A DIY enthusiast and his business partner transform rusty items from the sea into charming and unique accommodations.
Stuart Snape, 40, and Paul Crossen, 46, both from Lancashire, made a trawler out of the seabed and an old barge that was rusting away.
They even bought an oil rig escape capsule and completely converted it with a new bedroom and outdoor jacuzzi.
While Stewart does most of the manual work, Paul is essential to the “business” side of things.
Husband bought their oil rig escape capsule from eBay and they converted it into a stunning property with a bedroom and outdoor jacuzzi
New look and make up oil escape capsule, with outdoor hammock, jacuzzi and fairy lights
This barge wasn’t going anywhere, so Paul and Stewart gave it a makeover inside and out to make it habitable again.
The barge now features a live green roof, timber deck and stunning interior, and a berth ready for use
Trawler Time: This truck was hauling an old decommissioned fishing boat back so Stewart and Paul could start their work on it
Pictured: Warm, comfortable and dry, this is the bedroom inside the trawler – someone’s amazing lodging
And all items are now available for rental via Four Seasons Glamping Pods, on an island in the Lake Leisure Leisure complex in Southport, Merseyside.
Paul, who works in finance, said: “Stuart will be the first to admit that he’s not that academic, but he has amazing creative and DIY skills.
He has completely transformed the island and transformed many different elements into magical places for people to reside in.
“Stuart has managed to find items that no one else has and those that you never thought of spending the night in. It’s very impressive.
“When he gets something in his head, it gets tunnel vision and makes the image come alive.”
One of their first projects in 2021 was the conversion of an oil rig escape capsule, which Stewart came across on eBay and thought would provide another unique setting for her clients.
Before that: the interior of the oil rig escape capsule was absolutely filthy and uninhabitable before its transformation
WORK IN PROGRESS: This is the oil rig’s escape capsule as it turns, with wood planks applied to the exterior
AFTER: The island’s oil rig escape capsule is set in a stunning exterior, featuring fairy lights, a gravel track, and an outdoor deck.
Inside the oil platform escape capsule: now equipped with comfortable carpet, beds, elegant wooden interior and romantic lamps
The exterior of the oil platform escape capsule – with a wooden deck and lights in the trees to add a relaxing atmosphere
WARM AND COMFORTABLE: The oil rig escape capsule now houses this stunning bedroom, a completely unique place to stay
It needed everything to do – put it right back on the casing, repaint it, make it waterproof and then provide a completely redesigned interior.
But changing that, a year later in 2022, he set his sights on an old fishing vessel.
‘Stuart had his eye on an old fishing boat that sank to the sea floor at Glason Dock,’ said Paul.
He asked if he could take it out and use it for one of his diversions, as he was told he would do them a favor. He arranged a crane, pulled the ship from the seabed, and went to work. Dig a hole, put a fishing vessel in its place, and decorate the area around it.
Stewart removed the interior of the old, dirty structure and decorated it beautifully. It also includes a bar area and a jacuzzi.
You’ll never know he got it out of the dirty water. It’s embarrassing.’
AFTER: The trawler was pulled from the sea floor by a crane – but now has a TV, bar, hot tub and stunning interior
The fishing vessel (pictured) now has a new home on the land, surrounded by a wooden fence and green fence
Better not to think what an old pigeon would have looked like on a trawler, but this one was new, quirky, and elegantly finished.
In October, Elders also purchased a barge they described as an “old, rusty shell.”
Stewart began work on it in May when better weather came along, and restored the mastery to a modern-looking boat hull with a wooden exterior.
Then he added an additional annex that houses a stylish bar area as well as a hot tub.
It is not only the renovation of this project that requires creativity.
Once done, the duo have to move them to the island so they can be prepared for use by the guests.
“Getting materials to the island to complete these shifts, such as cranes, trucks, and construction materials, has been challenging, but we always find a way,” Paul said.
While Stuart did most of the DIY, Paul sorted through the social media, advertising, and commercial side of the glamping project.
Before that: When they first got the barge, it was rotten, wet, filthy, and in need of a complete makeover, which Stewart lovingly did.
During – Stewart works hard on the barge. He does most of the practical work, while Paul is mainly responsible for the administrative side
AFTER: After its conversion, the barge now features a bar area and stylish decor, as well as plenty of green foliage
The barge may inevitably be long and thin on the inside, but the imaginative duo still managed to make a lovely pillow to stay in.
Stewart has devoted his life to perfecting transformations and even lives on the island himself in a caravan.
Paul added: “We have created a complete island experience, and during the summer you feel like you are outside.
It’s like being in a bubble.
I don’t think there is anywhere else in the country where you can vacation in an oil rig escape capsule or a restored fishing vessel, especially if you see the state they were in before Stewart worked their magic.
It is even more impressive that he completed all this work himself. Something amazing.’
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