Courtney and James journey the world in their very own cellular house (Image: Caters Information)
Courtney Stevens, 27, and her associate James Mechan, 32, weren’t eager to stay to the standard path of settling down and shopping for a home.
As a substitute, they determined to take the street much less travelled by shopping for a van, giving it a DIY makeover, and dwelling inside it.
They now stay of their camper van full-time, travelling across the UK and Europe.
Courtney, a communications supervisor from Skipton in Yorkshire, mentioned: ‘We determined we wished to stay in a camper van in order that we may really feel freer and fewer constrained by the standard life ladder.
‘It additionally gave us an excuse to ruthlessly purge our belongings and take inventory of what possessions have been necessary to us.
‘By dwelling in a 5metre by 2metre area you solely preserve what you want and what brings you pleasure.’
The couple discovered the right van on eBay and acquired it for £6,500 earlier than attending to work on turning the car right into a cellular house.
The couple purchased a van for £6,500 then spent £14,500 turning it into a house (Image: @Drivingdeedee / CATERS NEWS)
Your complete transformation price £14,500 – and took a whole lot of time and onerous work.
‘We knew that we didn’t need a plain white van, so once we noticed this vivid daring orange van we immediately beloved it,’ mentioned Courtney. ‘It had good mileage for its age and had the least bumps and scrapes in comparison with others that we noticed.
‘It took us 18 months to finish the transformation of the van.
‘We have been each working full time so we spent the weekends and evenings engaged on it.
‘We did all the things ourselves, and we’re full DIY novices. We didn’t even know how you can put a shelf up earlier than the van venture.
The van has a big mattress that doubles as a settee (Image: @Drivingdeedee / CATERS NEWS)
‘So I believe this additionally why it took so lengthy as a result of we have been studying how you can do stuff on the job. All the things from the plumbing to the carpentry.
‘We used Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube to assist us with our analysis for the venture, to offer us inspiration for the format, seeing what labored finest and adorning the inside.’
The tip result’s fairly spectacular.
The van is now a classy area kitted out with all the things Courtney and James want for on a regular basis life, together with thermostat heating to see them by means of the chilly climate.
Courtney mentioned: ‘The van has a moist room with a sizzling water bathe and a bathroom.. There may be over-head wardrobe area for all of our belongings and a sitting space that converts to an especially cozy tremendous king-size mattress.
Oh, and their canine joins them on the journey (Image: @Drivingdeedee / CATERS NEWS)
‘We now have photo voltaic panels on the roof which powers all of our gadgets, we even have Wi-Fi which permits us to do our jobs remotely and work on the street.
‘There may be additionally a kitchen space with a sink and working sizzling water, giant fridge and a conveyable range.’
The couple, who doc their travels at @DrivingDeeDee, are so pleased with their new camper van and love the liberty of house being wherever they resolve to drive.
‘Transferring into our van has been excellent for us,’ mentioned Courtney. ‘We wished to have the ability to journey extra, so dwelling in a van would give us the flexibility to discover extra and likewise restricted our influence on the surroundings.
‘We simply weren’t prepared for the entire quiet down and purchase a home factor. We wished a greater work-life stability, so this appeared like the right answer.
Courtney and James say the van has given them a significantly better work/life stability (Image: @Drivingdeedee / CATERS NEWS)
‘As soon as we had accomplished the transformation of the van, it was so rewarding to step again and see the top end result.
‘We had an actual sense of accomplishment, we had devoted a lot time and onerous work, we have been so happy with it.
‘We thought “wow, now we have actually constructed this”. We couldn’t consider it was lastly full and we may transfer in.
‘We love dwelling within the van and with the ability to journey to wherever we like whereas engaged on the go. We now have no plans of not dwelling within the van any time quickly.’
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