For many the dream of having a bolt hole or a place to escape from their hectic lives can seem unobtainable. Architect George Clarke shows how such big dreams can be achieved in small and affordable places. George delves into the extraordinary world of small builds to meet the highly creative people who are taking tiny, unpromising spaces and creating the most incredible places to live and work and play. There are homes made out of shipping containers, horseboxes, and old buses. Others are building tiny huts or incredible treehouses in the middle of the woods.
George meets a Dorset couple building a room with great views over Chesil Beach. There's also a doggie campervan, and a remote lodge made almost entirely of glass in New Zealand.Watch Now:Amazon
George meets two brothers who can't afford to get on the property ladder and plan to transform a fire-damaged narrow boat into a luxury bachelor pad. George also meets a police officer from Somerset who wants to convert an old campervan and caravan into a mobile cream-tea business. And in Texas, George and Will discover an extraordinary 1950s trailer on the edge of the desert.
In a special edition of George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, the architect follows his friend, eco-designer Max McMurdo, as he works on his own project. Having sold his house, he plans to use the £50,000 profit to build a custom-designed floating home in a 40ft shipping container, mooring it in a local marina and beginning a new life on the water. As well as following Max's progress, George gets a taste for the lifestyle, visiting a cutting-edge wraparound glass house near Canary Wharf in London's Docklands and travelling to Denmark, a nation responsible for some of the most ingenious floating homes in Europe.
In the first episode of the new series, George meets a couple planning to transform a tiny 60s ambulance into a campervan where the family of six can cook, eat and sleep. He also meets an artist who has commissioned an incredible giant wooden floating egg to use as a work/ living space. George also discovers a novel way of turning a suburban basement in Nottingham into a 4800-gallon aquarium. And George and William find the perfect location for an incredible country retreat.
George Clarke's back with more amazing small space designs. He meets a couple creating a disappearing bathroom and a man squeezing a camper into a Reliant Robin, and plans his hardest-ever build...
This series proves that a small budget is no match for a big imagination. George meets an old friend in Norfolk who sees the potential in the most unpromising of spaces - an old sewage works. With no plans, no budget and just 'brute force and ignorance' - Reuben's audacious idea to create a unique chill out space for his family, including a self-supporting dome roof and a circular carp pond, could be the most incredible Amazing Space ever. George also travels over 5,000 miles exploring Japan. This week features a breathtaking chapel made of intertwining concrete ribbons, where bride and groom tie the knot in the heavens. In the Midlands, a father and daughter work together on salvaging a dilapidated childhood tree house with a budget of just £300. And George and Will continue building a giant toy tree house, and are inspired by a modern tree pavilion. They set about figuring out a way to bring George's impossible childhood fantasy to life using the most unlikely of vegetables.
George meets a man who bought the wreck of a £20 million private jet for just £4000 and plans to transform it into the ultimate crash pad. There's a gypsy tattoo artist who swapped his truck for an old railway carriage, which he hopes to turn into a home for only £7000. George plans a woodland retreat for less than the price of a family holiday and visits a breathtaking property in Italy.
George meets a carpenter hoping to turn a double-decker bus into a holiday retreat, a couple who have quit their jobs and thrown their life savings into designing a boat hotel, and a house in Oxford made of mud and straw. And George and William's tree house dream now includes an alfresco camping deck made out of a giant motorway drainage pipe.
George meets a Manchester couple who discovered a hidden basement in their new home and decided to spend their nest egg turning it into an underground casino. He also meets a woman building her own shop for £5000. In Texas, George visits a tiny home made entirely from salvaged materials and a caravan buried deep underground in case the apocalypse arrives. And an East End garden conversion leaves George green with envy.
George visits a canal boat that's been revamped as the ultimate bachelor pad as he prepares to unveil his deluxe family caravan. Having bought a 1970s caravan for just £300, George and his team have spent months turning it into an extraordinary holiday home for him and his family, including a bespoke kitchen, a wood burning stove, innovative bedrooms as well as a beautiful deck that will enable him and his family to take in the most breathtaking views. And George meets a man whose simple plan of converting a shipping container into a garden office proved anything but.
George meets a couple so desperate to get onto the housing ladder that they're making their own home out of scrap. And there's drama in the workshop with the beach hut project.
George meets a man who drunkenly bought a 1920s showman's carriage on eBay, but quickly sobered up when he saw the poor condition it was in. He visits a holiday home built from an old World War II vehicle and follows the build of Britain's most landlocked beach hut, based in Birmingham. And George faces a major setback with his own project to create an ultra-modern holiday home out of a 1970s caravan, when he discovers the windows he's ordered are actually meant for a boat.
George meets Ali and Rich, who hope to salvage one of the rarest caravans made. And in Devon, Nick wants to build a garden studio for his mother-in-law out of a dog house.
George and Will Hardie aim to build a beach hut that can sleep four and float, but they only have six square metres. They seek inspiration from a high-end hut in Dorset, an ingenious space-saving houseboat in Germany and a 'half house' in London.
A VW gets a transformation, a bomb shelter's converted into a bijou bar.
In Cornwall, Rebecca and Damian are trading in their house for an American trailer known as a Silver Streak. And in Torquay, George meets inspirational ex-cabbie Caroline.
In Lincolnshire, a couple are adding a dance floor to a rare campervan, while a small Stirlingshire business converts a Sea King helicopter into luxury overnight accommodationWatch Now:Amazon
George meets a teacher building a classroom in a salvaged jet and a Devon couple turning a cricket scorebox into a garden hang out. There's also a steel treehouse in New Zealand.Watch Now:Amazon
George and Will's floating beach hut goes to sea. There's also a festival campervan made from an American school bus and a family home in Germany built in an old grain silo.
George meets a woman who wants to build a shop and a mobile home out of an old horsebox, but she only has £500 to spend. He meets a couple who are creating a holiday let out of a 1960s milk float. He visits an extraordinary 100-foot-long balancing barn, half of which is hanging over the edge of the Sussex countryside. And George and William make plans for a rectangular pod for their tree house.
George meets a man trying to build a UFO-styled house; a woman making a garden room using material including earth, straw and human hair; and visits a floating swimming pool in Italy
In the last episode of the series George's garden build is finally revealed and it's time to see if he's transformed his unloved narrow strip of back garden into a magical and creative family space. In Cambridgeshire, he meets a DIY perfectionist, who's hoping to create the smallest ever campervan for him and his two boys. And in Somerset, he meets a man with a plan for a cheese van.
George meets a couple who have remortgaged their house to build a sensational prototype apartment inspired by a beehive. There's also a barman who has bought a dilapidated Land Rover he plans to convert into a cocktail bar. George finds himself in a real life UFO, suspended in the trees at a tree hotel in a Swedish forest. And in Bordeaux, he meets an architect who has created a unique 41-metre-square one-bed apartment behind the façade of a garage.
George meets motorbike racer Ollie, who's fed up with sleeping in the back of a transit van when away at competitions and wants to transform a double decker coach into a Japanese-style pod hotel. George and Will's road trip across Texas takes in a building entirely made of rubbish. And George's own garden build takes shape as he and Will attempt to erect the entire studio structure in 15 minutes. George meets the man who helped his daughter onto the property ladder by building her a home in his back garden for just £12,000. There's also James, who designed a truly accessible glamping pod after being left bedridden for eight months following a car crash. George also meets Barny and Katus who, inspired by an old family photo, are building a horse drawn caravan that will be home to their family as they make a tour across the UK and France at the end of the summer.
Cornish adaptive surfer Pegleg plans to extend his VW campervan by creating a new cabin from scratch, while Martin and Carol-Anne want to build a glamping pod in their Pembrokeshire garden, using a dome that originally housed an electricity generator at the London Olympics. George also visits an earthquake-resistant glass house on the coast of western Japan, and looks at aluminium panels as a new kind of canopy for his treehouse.