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It's usually best when us Brits don't have too many expectations for the summer months.
When we dare to dream of a few sweltering hot days, full of ice cream, beer and sunbathing, it's sod's law that we'll end up with solid rain for 10 weeks straight.
But if we lower our expectations to paddling pools, disposable barbecues and room temperature beer, then sometimes we can end up being pleasantly surprised. And if you're willing to put in the graft you can even take your paddling pool to the next level.
Steve Grogan, from Redditch, used a trampoline and some wood to create a homemade, heated and filtered hot tub.
The beginning. Credit: Supplied
Steve had a weekend off, so rather than let the pool make his garden look sad, he got to work alongside his five-year-old daughter.
"We had the paddling pool up one hot day and it just looked rubbish sat in the corner on its own, so I was thinking of a way to tidy it up," Steve told LADbible. "By chance I had an 8ft trampoline frame in the garden so thought I'd try using that and it was the perfect fit.
"I bought some wood and had some old polycarbonate sheets that I used for the roof."
He no real plans to work from and instead decided to 'wing it', making it up as he went a long.
After he got all the wood around the frame, he fitted the lights, some blinds and made a roof. It all came together quite nicely.
"I had a week off work and was kind of bored so thought 'sod it ill give it a go'," he told LADbible. "With the help of my little 5-year-old, of course. She helped me hold stuff.
"I did it bits at a time over the course of a week."
Eventually he installed the heater and filter, meaning it can be used all year round and stays clean.
For even a basic hot tub you could be looking at prices well into the thousands but this cost Steve just £200. Not bad, is it?
Steve said: "I had the frame from the trampoline and the sheets from the roof already. The pool was £25 the wood was around £70; the main money was spent on the heater, the filter and bubble machine which came to around £100.
"So it came to just under £200 all in with the lighting at £10.
"The lighting is all set up to work off my phone so can turn them on and off from my iPhone. On the finished picture you can see it has a TV and sky box in the top corner, too."
The finished product. Credit: Supplied
He's thought of everything. I'm contemplating asking him to build one for me.
"I originally do double glazing repairs, got my own Facebook page SG Glass, but since posted these pictures on a DIY page and getting offers I'm going to do it full time," he said.
"I've been and seen a few customers already and priced up a few, so the orders are coming in fast. I literally have a six month waiting list already it's gone mad."
He deserves it to be honest, this is class.
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