RESUME: summer with the van

So with no car experiences and with just a few previous construction projects I started to slowly transform my beloved van into a living area.

Summer is over, autumn is nearly over and winter is coming. I could say that it´s the best season coming but I won´t favor any of them, but I´m very exited about all the new experiences this coming season will give. More about the coming season later, now I will focus on the awesome summer I had. I thought that a resume about the work I have done in the van this far could be a great end of this season before I start a new. As you know, I live in seasons. When the season changes, I change and so do the blog.

Okey, so I guess everyone did noticed that I have been working on my home on wheels project this summer. Which basically means that in the spring this year I did bought a van, a 99 born VW transporter tdi 2,5 with a raised roof. My idea was to create a movable home and it has been my dream since I was a kid, to have my own vw bus to drive around the world with. The dream was not to have a home build one in the beginning but time did pass and the dream did slowly change until I finally decided that I wanted to create my own tiny home.

So with no car experiences and with just a few previous construction projects I started to slowly transform my beloved van into a living area. Luckily we live in a time where we have internet and social medias, the best source of information in situations like this. I stated to isolate the van, the floor, walls and roof. I added a nice wood floor and I made a hole in the roof for a rooftop window, as it´s important to get some fresh air inside. I have tried to stay with a low budget and to use only already used materials. Recycling is the base in my projects and lifestyle and of course even in this project. Almost all interior in the van is recycled materials.

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It´s important to have smart and usable storage in a tiny home like this. I wanted to be able to cook and sleep inside the van so a proper kitchen and bed was needed, as I love snowboarding I also wanted it to be easy to storage one or two boards with equipment’s inside. This things created the base and from that I started to work. I created  a bed which is also a sofa and underneath there is a lot of space to fit at least two boards. I found some beautiful old drawers which I wanted to use and together with an aluminium bench which came with the van when I bought it, they become the kitchen. I wanted the van to be easily built but still practical and elegant. To have tap water in the kitchen was a wish but without electricity there was a problem. I solved it by inserting a tap which is working with a hand pump and are connected to a 15 liters water canister. It´s easy to refill and I also have space for an extra canister for long trips. I made some curtains to be able to have some privacy and some shelves which will serve as a wardrobe.

There is still things to do and I think that this kind of projects can never be fully finished. There is always improvements to do and new ideas which comes along while using it. The base is done and I´m really happy about how it turned out to be and the first summer together with my beloved van will stay with me forever. I can´t wait to see what kind of adventures the van will bring to my life in the coming seasons. If you want to know more about the van and the summer adventures all details can be found here.

I will now leave the van for a while and move on to the next season which I will spend in Breuil-Cervinia, Italy. So with this post I´m now changing from summer to winter.

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