By Hayley Pugh
A woman has created a luxurious ‘mini mansion‘ in her back garden to escape her male dominated house….and all for under £1,000.
Sonia Walker, from Rushden in Northamptonshire, loves nothing more than a glass of wine or a spot of afternoon tea with girlfriends in her glamorous ‘she cave’ which is kitted out with antique furniture, paintings and ornaments.
Sonia’s husband, Andrew, agreed to build the shed for her 50th birthday present and the savvy mum-of-two has lavishly decorated the inside by bagging bargains from car boot sales and charity shops – meaning the opulent den was built and furnished all for less than £1,000.
Sonia, a college worker, loves her girly domain after years of living with three men – her husband Andrew and sons Bradley, 21, and Ben, 19 and even has a record player in there so she can chill out and listen to music.
She said: “Our old shed was quite dilapidated so we were looking for a new one but everything I wanted was way out of our price range.
“Then my husband offered to build me one for my 50th birthday. We really went to town on it but all the while I had upcycling and recycling in mind as I hate waste.
“In the end the whole thing including the interior cost under £1000. All of the furniture and decor I either bought online or from car boot sales and charity shops. The grandfather clock only cost me £25.
“The most expensive thing was the wooden flooring and the tongue and groove. I get a real buzz out of upcycling and recycling.”
Sonia’s bespoke shed features a chaise lounge, a fireplace, candelabras and dozens or ornate pictures, mirrors and ornaments.
Sonia added: “I absolutely love my ‘mini mansion.’ It’s my little sanctuary. Me and my girlfriends often have afternoon tea or share a bottle of wine up there. It’s a real girly domain.
“Andrew and my youngest son both have motorbikes so they could have easily decided to build a shed for their bikes instead but it’s lovely that Andrew has given me my own space, bless him.”