Plasterer, 35, builds DIY hot tub in garden to cheer up fiancee after they postponed their wedding due to coronavirus – The Sun

A PLASTERER wowed his fiancee with a homemade hot tub after their wedding was cancelled because of coronavirus.

It only took a day’s work and £75 for the 35-year-old to complete the bargain build.



Oly Rush, from Poole, Dorset, decided to surprise his fiancee Tess while she was working on the frontline for the NHS.

The plasterer only had to buy wooden cladding and some piping for the build, which together cost only £75.

An old oil drum acts as a woodburner which heats up the water pipes that are wrapped around it.

Water circulates out of the hot tub and around the woodburner before flowing back in again at 40C.

It only took a day for Mr Rush to complete most of the build, so he was able to surprise his wife-to-be when she came home from work.

I put most of it together in a day so when she came home I was able to surprise her.

The 35-year-old said he wanted to cheer up his fiancee after the couple had been forced to postpone their June wedding.

He said: “We were supposed to be getting married next month but that has had to be postponed and I really wanted to do something special for her.

“I knew she’d love a hot tub so I thought I’d make one out of things I had lying around.

“The only cost was the wood for £25 and the piping which was £50. So the whole thing cost me £75. All the other bits and pieces I had.

“I put most of it together in a day so when she came home I was able to surprise her.”

Mr Rush said he has now added a solar pump to speed up heating.

He continued: “I had to tweak it a bit to make it more efficient but the process is really simple and we’ve sat in it for a number of evenings now.

“It works better than I could have hoped for.”


Tess, 34, works in a hospital as an operating department practitioner.

She said: “I love it. After a hard shift there is no better way to relax than an evening in a hot tub.

“Oly is always building things and this was a wonderful surprise. It’s a big shame our wedding has been postponed but at least we can spend the summer evenings in our own hot tub.

“And when lockdown ends we can have our friends round and get the barbecue going.”

Mr Rush has since been inundated with requests from people asking him to build them one too.

He said: “Because they are outside I can do this while observing social distancing, so I’ve set up a Facebook page called Off Grid Tubs.

“I’ll use reclaimed materials to make them and each one will be unique.”

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