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Discreet Tiny Home on Wheels: Couple Build Van on a Budget


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Steve and Audra had camped in tents for years when Steve brought up the idea of converting a van. It took a bit for Audra to warm up to it, but eventually, they bought a high-roof Ford Transit and started a 2-plus-year journey to complete the inside.

They wanted to convert the van on a budget and used a lot of reclaimed materials — like the discarded decking that became their ceiling — in order to keep costs down. What’s your favorite part of their conversion?

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Reclaimed Materials and DIY Ingenuity: Couple’s High Roof Ford Transit Van Conversion Journey

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Steve and Audra opted for extended kitchen cabinets, which is not commonly seen in most van conversions. This design choice allowed them to have more storage space and a larger countertop area, making meal prep and cooking more comfortable and efficient while on the road.

Former Tent-Campers Choose DIY Van Conversion 2

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Notice the cat cutout where the litter box hides!

Former Tent-Campers Choose DIY Van Conversion

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • vee
    April 16, 2023, 7:40 pm

    For such a small van — there is much that I like — such as the very deep cabinets for storage, the very cool ceiling, really nice decor in such a limited space tho I didn’t wasn’t able to see more. Love the cat door — wonderful. Good job for these folks who had a limited budget!!

  • Deb Berkebile
    April 17, 2023, 7:06 am

    You two made my inbox today from tiny home newsletter! Great van build!

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