June 2013 roundup (kinda)

So June was a shockingly bad month. First dog drama. Then job drama (Mr. B is now *inbetween jobs*). Little money, lots of stress. No time to play & only one trip away.

Nobody likes a moaner and instead of fluffy images pretending June wasn’t THAT bad really I’ve decided on *back to basics*. So here’s how vanplusfour was born.

the van

Our T5 comes from Shrewsbury and in a previous life was probably properly abused by some dirty delivery driver on some form of lease arrangement. It was super shiny and colour coded and came with 2 tinted windows on the side and nothing else. As Mr. B is 6’5 he dictated that it needed to have a long wheel base (LWB) so we could fit a homemade bed in it.

the van

Mr B got straight down to it. He bought masses of timber & boards from our friendly merchant and ordered carpets, rubber flooring and other stuff on the internet. He spent weeks researching what’s out there, watched countless tutorials on YouTube and drew up plans that he could work with. Once he was happy with what he wanted to do he got the van in the back and got started.

the van

[The guy with the weird hat is my father in law. He knows EVERYTHING there is to know about DIY. He’s also super cool & retired and loves to get stuck in. As you can see ^_^]

the van

There was batons being fitted. Sound absorption going in. Insulating materials being stuffed into gaps. Boards were put on top and then rubber flooring went down [nobody wants dogs sliding up’n down the van] and carpet was glued to all the sides and the ceiling.

the van

the van

Work would often go on until very late at night. Building your own van is EXTREMELY addictive. *Luckily* I’m not as talented as Mr. B so I guess my role was more, ahem, *supportive* (ha!). I made loadsa tea and took some pictures now’n then [and not even pretty ones]. Oh, and while Mr B was getting super excited about his fridge, two set of switches, the leisure battery and his ceiling downlighters (nice!) I dreamed about super glossy flush white kitchen units.

the van

the van

Once Mr B had figured out all the basics [I won’t bother with all the details. You need to ask him really. Best done by hooking up over a nice pint (or two). Have van, will travel ^_^] it was time to get started on our furniture. We knew right from the beginning that we wanted an L shape living arrangement, a) more living space for the dogs and b) we didn’t really want a rock’n roll bed (expensive. and short). He thought about how to build a pull out base and how to fit my white kitchen units around it.

the van

the van

the van

the van

the van

the van

the van

Then he put all the electrics in (clever!), wired it all up, put carpet on his homemade units, tarted it up with steel edges, cut a worktop to size [ably assisted by our van-loving brother-in-law], connected a sink & a hob, had some bespoke cushions made by a local seamstress [the type of cushions that serve as seats & backs during the day and then neatly fit together to make up a mattress at night], fitted a removable table in the middle [the type that is made of exactly the same material as my cabinet doors] and then one day, it was all finished and vanplusfour.com was born ^_^

the van

the van

What happened next is amazing. We took it to *a few* places [some of them in France. some in England. some in Wales. and some in Scotland]. We bought a camera. Mr B stopped working in Iraq and we put some roots down in North Wales. When we get itchy feet we jump in the brilliant van my husband built for me and we dream about living #vanlife. So when times get as tough as June 2013 I ought to remember that. Life’s great ^_^

the van

[since then, we’ve also fitted an awning. chucked out the horrible seats and put in some nice leather ones. but are still in desperate need of some nice curtains and some hot wheels. but seeing as patience is a virtue that can wait until pockets are full of money again ^_^]

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18 thoughts on “June 2013 roundup (kinda)

  1. What a wonderful, step by step, documentary for other DIY’ers, and woven into the fabric of this report is a wonderful philosophy of life. Never waste time dwelling on the negative, just look back and count your blessings. All the best to you and Mr.B (and the 4 legged B children).

    • Thanks. And sorry I’ve have not been around to check out your blog just lately; lots to catch up on! So once the British heatwave is over [I mean, honestly!? Can you believe it!!??? Sweating our socks off here!!] I’ll grab that cuppa again and sit down to see what you & the dudes have been up to ^_^
      Until then my friend,
      Sweaty Mrs B

  2. That is the most amazing van I have ever seen. I had no idea it was so decked out! Good job! But where do you sleep again??
    Good luck to you in both the dog and job departments. I’m sure something will work out soon! Good luck!

    • Miss Sweetsound – sorry for not replying to your good luck wishes! Turns out that July was NOT a lucky month at all but almost 3 months down the line things are finally starting to look up; I bet that’s all down to you ;)
      Hope life’s treating you well,
      Babs B x

    • Meg! During a little blog maintenance I’ve just discovered that I’ve had a total oversight and wasn’t polite enough to send a reply to your very kind wishes for a wonderful July [which unfortunately did not happen :(]. I shall instantly make my way over to your gorgeous little blog and shower it with some Welsh love to make up for my (non-intentional) rudeness :)
      See you over there v soon!
      Babs B

    • Everything seems to have worked out just fine LostMiss :) sorry it’s taken so long to find your comment; I hope travelling the US/Yosemites turned out to be as great & exciting as you had hoped!?

    • Ha! Just what I like to hear!! Have you bought & converted one yet???? ^_^
      Thanks for tuning in, hope to see you around again.
      Greetings from North Wales,
      Babs B

  3. Wow guys, big up to the big bird, that is very impressive and something I couldn’t even think about attempting. The finish looks superb, really impressive. Hope everything evens out for you in July. Maybe this is the time for me to meet up with Rich on a weekday, whilst he’s still between. Get him to give me a call. Great article Mrs B.

    • Has *big bird* replied yet? Currently desperately looking for Peak District campsite to go to tomorrow. Nothing like leaving things to the very last minute, ha!
      Must defo catch up soon!

  4. So sorry that June has been a lousy month for you two. Here’s hoping that July works out better. The van conversion is awesome – love the step-by-step photos. All the best, Terri

    • Finger on the pulse………during a little blog maintenance I’ve just discovered that I have totally overseen your nice little comment from *cough*, early July?! But as July was even worse and August’s just finished I will try & make up for lost time by instantly checking your fabulous blog and showering it with some love, how’s that for a late reply apology :)
      A suitably embarrassed Mrs B x

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