A father-of-three has transformed his previously damp and unused basement into a rustic bar that can hold up to 30 guests.
Adam Cone, from Sheffield, spent nine months creating a stunning underground bar in his home that hosts family film nights, quiz nights, poker nights, football matches, and even family birthday parties.
The 34-year-old says that 80 per cent of the materials he used were reclaimed and the total project cost him £2,500 which included a double fridge, a beer pump, lighting and some of the other fixtures and fittings that he couldn’t get for free.
Adam, an excavator operator, added: ‘It was a wasted space that was full of damp.
‘It wasn’t useful for storage because things would get ruined.
Adam Cone, 34, spent nine months transforming his dank and unused basement into a social hotspot for his family and friends
The renovated space now plays host to family film nights, quiz nights, poker nights, football matches, and even family birthday parties
Before its miraculous makeover, the space was full of damp and not even useful for storage, as things would accumulate moisture and mould
Adam, from Sheffield, said he had only spent £2,500 doing up the basement, splashing out on a double fridge, a beer pump, lighting and some of the other fixtures and fittings that he couldn’t get for free
‘We enjoy having family and friends around at our house so it made sense to make something to host guests but also a clean and cosy place for the family to spend time.
‘I’d say the bar has a rustic and cosy atmosphere with a mix of traditional and industrial elements.
‘I used a lot of timber that I got from work, old pallets and items that I found on the Facebook marketplace.
‘All the tiles were free and other bits we used were extremely cheap, such as the door and flooring which we got from Facebook.
‘Other people chipped in to help us out too.
‘My friend’s dad upholstered the corner seat and my mother in law upholstered the chairs for us.
‘My dad helped with digging out the floor which had to go down nearly two-foot because we needed to gain enough headroom to stand up as I’m 6ft 4inches.
Cold, stone steps led the way down to the basement before the extensive renovation work filled the area with warmth and life
The ceiling boards had to be removed during the job, during which Adam got lots of help from friends and family
The internal structure was built using discarded timber from Adam’s workplace, with other bits and pieces being picked up cheaply using online marketplaces
The floor had to be dug up during the nine-month construction effort to make way for a waterproof membrane that would stop the subterranean space from getting damp
Adam, who is 6’4, had to dig down nearly two feet to allow adequate standing space in the room
The father-of-three used discarded timber from his workplace and old pallets he picked up off Facebook marketplace
Joseph, 8, and his four-year-old sister Amelia lent their father a hand by carrying bricks out from the original floor to be recycled into a new patio outside
Adam described the cosy space as ‘rustic’, blending both ‘traditional and industrial elements’. Pictured: Resin-topped bar
‘The children were there to help too.
‘My son and eldest daughter carried bricks out from the original floor to be recycled into a new patio outside.
‘And a few friends also helped get the concrete in to make the new concrete slab for the floor.’
Adam says that he has always been a DIY enthusiast and used his existing skills to complete the project.
However, he has also learnt some new techniques such as how to source materials for as little as possible because he admits that he is usually one to just buy without looking at the price.
Adam’s wife, Ruth (pictured), threw a raucous party in the newly renovated space with around 30 guests turning up to nose around the underground bar
Adam’s mother-in-law upholstered the chairs, while one of his friend’s got their father to upholster the corner seat
Joseph, 8, Amelia, 4, and Annabelle 3 enjoy using the place for video gaming, movie nights and children’s birthday parties
Adam said: ‘The bar has given us a brilliant family room where we have already enjoyed numerous birthday parties, film nights, game nights and family quizzes without even leaving the house.
‘It also saves on the babysitters because when the children are in bed and asleep, it allows us to continue the night with family and friends knowing that the children are safe.
‘My son, Joseph, had part of his birthday party down there last week and Ruth, my wife, had hers in there over Christmas with about 30 guests down in there at the same time!.’