A furloughed dad transformed his "manky old shed" into a pub for his keyworker wife and their two kids.

With lots of time on his hands, Jack Winwood set about creating garden boozer The Dog House, while partner Leanne was busier than ever at Solihull Hospital in the West Midlands.

The 34-year-old electrician had plans of converting his Coleshill home's shed into a man cave, but once the pandemic hit he decided to create a space Leanne could relax with kids Ellis, eight, and Nancy, four.

Taking advantage of his vast links across the trade industry and tips on various Facebook groups, Jack eventually finished the project at a cost of around £3,000, reports BirminghamLive.

The pub features a wooden bar with bar stools, a dartboard and ambient lighting, plus a cosy sofa for chilling out as a family.

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Jack Winwood and his kids Ellis and Nancy in The Dog House pub
Jack Winwood and his kids Ellis and Nancy in The Dog House pub

Outside, there's a paved patio and a brick-built barbecue area for al fresco entertaining.

"I'd decided to build the man cave as when we moved into the property there was an old manky shed which had a hole in the roof and was really rotten," explained Jack.

"When we went into the first lockdown, I was put on furlough so I thought right I'm going to make this space look amazing for my wife, who works really hard in her job.

"I'd seen ideas on different Facebook pages and websites. I am quite lucky really because I have got friends in all different trades from landscape gardeners and ground workers to carpenters and, of course, I'm an electrician so I did all the electrical stuff myself."

Jack was able to do much of the work himself, whilst also calling on the expertise of his pals and roping in his kids to help too.

Jack Winwood transformed his shed into The Dog House pub
Jack Winwood transformed his shed into The Dog House pub

"My son loves it in there, he loves listening to the music and even pretends to be the manager and stocks up all the fridges - mainly with his juice drinks may I add," said Jack.

"My daughter called it the girl's cave but that name just didn't go so, for her birthday, we brought her a Wendy house for her to call her own.

"During the lockdown, the project has given me and my wife something to look forward to and it's also taken the children's minds off things being down there helping Dad do stuff in the man cave.

"To be fair, my son has been really hands-on and has enjoyed getting his hands dirty."

The family is looking forward to enjoying The Dog House with their friends and family as soon as it is safe to do so.

"We really can't wait to invite family, friends and, of course, the neighbours round to enjoy all the barbecues and parties that are planned when we are out of lockdown," Jack said.

"The neighbours are really desperate to see inside as they have seen it come on so much in the last 12 months."