A couple have worked to turn a horsebox, which they bought for £3,500, into a modern bijou home on wheels.
And there’s even space for guests to sleepover.
Architectural designer Sophie Frykfors von Hekkel, 30, and her hairdresser partner Lalli Castiglione, 31, spent £12,000 on refurbishing the 7.5-ton horsebox.
This brings the cost of their home to a total of £15,500.
Measuring 20ft by 6ft 6in, the renovated property includes a downstairs living space, kitchen, bathroom with shower, home office and a sofa lounge area that can convert into a dining room or spare bedroom.
There’s a ladder in place of stairs to take you up to the double bedroom.
Sophie says that lockdown gave them the time to work on the renovation project.
She previously lived in a rented property in Brighton for £1,000 per month and wanted to own a home but couldn’t afford a mortgage.
She says: ‘Now our living expenses are down to £50 a month for water and gas – plus the diesel to drive our home somewhere else if we feel like it when travel restrictions are lifted.’
Work on the horsebox began in February 2020, and speaking on the journey to turn it into a home, Sophie says: ‘It had been used to take four horses to shows around the country for years and was in very bad shape.
‘It’s [now] very high-spec – we wanted to live comfortably with a full-size gas stove, a proper shower, enough room to store clothes and food and accommodate guests when necessary.’
The home also has a large sliding door and new windows to make sure lots of natural light can come through.
They’ve even put in a special shelf for beds belonging to Shelby and Ghost – their pet dogs.
And to power it all, solar panels are used for electricity and they have bottled gas. They use freshwater and wastewater tanks in the same size as those used in a regular house too.
Currently the couple are parked up in East Sussex and are looking forward to safely travelling in their home in the future.
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