Architect George Clarke is back to introduce more innovative space-saving builds courtesy of ambitious and creative amateurs in the new series of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces.
From a subterranean snug in a back garden to a rusty old coach transformed into a luxury mobile home, from a homemade workplace to a private casino, get a taste of some of the smart, small-scale designs you can expect to see in the coming weeks…
Desperate to start her own business, but unable to afford the overheads of a traditional shop, dispensing optician Natalie is building a hut made from up-cycled wood in a market in Hackney. Using a £5,000 investment from her mum, she has two weeks to complete the project before she must be up and running.
Motorbike racer Ollie from Yorkshire has endured years of slumming it in the back of his van between races. Deciding its time to upgrade his digs, the 33-year-old has bought a rusty old coach for £6,000 and plans to transform it into the ultimate luxury tour bus, featuring 20 futuristic pod-style bunk beds, flushing toilets, a shower and a fully functioning kitchen.
Mark and Clare, a newly engaged couple from Stockport, bought their family home six months ago, only to discover an entire basement that was never featured on the original house blueprints. The decision was made that instead of a glamorous £10,000 trip to Vegas the couple would blow their honeymoon fund on transforming the basement into their own private casino and bring Vegas home to Manchester.
Playground designer Olly and his wife Tamsin are building a 12m square warren in their back garden to give their kids a magical place to play. Forty tonnes of earth must be removed but once complete the subterranean snug will have a grassy bank laid over the top. The den will allow sleeping for four, a living room and various escape hatches for the kids.
Jon and Sally live in Helston, Cornwall, a place known for its outstanding natural beauty but also for its harsh winds and colds winters. They’re aiming to turn an old shipping container into a glamping pod that can withstand the changing weather and be enjoyed all year round. The Tin Tent will feature a mezzanine-level sleeping area, a wood-burning stove and large glass doors that will open onto the stunning countryside. The whole structure will be covered in a safari tent which will triple its space efficiency. It will become a cosy place to watch the wind whistle by and roast some marshmallows by the fire.
George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces starts on Thursday 5 June at 8pm on Channel 4