It’s time to share another beauty by Supertramped Conversions, a company that takes ordinary vans and transforms them into magical abodes drenched in wonder.
This van conversion is named “Vera.” The builder writes, “So I finally get to present to you Vera, she’s proper groovy, really rustic and so homely! I’ve put my heart and soul into this van and from the customers faces last night it was well worth doing.”
This van features amazing artwork around the entire outside. The artist who painted the images of the forest is Sam Gaden.
Photographed in forest surroundings, the van almost seems to be a part of the landscape. You could nearly get the illusion that, in fact, it is transparent, and we are seeing right through it to the actual scenery on the other side. The effect is magical!
Also, check out the cool little porthole window. How awesome is that?
Now, it must be admitted that from a practical standpoint, a painted van like this does pose some concerns. If you are parking and sleeping without permission for the night, you’ll be spotted in an instant with this type of van. A plain utilitarian looking van is much more likely to be overlooked. A van like this one may also be more of a target for robbers since it is obvious that it is a home.
But nothing in life is without risk, and taking a few risks to live in such a stunning vehicle is something I totally get.
The plaque on the wall inside reads, “Not all who wander are lost.” While it’s an axiom we’ve all heard a thousand times, it is still one of my favorites. And nowhere is it more appropriate than in a tiny converted van home like this one!
Little details are where Supertramped excels. These cabinets with their distressed teal paint are gloriously textured.
What you were looking at is of course the kitchen cabinets. Here is a view where we have zoomed out to see the counter as well as the lovely copper sink. The wood walls feature the same distressed paint as the cabinets.
A two-burner cooktop is at the ready.
Here is the view looking down into the copper sink basin. So stunning.
This rustic/industrial light fixture is a real beauty.
Now you can see that the sink is located right near that little porthole.
Even the utilities onboard are beautifully lit and atmospheric.
Even the grate over the little vent you see in this photo is decorative.
Here are some more well-incorporated utilities.
Yet another example of amazing attention to detail can be seen in this framing around the window made of tons of tiny little sticks. They serve no practical purpose, but they really make the window look extra special. And aesthetics is as important as practicality when it comes to feeling at home. I just love how everything in this van has been crafted with painstaking care and attention.
I am a big fan of the art nouveau philosophy that no object in modern life needs to be drab, utilitarian, and unattractive. Everything can be designed to be beautiful. And that is what you see in vans by Supertramped Conversions.
It is worth taking a moment to pause and look down at our feet. Wow, that tile floor is breathtaking!
The skylight has the same decorative stick framing as the window. Below it is a cool light fixture.
An overhead light provides more illumination and adds to the aesthetics.
Here’s a look at the shower. But it is difficult from this shot to see how it fits in with the rest of the home. Nonetheless, all will be made clear shortly in our tour.
Distressed wood for the win!
Even the plumbing is beautiful.
Now you can see how the outdoor shower fits into the picture. You also can see the shutters that we were looking at the moment prior which are closed in this photo. By closing up the back end of the van, the entire shower and plumbing system can be concealed from view.
I also like this placement of the outdoor shower because if necessary, one could drape a tarp over it to hide the shower from view if one were not entirely sure of one’s privacy.
This photo also shows the awning which extends from one side of the van to provide some outdoor living space.
The only thing that concerns me about the shower is the wood shingles. Even though the shower is not pointed at them, there is no way that they wouldn’t continuously get wet, or at least damp. I would worry that after a while this would lead to wood rot, but perhaps they’ve been treated in such a way as to prevent this problem.
I’m not sure what the brush is for, but it and everything around it are beautiful. I just love how distressed paint emphasizes underlying textures. This particular teal color has been very popular in rustic homes over the past few years.
There is a wood-burning stove.
Here is a view looking through one porthole window directly through to the one across from it. You should be able to get a pretty nice cross breeze coming through here if necessary.
Even in such a tiny space, the builder has found room for a little table.
Under the sink is what looks like an oven? Dishwasher? Mini-fridge? To the right of the counter is a small seat at the table under the round window. Look just to the right of that, and you can see where the bed is.
In such a small space, a wood-burning stove would do a great job providing heat in the winter.
Ah ha, that is indeed a mini-fridge under the sink.
The sticks around the window almost make it look like the window grew where it’s at, like it is some kind of natural structure.
Perhaps this is where the sealed boiler goes for the shower?
There’s the little oven underneath the cooktop!
Well, I’m in love—how about you? Stop by the post to find out more about this tiny van conversion or to contact Sumpertramped.