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Woodworker Sells House, Builds Incredible Van 

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This woodworker had been thinking of vanlife for about 6 years, but when he neared his 30th birthday he decided it was time for a change for himself and his dogs. He sold his house, outfitted a gorgeous stealth van (he’s a woodworker, so the woodwork is amazing!), and hit the road.

While he planned to start a trip from Alaska to Argentina a few months back, that plan got derailed by COVID. That said, it’s still in the works for the future. For now, he’s enjoying getting in touch with himself on the road.

You don’t want to miss the video tour of this unique build, that fits the bedroom into the front of the build.

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Woodworker’s Amazing Van with Front Bedroom

He Sold His House To Chase VanLife with His Dogs

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His gorgeous pups are ready for the road!

He Sold His House To Chase VanLife with His Dogs 2

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Look at that bamboo ceiling! So cute.

He Sold His House To Chase VanLife with His Dogs 3

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Here’s his huge kitchen! He loves to cook.

He Sold His House To Chase VanLife with His Dogs 5

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Woodworker Sold His House & Build a DIY Stealth Van


  • Bed in the front of the build
  • Giant chef’s kitchen
  • Beautiful mermaid tail tile
  • Cedar interior
  • Bamboo mat ceiling
  • Traveling with 2 dogs
  • Planning an Alaska to Argentina trip

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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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  • Alison
    October 3, 2020, 2:38 pm

    I’m always curious about insulation—did he insulate the walls and ceiling? I like how spacious it feels, due to his design and decor. Great plan for a guy who loves to cook. I wonder where the video was filmed; I like that campground.

    • Keith light
      March 5, 2021, 3:41 pm

      I’ve camperized a van, and the process i used to insulate was to use a self adhesive tin foil type vapor barrier first. That’s important to keep moisture and deaden the sound. Then I glued on dense styrofoam. Then I put in 12 volt and 120 volt wiring, either cut into the styrofoam, or down the vans framing.

  • Delos Turner
    October 3, 2020, 3:43 pm

    Wow I love his wood work skills very nice.

  • Sandy
    October 3, 2020, 5:19 pm

    Thanks for the idea of bedroom up front. I’m working on a floorpan for a short Skoolie and really hate blocking the “back door” with a bed to climb over. Would be great to have the kitchen/seating area next to an open door. Now to figure out how to fit a wet bath/composting toilet into the mix!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 5, 2020, 2:19 pm

      I saw someone put their bathroom in the back of the bus, so it was easy to empty their composting toilet!

  • Marsha Cowan
    October 3, 2020, 6:39 pm

    Wow! That is the most beautiful van conversion I have ever seen, and so livable. It is a piece of art! You thought of everything. Amazing work, incredible story. Keep us posted of other projects you do.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 5, 2020, 2:14 pm

      My daughter was especially in love with the “mermaid” tiles haha.

  • David Pedersen
    October 4, 2020, 2:19 am

    Nice craftsmanship. Though it looks more like a kitchen on wheels.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 5, 2020, 2:08 pm

      From what he said in the video, that’s what he wanted most of all.

  • Theresa Perdue
    October 5, 2020, 9:12 am

    That is beautiful. He’s quite talented. I hope he gets to make his trip because I think his van building business will really take off.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 5, 2020, 2:03 pm

      Ya that sounds like such an amazing trip!

  • Amber
    March 5, 2021, 10:41 am

    This is amazing and sparks so many ideas! I wouldn’t need nearly so large of a kitchen so I can see how my family of three could do this for trips. I’ve seen ads for a little portable toilet pop up while reading these posts, and even a little pop up ‘changing room tent’ which could hold it. Hose it all down and tuck it into a little cupboard or on a platform or roof rack when not in use and you have an emergency/night time set up while camping. As a kid, we had a camper van – my brother slept in the bunk under the extendable roof and a canvas stretched across the cab for a little bunk that was mine. If I could figure out how to do it, I could stick my daughter – who also loves the mermaid tile – in there! In a van made to last, we could even add a little pull behind camper as we take these tiny steps toward the ultimate tiny home dream. Every time I start to feel despondent about ever making these dreams a reality, you find a way to keep the gloomy inspired!

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