A dad of two has just won the accolade of owning Britain’s best mancave, spending just £2,000 to reach the top.
Graeme Strachan, 42, called in a bunch of favours from his mates to create the ultimate space dedicated to his favourite football team Aberdeen FC.
The den is replete with a bar, beer pumps, TVs, pool tables and is, of course, kitted out in Aberdeen’s red and white.
The room scooped the top prize of Games Room Of The Year by Home Leisure Direct after beating competition from hundreds of other special spaces.
I’m absolutely overwhelmed and still in shock. It’s fair to say it’s one of the best phone calls I’ve ever received.
A friend called me about the competition while I was on holiday in Turkey as he’d seen it on social media.
He told me I should put my games room forward as he thought I was in with a great chance of winning.
It’s a unique setup and is finished to a really high standard thanks to the input of my mates, none of whom support Aberdeen by the way.
It’s always being used though, as my friends love it. And judging by the result of the vote, so does the public.
Graeme spent a measly £2,000 building his den, and enlisted the help of his workmen buddies to get the job done in their spare time.
The competition saw entries made from all over the UK to compete for the top prize, which comes with a £3,000 bonus.
After a bunch of in-house judges whittled down the entrants to the top ten, the competition was put to a public vote for its final stage.
Andy Beresford, Managing Director of Home Leisure Direct, said:
It’s a brilliant setup and the finishing touches are excellent. I especially like the Aberdeen quotes on the wall.
What we love about Games Room of the Year is that it gives people with a real passion the opportunity to win.
It’s not about throwing money at your games room.
Graeme has demonstrated that people with a limited budget can develop a fantastic pace to relax in and it’s clearly struck a chord with the voters.
He was the standout winner in the end.
You can imagine his drinking sessions in there. Congrats to Graeme – and his mates, who’ll no doubt be getting free pints for life.