Bird Box | Campervan Conversions
2016 VW Caddy Maxi Highline campervan for sale with low-emission Euro 6 Bluemotion engine.
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Van conversions


A custom van conversion gives you the freedom to buy the van of your choice and build a personal living space that feels like home.


I specialise in natural wooden interiors, handcrafted to the design and finish of your choice. Services range from providing entire interior suites to building individual units of furniture to fit wihin an existing layout.


For medium to large van conversions I partner with specialists to fit the major electrical, LPG and plumbing systems and any other structural installations such as windows and poptop roofs. You can commission me at any stage of your project, or I can manage your full conversion alongside approved workshops.


You can come to me at any stage of your project to discuss how we can bring your vision from concept to reality.


From an initial set of measurements of your van, the interior layout will be drawn up using 3D CAD software. This design can be modified until you are happy to proceed, at which point the interior will be handcrafted to the specification of your choice.


While I outsource certain areas of a full van conversion to specialist partner workshops (such as pop-top roofs, windows and other major system installations) I am just as happy for you to source these directly and commission me for the interior cabinetry alone.


The conversion will be made to meet the the DVLA’s internal specification for a ‘motor caravan‘, but V5C changes remain at the discretion of the DVLA who updated their external specification in 2019.


The design for these interior units has been inspired by joinery in wooden boats, where both structural integrity and versatility of space is essential.


With each project my signature design has developed to optimise the materials used to create light weight structures, so that what looks solid from the outside won’t weigh you down on the road.


Natural wood will expand and contract with changing atmospheric conditions, so my cabinets and doors are made to accommodate the shifting wood as it is exposed to different levels of temperature and humidity.


The cabinets and worktops are treated with a hard-wearing wax oil, but care should still be taken to prevent long-term moisture build up and pooling on any surface.


There are a whole host of features to consider when designing a van conversion, and the final specification will naturally have a significant bearing on the price.


The main considerations will be your interior layout and how this will incorporate your sleeping arrangement. The next step is to select the extent of the appliances you would like, which will inform what electrical, LPG and plumbing systems will be required to supply them.


I’ve listed below the main factors to consider when deciding your specification:

Choice of quality hardwoods and marine-grade fixings

Seating and bed configuration

Insulation / carpet lining / wood panelling

Windows / roof lights / poptop roofs

Refridgeration - side loading / top loading / portable electric coolbox

Kitchen - Gas oven, grill & hob burners - combination or separate units

Combination sink with hob burner or separate units / cold or mixer taps

Fresh and waste water storage and plumbing system

Hot water - Usually gas and/or 240v - for internal taps and showers or an external shower hose point

Blown air heater - powered by gas, underslung beneath the vehicle and ducted into the interior

Toilets - built in cassette toilets or storage for movable Porta Pottis

Underslung gas tank with filler for service station top up / Internal locker for replaceable cylinders

LED lighting array

Sockets and USB charger points

Leisure batteries - regular / AGM / lithium

Inverters to convert 12v power to 240v mains when off-grid

Inlet for 240v mains hook up

Solar panels & smart battery chargers