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 within an existing layout.
For 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 we can plan your conversion from the beginning alongside approved workshops.
You can come to me at any stage of your project to discuss how to bring your vision from concept to reality.
From an initial set of measurements of your van, the interior layout will be modelled using 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 design for these interior units has been inspired by joinery in wooden boats, where both structural integrity and versatility of space is essential.
A wooden interior won’t necessarily weigh you down. With each project my signature design has evolved to optimise the materials used to produce slimmer and lighter units, so that what looks solid from the outside won’t hold you back.
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.
Listed below are the main factors to consider when deciding your specification:
Seating and bed configuration
Insulation / carpet lining / wood cladding
Windows / roof lights / poptop roofs
Refrigeration - side loading / top loading / portable electric cooler box
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