The plush room at Tony’ home in Runcorn, Cheshire, measures 38 square metres and boasts a top of the range, seven-seater wellness spa as well as a custom-built 11-seater sauna, shower room and toilets for guests to refresh after a work-out in the existing home gym.
“We’ve had the idea for a while,” said Tony, who lives with wife Alison, 49.
“Originally, it wasn’t going to be a spa at all – it was going to be a golf swing room. I try my best to be a golfer and my son and wife play too, but we changed our minds. We’ve already got a home gym and thought it would be nice to have a spa as well.
“We’ve been in there every day since! There’s at least something in use every single night and the family have all really enjoyed it.
“My son still lives at home. The two girls live with us on and off. We can’t get rid of them – there’s just too many home comforts, especially now!”
Based in Widnes, Cheshire, the firm provides cardboard, paper and plastic recycling, confidential and specialist shredding and product destruction services across the North West and throughout the UK.
“I’m a local businessman myself and I try to give as much work to local businesses as possible,” said Tony, who grew up in Frodsham.
“I made my mind up there and then,” he said.
The industrial-grade base is so strong that it could easily withstand the weight of an elephant or a parked car – and easily accommodates several tonnes of water-weight.
Rubicon’s buildings are made from a wood fibre composite material devised by founder and managing director John Lyon, who was inspired by his 20 years as an engineer at Airbus. With proper “breathing walls”, ventilated roofs and damp proofing membranes, they are miniature houses with the same level of care and workmanship as in a modern timber-framed house.
The bespoke top-of-the-range units are used for everything from home offices to art or music rooms, yoga studios, teenage dens and “man caves”.
“Tony was looking for a high-quality, well-designed space that could literally entertain the whole family which is exactly what we were able to provide. We are delighted it is already being put to good use.
The family have wasted no time getting acquainted with their new garden hideaway and Tony admits his eldest daughter, who is currently working in the US on a cruise ship, will not find it too difficult to adjust to life in Cheshire when she arrives home after 10 months at sea.
“We’ve already had guests around and it’s a great social area, we’ve no regrets at all. It’s really added to the appeal of the house,” said Tony.
“I probably benefit more from the spa after I’ve had a bad round of golf! Work doesn’t stress me out these days. I try to play golf as much as I can and my son is quite sporty and plays a lot of golf and football. It’s a lovely place to be once you’ve done some kind of exercise to relax the muscles and unwind. We’re really happy.”