People Are Making Tiki Bars In Their Gardens
With the UK experiencing scorching temperatures and most of us having more time on our hands than usual, many Brits are transforming their outside spaces.
Inspired by the (almost) tropical temps, the latest trend sweeping our gardens is... Tiki Bars.
Yep, these cute Hawaiian themed huts are popping up around the country - and we're ready to pull up a bar stool and sip on a cooling cocktail.
Made with treated timber, decked out with bamboo screens and natural rattan furnishings, and crowned with roofs of old dried grasses or reeds, they're a novel garden feature and provide a shady spot to kick back with a chilled bevvy.
Just look at this incredible Tiki hideaway created by DIY enthusiast James Cheal (@jimmycheal), which is kitted out with a fully stocked bar, inflatable flamingos and fairy lights.
James came up with the idea when the coronavirus crisis halted plans to extend he and his wife's house.
"Since lockdown, we've had to cancel our extension," he said.
"I decided to use up some old garden materials and turn our conservatory into a Tiki bar! Somewhere to wine and dine the wife.
"A place eventually our family and friends can also enjoy whilst the country remains shut."
Genius! Keen to create a mini Hawaiian holiday in your own back yard?
Talking about how to build a Tiki Hut from scratch, Adam Paton of Adam Lloyd Construction said: "From these pictures, it looks as though people have been using treated 4x2 timber and 2x1 treated timber battens to create their Tiki Bars.
You can source these from your local builder's merchant or DIY store."
For added texture, use decking to clad your hut and add bamboo screens.
Adam continued: "You can use decking to clad the roof and/or the walls with. Decking is good because often one side is ridged to give a textured effect. I'd suggest Madera Spruce decking from B&Q.
"Alternatively, you can buy bamboo screening which comes in a roll from places like Screwfix or B&Q."
If you want to make your hut environmentally friendly, you can always re-use the timber from an old pallet rather than buying new timber or decking.
"Remember to use decking screws to screw it all together, which are normally treated for outdoor use and come in big tubs for cheap," advises Adam.
"The timber framework can then be painted with any outdoor gloss, shed or fence paints."
To complete the effect, decorate your bar with rattan lanterns or strings of colourful outdoor fairy lights, like Glasgow-based Stephen Robertson (@dapper__dandy) did with his Tiki Bar above.
If that doesn't give you enough Tiki inspo, just check out this grassy lot.
Instagrammer Holly Lander (@holly_lander) plans to install a Pornstar Martini keg in her Tiki garden bar pictured above, which features a homemade chalkboard sign, optics, palm leaf roofing and Buddha. Lush!
Meanwhile, Brummie Jacqui Thomson's (@jacq_thomson) husband built her a Tiki Bar out of recycled timber and bamboo screens - and the results are impressive.
Over in Henley-on-Thames, The Soundcasters Studio have made their own leafy Tiki oasis to enjoy a few beers in.
Rather handily, it's just ten feet from the studio.
Fit for Honolulu!
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Featured Image Credit: James Cheal / @jimmycheal