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Teen turns old barge into a luxury home in just eight weeks

Oh buoy: Billy
with mum Jayne
and sister Matilda
on the canal boat
he renovated in
just eight weeks
PICTURES: CATERS

MOST kids his age spend every spare moment playing video games or glued to YouTube.

But talented teenager Billy Walden used his time to transform an old canal boat into a luxury holiday home for his mum Jayne and 11-year-old sister Matilda.

Room with a stew: The wood panelled kitchen complete with oven

The boat was picked up by Jayne, 47, to give him something to do — after he had already renovated a motorhome.

Billy, 18, of Bentham, in North Yorkshire, said: ‘After I’d previously renovated a campervan, I wanted to do something bigger and better, and my mum just happened to come across the boat.’

Living the dream: The living area Billy created using his carpentry skills

It should have cost £12,000 but Jayne got it for £5,000 because it was in such a state. Just eight weeks and £2,800 later, Billy had finished the project.

Billy whizz: The teenager hard at work

He said: ‘It took a lot of hard work as it needed completely restructuring. There’s rooms for both Matilda and I, a bath, open-plan glass doors that lead on to the deck and even car seats I bought from a local scrapyard.’