A pair has shared how they turned to DIY to take their minds off a shock most cancers analysis – and constructed a sleek out of doors kitchen for simply £1,500.
Shaz and Martin Cooper, each 43 and from West Sussex, met at college when Shaz relocated to the UK from Malaysia.
The couple has all the time liked DIY, redoing their kitchen in 2017 – however when Shaz was recognized with breast most cancers in 2019, the pair determined to actually get caught in.
‘We started when we bought this house six years ago but we have been doing it bit by bit,’ says Shaz.
‘Then in 2019, I used to be recognized with breast most cancers, so I underwent therapies and was off work for a yr.
‘When I acquired recognized, I used to be confused, unhappy, offended and principally petrified of what the longer term holds. I’m so fortunate to have a tremendous husband together with household and buddies that supported me all through the remedy.
‘To be honest, during the treatment I thought I couldn’t get via it – it was probably the most tough and difficult journey of my life – however there have been a couple of others who went via worse than me and that actually grounded me.
‘I felt so grateful and relieved after the treatment.’
To maintain Shaz’s thoughts off her sickness and the grueling remedy, the couple began planning a home makeover for when she was feeling higher.
‘It really helped me divert my mind to something to look forward to after treatment,’ she explains.
The thought of making an outside kitchen got here from Martin’s love of cooking – and a need to maintain the indoors tidy.
‘During my treatment, Martin cooked a lot, and some of his specialities are BBQ and pizzas,’ says Shaz.
‘We actually like to have an area outdoor the place we are able to cook dinner so no mess is made in our primary kitchen.
‘We also love entertaining friends and family and since the pandemic hit right after my cancer treatments, we decided that an outdoor kitchen was a perfect addition to the house.’
The couple says that between spring to autumn, they use their new out of doors kitchen virtually each weekend.
‘We live on pizzas and BBQ during these months, and during winter since the kitchen area is covered it becomes our storage area for garden furniture,’ says Shaz.
The kitchen is made up of a small sink, a bbq area, a transportable pizza oven, and loads of workspace and storage.
It price the couple £1,500 to create, and took round three months of weekends to finish – however Shaz says that the pair has since gone on to tackle much more DIY since.
‘We actually felt a bit sad after we finished it because we really enjoyed the process, something we find very therapeutic,’ says Shaz.
‘But total, we have been actually happy with the outcome and have been wanting ahead to no extra flour mess within the kitchen each time Martin makes his pizza.
‘Our backyard is just not huge so we’re proud that we are able to nonetheless obtain this even with restricted area.
‘Other than the outdoor kitchen, we have turned our en suite bathroom and family bathroom into three rooms – small en suite, bathroom and home office – all with Martin’s intelligent DIY expertise and my design.
‘I’ve realized the right way to do tiling, and Martin gained new plumbing and flooring expertise. The subsequent tasks on our listing are our utility room and our driveway.’
The couple determined to begin sharing their DIY tasks on-line to maintain monitor of their progress.
‘At the beginning, it was just for us to document our renovation journey,’ provides Shaz. ‘We by no means thought anybody could be serious about what we do and comply with our journey. Everyone has been very form and supportive.
‘Our advice to people wanting to do their own DIY is don’t be afraid to attempt as a result of follow makes good, play with colors and be true to your model.
‘If you are just starting on DIY, start small and go from there. Know your limits too.’
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