One way in which they do that is through modularity, and the flagship Nook model is a good example of that. Based on the 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter van, this conversion aims for the company's "most agile design with everything you need to get lost." Few words, big mission if we ever saw one.
If tiny houses are a downsizing challenge, van conversions are even more so due to their even more compact footprint. Compromise is the name of the game, and in the case of vanlifers, it almost always translates into sacrificing a bathroom to get at least some semblance of a comfortable home.
This is possible by means of modularity, which paves the way for multi-functionality. The section at the rear is a wet bathroom with a steam shower and a dry-flush toilet when you need it, and it becomes a storage unit or a garage when you're on the road. With some careful organizing and proper customizing, it could even be both at the same time, though admittedly, it won't be as comfortable.
The interior is as spacious as any other van conversion, so you get approximately 67.2 square feet (6.2 square meters) of interior space, but it packs more features. The key is, again, modularity. The kitchen hides in plain sight – Nook Vans calls it the Hideaway Kitchen, and it's a concept they developed – while the living area doubles as both lounge and bedroom. Ample storage is available throughout, including under the couch, in the kitchen block, a wardrobe, and even a lockable cabinet for valuables.
The kitchen is an excellent example of that. At first sight, it's a single block of furniture that would probably be used for storage. In reality, it integrates a deep sink with a folding faucet, a slide-out dual-induction stovetop drawer, removable bins, and sizable fridge. It's "basically a culinary transformer on wheels," the company says – and it’s not just a figure of speech.
Perhaps just as importantly, the Nook is customizable to a certain extent.
Further personalization is limited to a choice of colors and materials, but Nook Vans promises they're enough to create your dream van-slash-home. Optionals range from radiant heated floors to go with the 17k BTU diesel heater, AC, optional recirculating shower for the on-demand water heater, Starlink, and antenna with dual SIM card modem and Wi-Fi.
Nook Vans offers three basic models, each with a range of optionals that count as customization. The Nook and Nook+ are based on the diesel Mercedes Sprinter frame, while the eNook uses a modified Ram ProMaster as base. A conversion takes between 8 and 18 weeks to complete and requires a $5,000 deposit to secure.