George Clarke with Mark and Charlotte's Airstream trailer

Name: Mark and Charlotte

Area: Somerset

Occupation: Caterers

Describe your amazing space…

It's a 1954 Airstream trailer with aluminum body double axle trailer, 27 foot long, restored from pretty scrappy condition into a family home.

What inspired you to build it?

We wanted to find an alternative to living in a boring rented house and then Charlotte had a dream about a silver trailer. We looked at one on ebay and found ourselves buying it!

What kind of planning permissions did you need?

We didn't need any. We just have to have permission wherever we park it.

How long did the whole project take?

Six months.

What was your budget – did you go over it?

£15,000 but we ended up spending £20,000.

Highs...

  • The design process; working out the layout and the bespoke furniture like our swing stool and the fridge inside a vintage suitcase.
  • Getting it all done in time for the deadline. There's nothing like pulling off a big mission with a good group of people.
  • Lows...
  • About half way through when it still looked like we'd hardly started.
  • There were a few days when nothing went right and nothing got done.
  • Getting overwhelmed by the to-do list.
  • The week after we moved in, there was chaos in a small space with loads of little things not quite finished, in the doldrums of 'normal life' after the big deadline passes.
  • Would you have changed anything you did? I would have set the bed platform six inches lower so that we had a better view out of our stained glass window.Things you wished you had known before you started? Plumbing and electrics are an alien science that amateurs should know better than to try to understand.Top tips for other people embarking on a similar journey?
  • Buy a trailer from an honest, established dealer.
  • Work out your budget then double it.
  • Do a detailed schedule of works. List out all the jobs there are to do to finish your project, then work out how long roughly each one might take. Add it up. Then double it.