Craftsman Converts Old Horseboxes Into Stunning $77.8k Luxury Mobile Homes

Ever wondered what happens to old horseboxes when they are no longer needed? Wonder no more! Dean Crago, 33, has found possibly one of the most ingenius things to do with them.

This very talented craftsman converts the horseboxes into luxury mobile homes. You can see pictures of his latest conversion. He took a 30 year old Mercedes horsebox, which he paid $6,500 for, and transformed it into a stunning motor home.

The transformation began with everything inside being stripped out, right down to the bare boards. Dean says that is is important that he has a blank canvas to start working on. Along with friends Jake Churchill and Zach Hawkins, the insulations was installed.

Within six months of starting his project, the renovation was complete, with a full kitchen comprising oven, hob and grill. The rest of the kitchen is all hand made, and there is even a fireplace in the seating area.

Transformation: The Mercedes horsebox may be 30 yaers old, but is now a luxury mobile home
Transformation: The Mercedes horsebox may be 30 yaers old, but is now a luxury mobile home
Redeveloped: The height of the ceiling was raised to create space for a double bed
Redeveloped: The height of the ceiling was raised to create space for a double bed
Homely: The mobile property pictured from the outside, complete with wood-stained panels
Homely: The mobile property pictured from the outside, complete with wood-stained panels
Cosy: The quirky build is designed for maximum functionality and even includes a fireplace
Cosy: The quirky build is designed for maximum functionality and even includes a fireplace
He's cooked up a great idea! The mobile homes even boast a stunning, hand-made kitchen 
He’s cooked up a great idea! The mobile homes even boast a stunning, hand-made kitchen
More power to him! Electricity sockets are fitted to ensure the home can be gadget-packed
More power to him! Electricity sockets are fitted to ensure the home can be gadget-packed

Because of the floor space, everything had to be individually designed and hand crafted to fit. There is a double bed above the cab and a further two single beds which unfold. Every single bit of space has been used to incorporate some type of storage.

Electrical sockets are fitted so that any gadgets can be used. All the woodwork is made from pallets because they are thin and light. The shower, sink and toilet are sourced from a 150 litre tank underneath the horsebox.

Solar panels and a gas tank provide power for the home and the wood burner keeps the whole place warm and cosy.

Benchmark: A makeshift sofa is created from wooden ledge which is decorated with cushions  
Benchmark: A makeshift sofa is created from wooden ledge which is decorated with cushions
Ta-dah! The process takes roughly six months to complete, with impressive results
Ta-dah! The process takes roughly six months to complete, with impressive results
Power is provided by a gas tank and solar panels and a wood burner keeps the place piping hot, left. The transformation even includes a hipster-approved shower cubicle, right
Yes, it flushes! Craftsman Mr Crago made convenience a priority by adding a working toilet
Yes, it flushes! Craftsman Dean Crago made convenience a priority by adding a working toilet

Dean, who previously worked as a teacher and used to run a cafe, said: ‘I was living inside an old minibus and wanted to be afforded the luxuries of a home, so came up with the idea of restoring a horsebox.

‘They are perfect for this kind of conversion because they offer so much space.

‘I built one for myself first and thought it was something other people might like, so packed in my job and started doing it full time.’

Aesthetically pleasing: Logs are also used to create the feeling of being inside a cabin
Aesthetically pleasing: Logs are also used to create the feeling of being inside a cabin
Stripped bare: The process begins by stripping the inside of the vehicle, such as ripping the flooring and any fittings out to present a blank canvas
Stripped bare: The process begins by stripping the inside of the vehicle, such as ripping the flooring and any fittings out to present a blank canvas

Dean says that the converted horseboxes can be used as regular homes because they contain everything you need. After doing the first one for himself to live in, Dean decided to give up his job and build them full time. The one in these pictures is the seventh one he has converted.

“Our converted vehicles really can be used as full time homes, they have everything you need to live a normal life,” he said.

‘They’re handmade, comfortable, economical and ecological.”

Stylish: All the cabinets, worktops, paneling and flooring is cut from wooden pallets, which are made as thin as possible to maximise space and decrease weight
Stylish: All the cabinets, worktops, paneling and flooring is cut from wooden pallets, which are made as thin as possible to maximise space and decrease weight
Original state: A snapshot of the manure and hay-filled horsebox when it was first acquired 
Original state: A snapshot of the manure and hay-filled horsebox when it was first acquired
As it is today: The vehicle-meets-studio is virtually unrecognisable from its former self 
As it is today: The vehicle-meets-studio is virtually unrecognisable from its former self

The conversions are all hand made, economical and ecological. The company Dean started is called House Box, and while Dean says that it costs him between $39,100 and $78,200 to make them, he would not reveal how much the new owner was buying it for.

Source: Daily Mail