Commercial spaces are at a premium and mortgages are harder to secure than ever. But George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces show has inspired people across the UK to use innovative design to navigate building regulations and live mortgage free.
Whether you want to seek advice on converting a farm shed into the ultimate mancave or transforming an abandoned lorry trailer into your dream home, here are five awesome design ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Outstanding home offices
Creating cost-effective practical space is essential for new business owners but building regulations can put paid to the best laid plans. Using existing structures creatively is a great way to get around this.
Mezzanine floor specialists can help you beat planning regulations by converting an existing warehouse shed into a two-storey structure.
This lets you preserve as much storage space as possible with a brand new private office offering the privacy to chat to clients.
Ship-shape and mortgage-free
Abandoned shipping containers have long been reclaimed as makeshift shops and shelters around the world. But a canny Bedford resident made a giant leap in design evolution by transforming an old container to a fantastic floating home.
With a price tag under £50,000, the home maximises space with unique features like a bath set into the base of the shower and an under-bed wardrobe. This is a cool compact home that epitomises large-scale recycling.
Shed your preconceptions
Stereotypical British sheds have often unfairly been stereotyped as sad retreats for hassled husbands. But Amazing Spaces spin-off show Shed of the Year shows contestants from across the country competing to build beautiful sheds that become serene sanctuaries.
Past winners include a terrific treehouse that allows you to channel your inner Ewok and a Roman temple that provides the perfect excuse for donning a toga when you relax after work.
Caravanning is still a favourite pastime in the UK so it’s no wonder that caravan and camper van conversions have featured in their own Amazing Spaces shows.
One of the most innovative conversions showcased a decrepit 1950s classic caravan that morphed into a modern static home
complete with roof garden and external spiral staircase.
Bringing the past to life
But the most touching show featured a custom made caravan recreated from sketches stashed away by a British soldier imprisoned during the second world war.
Right down to the custom light switches, the Amazing Spaces team cleverly brought the design to life for the deceased soldier’s surviving relatives.
George Clarke has a knack of discovering people make the most mundane objects magical.
Amazing Spaces inspires us all to take DIY to the next level and live lives less ordinary.