A MIRFIELD couple transformed a cattle trailer into a luxury caravan and were featured on a hit TV show for their efforts.
Sam Thompson, 30, and girlfriend Jessica Allen, 29, appeared on the Channel Four show George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, which followed their journey from buying the Ifor Williams trailer for just £4,000 to them turning it into a nifty mobile home.
The pair installed a king-size bed, wood-burning stove and double glazing during the £15,000 revamp.
Sam, who works as a designer in Halifax, was contacted by the show and the couple carried out the four-month project last summer.
He said: “It was a real labour of love and has brought us closer together as a couple.
“I’d looked into camper vans but it wasn’t really our style. We wanted something a bit more modern and different.”
The duo were helped by Sam’s dad Colin, a semi-retired kitchen and bathroom fitter and Cleckheaton RUFC stalwart, and they first worked on insulating the trailer before fitting windows for fresh air and putting down proper flooring.
The king-size bed folds up to create more floor space while doubling up as a seating area.
Underneath the bed lies a cleverly fitted kitchen unit which slides out with food and wine storage as well as a fridge.
A table top also slides out to allow for two people to sit and enjoy a drink or meal.
Sam and Jessica, who is an NHS nurse at St James’ Hospital in Leeds, designed the whole layout and furniture for their new holiday home.
Sam said: “We did the work mainly at evenings and weekends and my dad Colin was a huge help.
“There was a bit of bickering between us on screen but when a father and son work together on something like this there’s always a bit of banter going on.
“The original budget was £10,000 but as I only used the best materials it ended up being more like £15,000 – but it’s definitely been worth it.”
The couple have already taken their creation on trips to the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, and tend to use it as a “chill-out space” when they’re not camping.
Jessica added: “I think it’s brilliant and it’s given us a place where we can get away from reality and spend some quality time together.”