Toilet turned into second home
George Clarke's Amazing Spaces C4, 8pm
FOR many, the dream of having a bolthole or a place to escape our hectic lives can seem unobtainable. The nearest we've got to it is an unoccupied badger set.
But in this new series, architect George Clarke shows how such big dreams can be achieved in tiny and affordable places, delving into the extraordinary world of small builds to meet the highly creative people taking unpromising spaces and creating the most incredible places to live, work and play.
Here we find homes made out of shipping containers and old buses – move along at the back please. Others are fashioned from tiny huts or incredible tree-houses in the middle of woods.
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George himself has a small-build property project of his own, buying a dilapidated caravan for just £300, with the aim of transforming it into a stunning second home for his growing family.
In this first episode, he meets the couple who have invested their life savings in the hope of converting a wreck of a coach into a holiday let. He also sees how an old underground toilet has been transformed into a stunning apartment – always nice to bed down by a Victorian urinal – and how a horsebox has been given a new lease of life as a family holiday home (mucking out Wednesdays and Fridays).
Less impressively, George's own caravan build gets off to a shaky start as his builder fails to see the potential in this Suzi Quatro-esque hulk of rusting metal from the 70s.