Guy Williams is a man of many talents. He’s a traveler, designer, carpenter, and, now, he’s the man you’d call upon to turn your truck or van into a house on wheels.
Guy left behind the 9-5 grind in favor of life on the road, designing and building things for whoever wanted them. One of his first projects was a rusty horsebox that he turned into an alpine cabin on wheels, and then he turned his attention to a 2002 Ford Iveco Cargo, which he transformed into a luxurious mobile home named Val.
Val is a C1 7.5-tonne truck that cost him £5,500, and his only goal was to see how far he could push a truck conversion while he had free time over the COVID-19 lockdown.
Guy started his conversion by stripping everything back, chalking out a design on the floor, and coming up with some crazy ideas that just seemed to work. His truck now has a beautiful dining space, spa, and bedroom, with two pocket-sprung sofa/beds, a dining table, a drop-down king-size bed on an electric winch that lowers from the ceiling, and a hideaway jacuzzi bath under the floor of all places!
The truck also boasts bunk beds, a generous kitchen, and a wet shower room with a composting toilet and hand basin. These are taken care of with a 125L fresh water tank, a 250L bath water tank, and a 250L grey water tank.
The entire project took Guy 12 weeks of hard work, which he says was entirely worth it. Guy says that if you’ve ever thought about breaking free from your daily routine, just do it.
“I can’t recommend it enough. Life’s too short to regret you never bought a van.”
Guy Williams purchased a 2002 Ford Iveco Cargo, a C1 7.5-tonne truck, for £5,500 and transformed it into a luxury home on wheels in 12 weeks during the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK.
Knowing he would be paying a flat rate to be parked up for three months with electric hookups, he opted for mostly electric appliances, including an electric oven, induction hobs, and even electric underfloor heating. All sockets, including those for the projector and screen, are 240-volt.
Guy William’s truck conversion features all double-glazed windows, double-glazed French doors, and a skylight to let natural light pour in throughout the day.
The interior is as rustic and charming as they come. The kitchen unit was originally a dresser that Guy purchased off eBay for £100. There was enough space to install a Belfast sink in the center, and Guy had enough wood left over to make extension pieces.
His kitchen unit also allowed enough room for a fridge, drawer unit, and bin cupboard that blended in seamlessly with the rest of the reclaimed wood throughout the truck.
The dresser kitchen unit was then paired with an old pine worktop to match, and all the cladding and doors feature reclaimed wood.
The charming wood kitchen has all the conveniences of a modern kitchen in your average home, such as a 12-volt Inlander fridge powered by two 115aH leisure batteries, a 240-volt oven and double hob, and 240-volt electric underfloor heating above the gorgeous slate floor.
Guy’s goal from the very beginning was to build a truck that could comfortably sleep four without having to turn the living room sofa into a bed. He opted to include two bunks and a king-size drop-down bed.
Initially, he planned to make the bunks large enough for children, but as the truck was wide enough, he was able to make them nearly six feet long while still having space for a wardrobe, two drawers, and a toilet and wash basin that slide into the shower room. Like the rest of the truck, the bunk beds and cabinetry feature the same charming rustic wood.
The bathroom could have easily been an afterthought, but Guy put a lot of effort into this space. It’s located next to the bunk beds and uses wasted space in the corner of the truck. Guy installed a composting toilet and basin that slide on heavy-duty drawer slides from under the bottom bunk.
Through clever design, Guy was able to incorporate three separate rooms into one 10m3 space: a bedroom, a living room, and a bathroom.
Because he had 2.4 meters to play with, he was able to install sofas facing each other. The homely soft furnishings and curtains come courtesy of Guy’s talented mother. This living space also provides access to the outdoors via the double-glazed French doors.
Within moments, the lounge room can be quickly converted into a dining room, courtesy of the rustic detachable table. It boasts plenty of space for dining, work, or play.
As space is valuable in any house on wheels, Guy decided to include a drop-down bed so that he didn’t have to create a whole separate bedroom. After seeing that chain mechanisms for beds were £2,500 to purchase new, he decided to make his own with a four-point pulley system connected to a 12-volt electric winch. While noisy, it cost him less than £200.
Because the truck is so tall, the ceiling has a lot of wasted space, and adding a bed up there made sense. Even with the bed elevated, there’s still plenty of room to stand underneath.
Creating the bed took time, but it allowed Guy to flex his creative muscles. He reused aluminum from the original beds, and his friend welded them to create a new frame. Guy then used tracks and rollers from the original door at the truck’s rear to function as the guides on each corner of the bed.
The jacuzzi bath is perhaps the most significant feature of Guy’s truck conversion, which is located under the floor and is accessible by folding the couches against the wall.
The jacuzzi bath hidden under the living room floor features a bath water recycling filter system to prevent water wastage.
Cold winter nights need never be a problem in Guy’s truck, especially since he installed a Hobbit wood-burning stove from Salamander Stoves. This heats the entire truck efficiently and is positioned on a table that allows for effortless wood storage underneath.
You can keep up with Guy Williams’ amazing work on Instagram @thefatponyworkshop