Next up in our van build series we show you how we created our favorite parts of the van. Clark’s favorite…
the bar, for obvious reasons.
And Megan’s, the repurposed loft area
The watering hole, as we dubbed it, is the first thing you see when we roll up and open our side doors. We love having people stop by for a van tour and the bar is an inviting spot to hang out, crack a couple of cold beers or mix up some margaritas.
The base is made out of old repurposed barn wood. The bar top drop downs using a pulley system crafted out of an old bike chain and fishing weights and is made out of a really beautiful scrapped piece of worm eaten walnut. This gives way to the sliding pine doors that open up to the underneath storage where we keep our favorite craft liquors and mixers. Currently this consists of Glacier Distilleries Fireweed Whiskey and Espolon Tequila.
We aren’t all party and no class though.
Lets not forget about the wine!
This is stored in our in van wine cellar… You know, all that wasted space covered up by the door panel. We tore off the flimsy door panels and made a drop down side table out of the same scrapped walnut and barnwood. Behind that drop down table is our wine cellar that holds three bottles of our favorite red wines. The other door panel we converted into a chalkboard so we can list our daily drink specials.
So stop by and pick your poison. We’re always on happy hour!
We love having van guests stop by and we are known for some pretty deadly cocktails. If you need to sleep it off though you might find yourself in the hammock because we got rid of the original slide out bunk that was over the cab. Not sure how anyone ever slept up there without having a few too many because it felt like a coffin.
We converted this space into a storage platform that houses drawers on both the sides and a hatch in the middle. The left drawer pulls out 28” over the kitchen counter and holds the kitchen essentials like plates, bowls and silverware.
The right side is a little shorter in length but has plenty of storage for our daily essentials like bluetooth speakers, sunnies, hacky sacks, playing card
s and beer coozies. It often ends up looking like a junk drawer, but every van needs one of those.
The middle hatch lifts up to hold bigger items like the camera gear, hammock and beach tarp.
The platform design enables us to increase our storage without sacrificing design and homey touches like the cow skull we named Lucy, as the center piece of a one of a kind barnwood mantle. We also managed to add some life to the van with sunken planters for a succulent garden. We haven’t figured out how to keep them alive yet but we are determined to grow a mobile garden!
The one of a kind design doesn’t stop there, custom support beams were added from front to back that run across the pine ceiling and both sides of the loft area have post and beam support pieces that give the loft windows some added character. And of course Megan wrapped them in fairy twinkle lights for some cozy lighting at night.
So if you see us coming through your neck of the woods hit us up and we will set up shop, mix up a few cocktails and give you the rest of the tour. In the meantime come back and check out our next post on our van build where we will show you our kitchen space, we might even whip of some fish tacos!!