​Couple Renovate Knackered Old Bread Van Into Dream Home For Just £20k

We all know how it is these days. Everybody's skint and no one can even pay for a pint without having to close their eyes and pray that their card doesn't get declined... And that's before anyone has even THOUGHT about the prospect of buying a house - which, let's face it, is just a pipe dream for many of us.

Well, one creative couple have used their loaf by converting an old bread lorry into their dream home - using just £20,000.

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Martin Hill, 38, and Iona Stewart, 27, said they use the five-tonne lorry while they are travelling, as it's cheaper than most accommodation.

The couple, who met during a season in the French Alps, have no plans to settle down anytime soon, preferring instead to make their way around Europe in their old Hovis lorry.

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They're used to using it every winter to snowboard abroad, but Martin has now also sold his house and bar in Nottingham, meaning their unique home will soon be used year-round.

They picked the old lorry up on eBay for just £3,600, before setting about renovating the 28-foot box.

Former landlord Martin said he has done most of the labouring for the project, while Iona - who is a chef from Scotland - has overseen designing the interior. Just £20,000 later (a bloody steal, in housing terms), and the lorry is now their happy home.

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Martin said: "About four years ago after a few too many beers I thought about buying a big American RV.

"We bought the lorry in May this year. We spent four months working on it full-time.

"We are really lucky to not have to work and we did everything ourselves.

"It's amazing what you can do. We are not exactly slumming it."

The couple shared photos from their incredible project on Facebook, where they've been liked and shared thousands of times by impressed social media users.

In the photos you can see how the couple have created a split-floor kitchen and living area, along with a bedroom and en suite bathroom.

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The kitchen also has all the mod-cons - including an oven, hob and varnished wooden surface - and the living area has a comfy grey sofa and wood-burning stove, while a cosy bedroom sits just off the living room, with a fully fitted wardrobe and a storage unit.

To be honest, it looks nicer than any home I could ever dream of owning, so fair play to them!

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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