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The happiest campers

Reclaimed wood, stained glass, pretty tiles Handcrafted shifts are giving old-fashioned vans a new life. By Emma Love

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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.

Representation this: Bella. Picture: Quirky Campers

In Bristol theres Priscilla, whose proprietor hired a Herefordshire company announced Rustic Campers to form the interior, which includes kitchen closets made from the old floorboards of a Welsh chapel and childrens bunk beds with canvas sewn by a yurt maker.

Our business is built on the basis that theres a growing trend for people wanting something handcrafted and handmade, and that applies to all the cavities they spend time in, including camper vans, replies Bill Goddard. A former tree surgeon, he set up Rustic Campers with his wife Becks in 2008 after someone wanted to buy the 1970 s Leyland FG that they had refurbished and were living in. Now, dwelling for the couple who flow a glamping area alongside taking committees for custom-built shifts applying locally sourced materials is a shepherd shanty. For us its an entire life. All weve known for the past nine years is small-space living and, every wintertime, we travel around in Europe in a Mercedes Sprinter.

For Cornish duet Lauren Smith and Calum Creasey, a handcrafted van also isnt just for holidays. Seven years ago they bought a Volkswagen T4, which they mentioned the Rolling Home, and wholly altered it themselves exploiting largely reclaimed pine.

Window on “the worlds”: wooden van interior with stained glass. Photo: Quirky Campers

I exactly looked at the seat and tried to make it as liveable and ergonomic as possible, withdraws Creasey of the van which has batch of nifty designing items from a pull-out bed and wall storage to patterned ceramic handles on the cabinet doors.

After advancing more than 80,000 miles across Europe in the Rolling Home, the couple became their storey into a Kickstarter-funded book and now publish a quarterly gazette that celebrates alternative living. Numerous beings are plotted by camper vans. On a deeper height, if you think about issues such as the home crisis and intensity habit, living in small-time cavities can make a lot of sense, but they are also catalysts for connecting beings through wanderlust and escapism.

It exclusively takes a speedy move through Instagram feeds such as @vanlifediaries( full of images of those who live in vans all over “the worlds”) and @tincanhomestead( artist Natasha Lawyer, who revamped and lives in a 1972 Airstream Sovereign with her husband and puppies in Seattle) to want to pack up and is part of this camper van community, even if only for a short time. Run back a few years and camper vans would often be fitted out with inexpensive fabrics, such as chipboard and poor-quality laminate, remarks Creasey. Now people are realising that if you waste a little bit more day and use great cloths, these small-time rooms can become incredible standalone patterns in their own right.

If I were a carpenter: a van interior from Rustic Campers.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ lifeandstyle/ 2017/ jun/ 25/ the-happiest-campers-in-handcrafted-converted-vans

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