Everyone wants to travel the world but there’s always so many conflicting factors. How does one travel the world without having to worry about paying rent or utility bills? If you’re always on the go, what’s the point of paying good money for a home you’re barely in?
Adam Croft and Nikki Pepperell faced this exact problem when they were struggling to find a home that wasn’t too costly. The idea of living in a car started out as a joke but began to sound better and more possible as time went by. Before they knew it, their “joke” became a real life project. The end result: a super affordable mobile apartment.
The couple wanted a large van that they would be easy to buy replacement parts for anywhere in the world. They ended up choosing the Ford Transit Luton Box van.
The Ford Transit Luton Box van also happens to be one of the largest vehicles any person can drive — meaning you don’t need a specialized license, just a standard driver’s license.
Prior to any of the physical work, they designed the layout using Google SketchUp, a free 3D modeling software.
After they finished the design, they started marking the van in chalk.
After insulating the walls and floor, they added a layer of thin plywood and then a layer of pine boards.
The floor is laminate for now, but they might change it to vinyl later on as it weighs less.
The electricity is generated and stored while the van is driven and also via a solar panel on top of the van.
It provides power for all the lights and even the water pump.
The heat comes from a custom-made wood stove that was made to fit the small space while still being able to accept bigger logs.
The sofa they’ve added to their new “home” has a built-in storage that can be pulled out as drawers. This is a perfect addition as it allows they to save space and store things at the same time.
The two admitted they had little to no woodworking experience prior to this big project. Nonetheless, the place came out pretty nice!
Although the toilet and shower are compact, they’re not cramped. When emptying needs to be done, the cassette toilet pulls out.
The shower uses its own pump so when a hot shower is desired, the water can be heated on the stove before washing.
From the entrance of the van, you can definitely see how compact the space really is. Yet they somehow have managed to make it not feel cramped.
You can get a pretty good view of the kitchen from the opposite side. Although it’s small, it offers everything they need.
From the opposite side, you get another good look at the kitchen, and a peak at the storage shelves across from it.