Reclaimed wood, stained glass, pretty tiles Handcrafted shifts are giving old-fashioned vans a new life. By Emma Love
Old removal vans dont conjure up a perception of joyous vacations. Yet increasingly these vehicles are being lovingly proselytized and handcrafted into camper vans that are used both for lease and as permanent homes.
Lindsay Berresford kitted out Bella, a Mercedes Sprinter, as a dwelling. With her husband David, they contributed carved wooden panelling, a rustic kitchen and a handmade wood-burning stove. In 2010, when they signed up for a stint of volunteer work in Kenya, they decided to see if they could hire her out. We could only find VW vans or plastic terrific motor homes for hire online, remembers Berresford. We presumed there was no grocery for vans like Bella but, at the same period, couldnt is argued that no one would want to payment her.
Bella turned out to be so favourite that on their render the couple set up Quirky Campers , now a 30 -strong( and rapidly growing) collective of camper van owners who rent out their vehicles when theyre not using them. Theres Finn in the West Midlands, a Mercedes Vito with an oak and cedar Scandinavian-style aesthetic; a Citron Relay called Cleopatra in Devon boasting a stained-glass window, a copper panel rescued from an old-fashioned water tank and walls painted racing green.