Amazing Spaces viewers were left stunned as George Clarke transformed a rusty 70s van into a stylish camper complete with veranda, living room and a comfortable bedroom.
Inspired by his granddad’s transit van, George bought the cabin of an old Ford Transit, which co-presenter Will Hardy described as a ‘wreck’.
With the help of Will and co-presenter Stu Abbott, George built a custom metal cabin on a tray on the back of the vehicle and gave it incredible expanding walls that could be opened out to give more space inside.
While viewers were impressed with the ingenuity, some were skeptical about how practical it would be and noted it would likely ‘leak like a sieve’.
Inspired by his granddad’s transit van, George Cklarke bought the cabin of an old Ford Transit, which co-presenter Will Hardy described as a ‘wreck’. With the help of Will Hardy and Stu Abbott, he built a custom metal cabin on a tray on the back of the vehicle, pictured
Without the expansion, the cabin stands 6ft 6in wide, 11ft 5in long and 13ft tall, giving passengers plenty of space. It features a stylish seating area in the back, pictured
The sides of the walls can then be extended by more than a metre on either side, pictured, creating even more space within. The innovative design was road tested in Hastings
One half of the expanded cabin can be used as a bedroom with a double bed, pictured. There is a set of single bunks that can be pulled down from the walls for additional sleeping room
On the other side of the expanded cabin, the benches and tables can be rearranged to create a comfortable living room with an open wall that serves as a veranda
However, viewers couldn’t help but mention that the roof of the van looked a little unsteady, pointing out that gaps could let the British weather in
Without the expansion, the main cabin stands 6ft 6in wide, 11ft 5in long and 13ft tall, giving passengers plenty of space to manoeuvre inside.
Inside it is decorated with bold black and white benches, an eye-catching yellow table and slick monochrome details
The walls are made in a peg design, allowing for extra, versatile storage that can be adapted to suit changing needs.
And by adding some extra stability, the walls are able to expand by 3ft on each side, creating space for a veranda and living space on one end and a bedroom – complete with a double bed and single bunk beds – on the other.
While viewers were impressed with the ingenuity, some were skeptical about how practical it would be and noted it would likely ‘leak like a sieve’
The dining room chairs can also be reconfigured into mini sofas and there’s also a roll down wall to create privacy between different sections.
However some viewers were left skeptical over the gaps between the walls when the extension was pulled out.
One wrote: ‘I’m afraid it’s a no this time #GeorgeClarkesAmazingSpaces. That camper van might be a clever piece of design but it isn’t wet weather proof.’
The vintage van, pictured, looked totally different before George Clarke began the project
George Clarke was inspired to create the space by his grandfather’s transit van (above)
With the veranda and expandable walls folded away, the area is more compact, with a dining space and handy peg system to store possessions, picture
Presenter George Clarke pointed out the light weight nature of the materials used within the van, which include a small working sink
Other viewers were happy to ignore the leaky design, with many praising the clever design and beautiful design features.
One said: ‘That was incredible to turn that old transit van into a work of art, a beautiful camper. Absolutely stunned how fantastic it is. Well done to you all’.
While another said:’Can I borrow your camper George? Love it’.
The view from the expandable veranda, which provides the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by
George and his co-presenter Will demonstrated the handy features in the van, including fold-down chairs and table which transform into sofas
The expandable room has space to fit four people in a double and bunk beds – perfect for the whole family. But some viewers were concerned a leaky roof would cause problems if it were to rain