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From No Construction Experience to a Van Conversion with Shower & Murphy Bed


Vanlife, like “normal” life, has changed since the pandemic, and Nate & Izzy built their unique campervan with COVID restrictions in mind. They made space for a shower and portable toilet just in case gyms close down again, and they went with a cool murphy bed set-up I haven’t yet seen in a van.

When the murphy bed is up, they have a bench space with a fold-down table for eating meals and working, and when it’s down they have a cozy spot to snuggly up and watch TV. They DIY-ed their countertops with a bunch of 1×2 lumber, and used a salad bowl from Amazon for their stylish sink.

And just to inspire you, Izzy and Nate had never built so much as a birdhouse before taking on this challenge! Check out a full tour of how they made it all work at the end of the post. Brought to us by Tiny Home Tours.

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COVID-Ready Van Complete with Shower/Toilet!

From No Construction Experience to a Van Conversion with Shower & Murphy Bed

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Here they are sitting with the murphy bed up.

From No Construction Experience to a Van Conversion with Shower & Murphy Bed

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They made a nice closet area for storage.

From No Construction Experience to a Van Conversion with Shower & Murphy Bed

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Such a stealth rig.

From No Construction Experience to a Van Conversion with Shower & Murphy Bed

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VIDEO: TN1 Sprinter w/ Shower, Toilet & Murphy Bed

Highlights:

  • Tiled shower stall
  • Water heater in the shower
  • Porta potty in shower area
  • DIY countertops
  • Corner refrigerator
  • Murphy bed

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Natalie C. McKee

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 two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar Theresa Perdue
    November 12, 2020, 11:08 am

    For two novice builders they have made themselves a wonderful home. I love the way everything is so well thought out for instance the electric being able to be accessed without having to tear into anything and the bathroom just in case.
    I would definitely gamble on them doing very well in the future.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      November 12, 2020, 2:17 pm

      I can’t believe they did so well as novices. They’re naturals.

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan
    November 12, 2020, 11:59 am

    For no experience, you did a great job! It’s lovely, and the shower is so clever. The Murphy bed is a great idea, too. Happy trails!

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