Couple Converts 16-year-old Van Into A Tiny House On Wheels
Do you dream about simplifying your life by downsizing to a tiny house on wheels? You’re not alone. In an era when bigger has always been better, many people are beginning to embrace a mantra of smaller is smarter and are moving into little homes on wheels.
Norbert Juhász, a Hungarian photographer and his fiancée Dóra are among the growing number of digital nomads, professionals who prefer a location-independent lifestyle that allows them to travel and work anywhere in the world.
The couple, who were originally based in downtown Budapest, decided to pack up shop and do some travelling while freelancing so they bought a sixteen year old van and converted it into a mobile home.
Juhász, who has also studied architecture designed and implemented the project by using simple, discrete, low-tech, and low-budget principals. From the outside, the van looks like any other – there are no giveaways as to what lies inside. The interior however, is a custom built space, tailored to the needs of Norbert and Dóra.
Three main pieces of furniture make up the bulk of the living space: a couch, kitchenette, and an L-shaped cabinet. Given the amount of available space, all elements play double duty. The couch can be converted to a double bed, and hides electrical components and storage underneath it. The kitchenette features a gas cooker, sink and water tank. It also has a small, hide-away, pull-out desk. The L-shaped storage cabinet has a section cut out for seating, while also providing some much needed storage, and a spot for the on-board fridge.
The van has a 12-volt electrical system that can be charged with either with the 250-watt roof solar panel, or the engine’s generator, or with a regular 220-volt power source. Power can be stored in a bank of 200-Ah batteries, and converted with a 220-volt inverter.
The couple spent around $7,200 for the van’s transformation into this beautiful tiny house on wheels, including its custom-made furniture. They will travel through Southern Europe all the way to Morocco, and document their journey on the Rundabella website and Facebook page.
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