Tiny houses are an ever-growing trend, especially as space and materials become scarcer. People now realize that big footprints come with big consequences for our fragile planet, so tiny living can help make those footprints a little smaller. Many people are ditching the suburban ideal and opting for something more unique and compact. What”s even cooler is that many are making their homes themselves.
That”s what Dipa Vasudeva Das decided to do. For Das, mobility was key. Instead of building a mobile home from scratch, he opted for a big renovation instead.
At first, this was just your average white van.
The inside was also pretty boring, but Das had a vision.
Once he figured out a plan, he immediately got to work.
First, he mapped out all of the under-floor storage.
He covered the walls with wooden beams to get rid of that industrial vibe.
He also added an awesome skylight.
After hours of work, the interior was finished.
The furniture is cleverly secured so that nothing rattles around while he”s on the go.
He even added a little wood-burning stove.
He traded in those factory doors for some wooden ones. They make the van feel much more welcoming.
Under the doors are two pull-out storage units. They lock from the outside so nothing gets stolen.
One of the doors has a removable panel to let in light and fresh air.
The back of the van opens to reveal this fold-out patio. Who doesn”t love some extra hangout space?
There”s also more storage. This is where Das keeps his bikes when he”s not using them.
Das travels around in his home so that he can meet new people and share his photography at festivals. He also likes to host parties, so he needs the interior to be warm, inviting, and accommodating.
This little table can be pulled up if he needs to do some work on the computer…
…and extra seating can be folded out to accommodate guests.
Speaking of guests, the van can hold quite a few of them!
At night, the living space can be cleared to make room for a fairly large bed.
That floorboard storage is a real lifesaver.
As for the wood-burning stove, it gives the place a cozy glow and some heat in the winter.
And it works well, since Das installed a chimney to take care of the smoke.
Das takes his van on all kinds of adventures, setting up camp with the help of a few outdoor accessories.
Draping some tapestries over the van helps it look a little cozier.
(via 22 Words)
Das spends his time traveling around so that he can share his photographs and music with the people he encounters along the way. His mission is to spread a philosophy of peace.
You can read more about his awesome adventures on his blog.