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This Bespoke Van Conversion Boasts a Unique Layout That Enhances Livability

People's desire to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, coupled with the urge to commune with nature and the newfound freedom afforded by the rise in remote work, has led to a growing demand for mobile housing solutions. Both youngsters who are just starting out a career and middle-aged folks with well-established careers are now free to explore novel lifestyles such as tiny house living, RV living, or van life.
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The latter is by far the most popular choice among digital nomads, which explains the myriad of van conversions we see on social media, at campsites, and on the roads. When deciding to take their lives on the road, many choose the DIY route, claiming it offers more flexibility and scope for customization, but this option is also time-consuming, so hiring a camper van conversion company might be a better option, especially considering most outfitters now offer plenty of customization options when it comes to layout, finish, and base van.

For those living in the UK, one of the very best campervan converters is Chelmsford-based Vanpuravida. One of their latest builds is "Henry," a bespoke camper conversion with an unusual layout that enhances comfort and functionality. It has been crafted for a couple and their two dogs and comes with some unique features tailored to their specific needs.

Built using the company's signature Himalayas layout, this van conversion includes a front bathroom with full-size shower, a beautiful mid kitchen, and a rear fixed bed built on a raised platform that creates a large garage underneath for storing bikes and adventure gear.

Custom van conversion with L\-shaped couch
Photo: Vanpuravida
However, the highlight of this custom design is the dinette with two seats and a table with removable leg that turns into an L-shaped couch. Due to the obvious space limitations in camper vans, designers tend to include multifunctional furniture, so usually the dinette doubles as a lounge area or transforms into a bed if it's positioned at the back of the van. For Henry, the skilled team went for a different approach. Thanks to its modular design, the dinette can be configured as a comfy lounge area, improving the livability of the space.

The spectacular interior design is characterized by earthy and natural tones with beautiful woodworking details that give it a tinge of rustic style. To create a warm, inviting ambiance, the designers used a color code of gray, brown, and natural wood for the furniture pieces, while the walls and ceilings are immaculate white to keep the interior bright.

As you walk in, there is a small cabinet for shoe storage, which is very convenient when you return from outdoor exploration with muddy shoes.

Right next to it is the stunningly designed bathroom, which can be considered fairly spacious for a van. It includes a full-size shower with wall panels with 3D tile effect and a composting toilet, enough to meet the owners' needs in terms of personal hygiene.

Custom van conversion with L\-shaped couch
Photo: Vanpuravida
The modern-looking kitchen is not only gorgeous with its custom cabinetry, bamboo countertop, and gray water- and heat-resistant backsplash but also highly functional thanks to a gas two-burner cooktop, an oven, a sink with bamboo cover, and a fridge. Besides the base and overhead cabinets, there is also a nice shelf niche built into the wall for spice jars.

For a good night's sleep after a long day of adventure, the rear sleeping space is fitted with a queen-size bed with a premium mattress and reading lights. In an attempt to create defined spaces, the team added a dividing wall made of narrow wood slats between the kitchen and the bedroom area.

A couple of cabinets above the feet area offer clothes storage, but other than that, this space is only dedicated to sleep and relaxation. With the van's back door open, the owners can enjoy the surrounding views, birdwatch, or stargaze at night.

Custom van conversion with L\-shaped couch
Photo: Vanpuravida
The spacious garage underneath the platform bed can be accessed both from the inside and the outside, and it has a rubber black floor. It houses all the technical components of the van, which are covered with plywood units and are easy to access, and there is still plenty of room left to accommodate two bikes.

At the back of the van, you will find the spare tire and a ladder that provides access to a large rooftop rack. Henry can also be used for off-the-grid living, as it is equipped with two solar panels for a total of 320 Watts, a Victron inverter, a 30-liter underslung LPG tank, a Whale Heat air heater with touch control panel, and an electric 240V water heater. For the owners' water needs, there is a 90-liter fresh water tank with external filing point and a 45-liter waste water tank.

The Himalayas conversion layout can be built on LWB Sprinter Mercedes or Crafter Volkswagen L3H2 chassis and starts at £39,990 (which is approx. $49,860) without the cost of the van base. With its unique layout that combines comfort, practicality, and functionality, this custom van conversion can serve as inspiration for those who are starting on the journey of building their own dream adventure rig.

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About the author: Ancuta Iosub
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After spending a few years as a copy editor, Ancuta decided to put down the eraser and pick up the writer's pencil. Her favorites subjects are unusual car designs, travel trailers and everything related to the great outdoors.
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