Dad builds incredible man cave room with Bond-style secret door

Dad builds incredible man cave room with Bond-style secret door

12/22/2021

A DIY-mad dad has built an incredible man cave complete with a James Bond style secret door.

Neil Wheatley, from Jarrow, near Newcastle, transformed an old pigeon shed into a stylish man cave – featuring a concealed door cleverly disguised as a bookcase.

The 40-year-old sales advisor used wooden pallets to make the door, which leads to the the toilet, and a wire, a hook, and a piece of metal for the latch itself.

The resourceful dad-of-four has spent just £1,200 on his beloved man cave so far, which paid for a new roof and exterior cladding to ensure the shed (which is based at his allotment) is watertight.

Neil managed to upcycle and recycle everything else in a bid to keep costs down, with windows, flooring, and kitchen units all being donated by friends.

He said: ‘I’m quite creative so with the build I’ve wanted to think out of the box and create something different.

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‘The original plan was just to put a door on the small toilet cubicle, but it was boring and was a waste of space.

‘So by creating the bookshelf door we’ve been able to maintain privacy for the toilet, but also maximise space for storing items.

‘It was then how to open the door and using the book took a bit of effort but was well worth it.’

The busy dad-of-four wanted a space he and his kids could relax, coming up with the idea for the hidden door to make them smile.

‘I wanted to create something that stood out,’ said Neil.

‘I’ve got four kids and wanted to build something that was going to be fun and wow them, so building something basic was never going to work.

‘The idea for the shed was to be somewhere warm and comfortable for us to spend time together as a family.

‘If we are working on the allotment and the kids just want to chill out, there’s plenty of space for them to do that, and in the summer, we can just hang out, have a BBQ, and enjoy the weather.’

His advice to anyone else wanting to complete a renovation project like this is to think big.

Neil said: ‘I think the main thing is there is no limit to your imagination.

‘Things might not be built to perfection in some people’s eyes, but I can look at things like the bookcase and say to myself I created that.

‘It might have taken a couple of goes to get the sizing right to make sure it swung open correctly and trying different things to create the mechanism for the book opening, but that’s how you learn – trial and error.’

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