Jun 15 2012 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A FOOTBALL-daft dad has transformed his garden shed – into a pub.
Garry Logan’s tiny hut is now a fully functional mini boozer.
And the Ayr United fan’s pride and joy could be crowned the best of British in a unique contest.
Garry, 35, has spent two years turning his shed into Ayr’s smallest bar.
The 8x10ft creation even boasts Sky television and plays host to regular gatherings for live games on the small screen.
Now Garry is aiming to win the title of owning Britain’s best garden shed.
He laughed: “My wife, Jennifer, is just glad of the piece and quiet when the lads come round because we head to the hut and the girls have the house to themselves.
“I raised the initial £650 to buy the hut by selling gadgets on eBay.
“I sold my laptop, phone, camcorder, xbox, camera and various other things and it’s been a bit of an obsession for the last few year trying to make the place look and feel like a pub.
“The expression on people’s faces when they first see the place makes it all worthwhile.
“It’s great because you can have your own company, music and cheap drink plus it’s just a ten second walk home so no need for a taxi.”
The pub operates a bring your own bottle policy, with Garry not owning a license for his shed bar.
But he added: “In the future I’d like to have a draught set up but that would cost around £400.
“My wife is always getting on at me for not doing enough chores around the house, yet I disappear down the garden with the hoover and brasso to clean the ‘pub’.
“I got the idea for it after a night drinking with my mates at a barbeque.
“I said it would be great to have your own pub in the garden and I thought – what’s stopping me building one?”
Garry’s standard shed has been insulated and lined with mdf before he built a bar and spent a fortune on ebay collecting items from old pubs.
He said: “The best buy was the brass footrest that came out of a pub in Plymouth.
“I googled “pub shed” and was amazed at how many people have their own pub shed.
“It’s huge in England and that’s where I discovered the shed of the year competition run on readersheds.co.uk.
Garry is aiming to become the first Scot to win the shed of the year title.
And his pub, called 3 Steps, is strongly fancied to go close in the voting.
Garry, of Ayr, added: “The name 3 Steps came about because you can only really take three steps in any direction as the place is small, but that just helps to create a great warm pub atmosphere.
“I think some people might get the wrong idea and think it unsociable drinking in a garden shed but its quite the opposite as we have a strict 11pm curfew on the bar and we recently donated £211.94 to the Ayrshire Hospice through our bar top collection tin over the last year.
“I’m aiming to donate £250 to CLIC Sargent House in Prestwick if we win shed of the year.”
l To vote for Garry’s pub shed, Google “3 steps pub” and click on the top link.
l Public voting ends at midnight on Saturday, June 16.