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Craftsman converts old horseboxes into stunning £60k homes

  • Dean Crago, 33, acquires dilapidated old horsebox lorries and revives them - with impressive results
  • The process takes roughly six months, after which the boxes will be fitted with all mod cons
  • These include running water, heating and electricity. There's even a shower and a kitchen with an oven

By James Draper For Mailonline

Published: 11:49 EDT, 5 May 2017 | Updated: 11:49 EDT, 5 May 2017

A talented craftsmen is making hay by converting old horseboxes into luxury homes.

Dean Crago, 33, acquires dilapidated old equine lorries and revives them by painstakingly constructing a quaint mobile dwelling inside.

These pictures show his latest restoration: of a 30-year-old Mercedes horsebox that was full of hay and manure when he was first saddled with it in Glastonbury, Somerset.

Transformation: The Mercedes horsebox may be 30 yaers old, but is now a luxury mobile home
Transformation: The Mercedes horsebox may be 30 yaers old, but is now a luxury mobile home

Transformation: The Mercedes horsebox may be 30 yaers old, but is now a luxury mobile home

Redeveloped: The height of the ceiling was raised to create space for a double bed
Redeveloped: The height of the ceiling was raised to create space for a double bed

Redeveloped: The height of the ceiling was raised to create space for a double bed

Within six months the renovation was complete and boasted all the amenities one would find in a normal house such as running water, heating and electricity.

There’s even a shower and a kitchen with an oven, hob and grill.

And, impressively, it will soon be delivered to its owners, who commissioned the work to be done and plan on moving into the quirky build.

Homely: The mobile property pictured from the outside, complete with wood-stained panels
Homely: The mobile property pictured from the outside, complete with wood-stained panels

Homely: The mobile property pictured from the outside, complete with wood-stained panels

Cosy: The quirky build is designed for maximum functionality and even includes a fireplace
Cosy: The quirky build is designed for maximum functionality and even includes a fireplace

Cosy: The quirky build is designed for maximum functionality and even includes a fireplace

He's cooked up a great idea! The mobile homes even boast a stunning, hand-made kitchen 
He's cooked up a great idea! The mobile homes even boast a stunning, hand-made kitchen 

He's cooked up a great idea! The mobile homes even boast a stunning, hand-made kitchen 

While Mr Crago, whose company is called House Box, won’t say how much it has cost the buyer, he did reveal that a conversion of this kind costs between £30,000 and £60,000.

These numbers are on top of the £5,000 to buy an old horsebox in the fist instance.

Mr Crago’s project began by stripping the inside of the vehicle, which involved ripping the flooring and any fittings out to present a blank canvas.

He also raised the height of the ceiling above the cab to create space for a bed where two can sleep. Another bed suitable for two children unfolds from a wooden bench in the living area.

After installing insulation, with the help of fellow craftsmen Jake Churchill and Zack Hawkins, he began building the interiors.

Due to constraints on space, the floor measures around 150sqft, everything has to be bespokely made.

More power to him! Electricity sockets are fitted to ensure the home can be gadget-packed
More power to him! Electricity sockets are fitted to ensure the home can be gadget-packed

More power to him! Electricity sockets are fitted to ensure the home can be gadget-packed

Benchmark: A makeshift sofa is created from wooden ledge which is decorated with cushions  
Benchmark: A makeshift sofa is created from wooden ledge which is decorated with cushions  

Benchmark: A makeshift sofa is created from wooden ledge which is decorated with cushions  

Ta-dah! The process takes roughly six months to complete, with impressive results
Ta-dah! The process takes roughly six months to complete, with impressive results

Ta-dah! The process takes roughly six months to complete, with impressive results

All the cabinets, worktops, paneling and flooring is cut from wooden pallets, which are made as thin as possible to maximise space and decrease weight.

Logs are also used to create the feeling of being inside a cabin.

The trio of workmen also fitted a shower, sink and toilet, which source water from a 150 litre tank underneath the horsebox.

Power is provided by a gas tank and solar panels and a wood burner keeps the place piping hot.

Power is provided by a gas tank and solar panels and a wood burner keeps the place piping hot
Power is provided by a gas tank and solar panels and a wood burner keeps the place piping hot

Power is provided by a gas tank and solar panels and a wood burner keeps the place piping hot

Making a splash! The transformation even includes a hipster-approved shower cubicle
Making a splash! The transformation even includes a hipster-approved shower cubicle

Making a splash! The transformation even includes a hipster-approved shower cubicle

Yes, it flushes! Craftsman Mr Crago made convenience a priority by adding a working toilet
Yes, it flushes! Craftsman Mr Crago made convenience a priority by adding a working toilet

Yes, it flushes! Craftsman Mr Crago made convenience a priority by adding a working toilet

Mr Crago, who previously worked as a teacher and used to run a cafe, said: 'I was living inside an old minibus and wanted to be afforded the luxuries of a home, so came up with the idea of restoring a horsebox.

'They are perfect for this kind of conversion because they offer so much space.

'I built one for myself first and thought it was something other people might like, so packed in my job and started doing it full time.'

Aesthetically pleasing: Logs are also used to create the feeling of being inside a cabin
Aesthetically pleasing: Logs are also used to create the feeling of being inside a cabin

Aesthetically pleasing: Logs are also used to create the feeling of being inside a cabin

Stripped bare: The process begins by stripping the inside of the vehicle, such as ripping the flooring and any fittings out to present a blank canvas
Stripped bare: The process begins by stripping the inside of the vehicle, such as ripping the flooring and any fittings out to present a blank canvas

Stripped bare: The process begins by stripping the inside of the vehicle, such as ripping the flooring and any fittings out to present a blank canvas

Stylish: All the cabinets, worktops, paneling and flooring is cut from wooden pallets, which are made as thin as possible to maximise space and decrease weight
Stylish: All the cabinets, worktops, paneling and flooring is cut from wooden pallets, which are made as thin as possible to maximise space and decrease weight

Stylish: All the cabinets, worktops, paneling and flooring is cut from wooden pallets, which are made as thin as possible to maximise space and decrease weight

He added: 'Our converted vehicles really can be used as full time homes, they have everything you need to live a normal life.

'They’re handmade, comfortable, economical and ecological.'

Mr Crago has named his converted horsebox Helga, a nod to the vehicle’s German heritage. Working on such projects full time since 2010, it is the seventh horsebox he has worked on.

Original state: A snapshot of the manure and hay-filled horsebox when it was first acquired 
Original state: A snapshot of the manure and hay-filled horsebox when it was first acquired 

Original state: A snapshot of the manure and hay-filled horsebox when it was first acquired 

As it is today: The vehicle-meets-studio is virtually unrecognisable from its former self 
As it is today: The vehicle-meets-studio is virtually unrecognisable from its former self 

As it is today: The vehicle-meets-studio is virtually unrecognisable from its former self 

 

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