband Paul, an engineer, had always loved popping down to our local, and I could never seem to keep him at home.
Jayne Tapper (right), 48, a nurse from Newton Abbot, Devon, decided to build her very own pub in her back garden for her husband Paul Tapper (left), 53
The mother-of-three, who named the pub ‘The Doghouse Inn’, decided to embark on her project about seeing her husband regularly head to their local pub
The pub, situated in the couple’s back garden, spent five months to build and cost more than £15,000
‘And so I got thinking – why not create my own pub, become my own landlady and then I can really tell people – my husband’s in the doghouse!’
To create her vision, Jayne spent an initial £15,000 to level her garden before going on to pay £2,700 for the cabin build and £650 on a space invader game.
She continued: ‘We’d had to get the garden levelled out anyway, which had been expensive, over £15,000, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to play out what I’d always wanted.
‘He won’t want to go to the local anymore – we have three basset hounds and a mate was able to create us a sign for the front of the pub, with one of our dogs, Rufus on.
‘Then I worked on making it like a proper pub – because to start with, it was just like a log house.
Prior to the development, Jayne said she would never see Paul at home as he would often go to their local pub
The pub comes with its very own lounge area and comes with its very own sign at the front which features the couple’s dog Rufus
The mother-of-three (left and right) worked on transforming the wooden lodge into a proper pub
‘But I wanted people to be astounded so we continued to transform it into a mini pub.’
Jayne’s three children, Tom, 31, Lorren, 24 and Jack, 26, have all taken to the pub in the garden too – as it allows them to have friends round and get in the drinks, without spending all their money.
Following the creation of The Doghouse Inn, the family now believe they have saved hundreds in the long run – as their very own pub means less trips out and more time spent at home.
Jayne added: ‘Paul will even bring round his mates now and we always seem to be busy.
‘For the initial build of the cabin, that cost us about £2,700.
‘We had to insulate it as in the beginning, it was just like a log cabin – but we had materials for insulation very kindly given to us by a friend.
‘Then I could start filling it with things that I wanted – I trawled through social media and cheap to buy sites.
‘One of the things I’d always wanted was a church pew which I managed to snag for only £100 and my one big spend was a space invader game which cost the most at around £650.
The couple believe The Doghouse Inn will enable them to save money in the long-run as it will stop them from making trips to their local pub
Jayne said her husband Paul will now bring his friends round for a few drinks and the couple always seem to be busy
The pub features an outdoor beer garden that comes with a sofa (left) and an assortment of tankards inside bar (right)
‘The bar itself to stock and build cost only around £400, and I was lucky – the sofa and TV came free from family and friends.
‘We had fridges donated and then a double one costing £100.
‘A fire heater became one of the pub’s centre points costing about £70, and then all the little knickknacks, like signs, pictures and tankards I went and collected from car boots and eBay.
‘I’m always finding things for the little pub, and it’s not just become a man cave as such for Paul – I love using it too and I’d quite happily spend most nights in there.
‘It’s great to chill in and it really does feel like I’m in my local!’
Jayne spent an initial £15,000 to level her garden before going on to pay £2,700 for the cabin build
Jayne, who was able to see her vision come to come life over the course of five months, decided to embark on her mission after seeing her husband make constant trips to their local pub
Jayne said she and her husband both love spending time inside their very own pub and believes they will save money on the long run