Couple convert horsebox into stunning home – and now have monthly bills of just £50

A couple who say they couldn’t afford a mortgage now have a place of their own – by transforming a horsebox into a stylish home.

Architectural designer Sophie Frykfors von Hekkel and her partner Lalli Castiglione bought the 7.5 ton horsebox for £3,500 and admit it was in “very bad shape” having previously been used to transport four horses for years.

But lockdown provided the perfect opportunity to complete a full refurb, seeing the 20ft by 6ft box turned into a home complete with a double bedroom, which is accessed by a ladder.

It also comprises of a living room, kitchen, bathroom with shower, home office, and a lounge area that converts into a dining room or spare bedroom – all of which can be driven to any location they like.

The pair spent £12,000 on the refurbishment, bringing the total cost to £15,500, and Sophie told the Metro: “Now our living expenses are down to £50 a month for water and gas – plus the diesel to drive our home somewhere else if we feel like it when travel restrictions are lifted.

“It had been used to take four horses to shows around the country for years and was in very bad shape.

“It’s [now] very high-spec – we wanted to live comfortably with a full-size gas stove, a proper shower, enough room to store clothes and food and accommodate guests when necessary.”

Sophie had previously rented in Brighton at a cost of £1,000 per month, but her hopes of getting her own home appeared to suffer a set back when she said she wasn’t able to get a mortgage – until they had the idea to begin the project.

Pictures of the stunning transformation show one end of the old horsebox has been fitted with floor to ceiling sliding doors to let in plenty of light, with windows also added on both sides.

Solar panels provide electricity, they have installed freshwater and wastewater tanks, and use bottled gas.

Sophie and Lalli began the build in February 2020, carrying out the work themselves while sharing photos of the progress every step of the way on Instagram, which you can see at Blackboxbramble by clicking here.

They’ve even built shelf beds for their dogs Shelby and Ghost, and are currently parked up in East Sussex – but all four are excited to explore in their new home when lockdown restrictions lift.