Category: Tiny house (Page 1 of 2)


The outside of my van has gone from a demolition site, a storage shed and back again many times. When I was in Melbourne, it was a convenient place for Dad to store his boat, or trailer, or spare BBQs or those tires he picked up that he thought might fit his trailer. Between that and both of us holding onto things that ‘might come in handy’ later (it’s salvage not hoarding, honest), it was always a bit of a mess.

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Cooking en plein air

When I first moved into my van, I only had a little gas camp stove to cook on. It was cute and I felt like Miss Honey, but it wasn’t very practical. 

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Creating a place to create

I designed the space in my larger caravan to be multi-functional. Up one end I built a desk and have stored my art supplies. In the middle is an open space, with a trestle table that can move around as I need it.

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Look up

I have had some weekends in a row at home, just pottering around. I broke my foot so was not very mobile for a while. This for me means I was a tad behind in housework. Time at home to do laundry and tidy things up was called for.

So, of course, last weekend I painted my kitchen doors. I had the paint and I had the time – I had to do it. (I also did laundry, just FYI)

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A bit sketchy

Over the years that this was a project I was ‘working on’, it was actually something I wasn’t able to physically work on much. It was about 400kms away for starters and life got in the way.

But, it wasn’t often far from my thoughts. I couldn’t actually do much to work on the space, but I could work on the ideas. Even before I took possession, I had started exploring ideas using Google Sketchup. Look, I’m visual and detail-oriented so 3D design software just made sense. If I have an idea, I want to see if it will work. So, here is the progress of my ideas over time.

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All these little things

I live in a small space, but I’m not really into minimalism. I like tabletops to be clear and I like things to be away in their place. But I like to be able to look at nice things.

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Sleep (not so) tight

For a long time, I did not think I would be able to fit my queen sized bed into my van. When I realised I could, I was thrilled.

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Stripping the shower

I found some photos of the early demolition stage of my van – from back in early 2013.

It doesn’t feel like that long ago, but it says it right there on the files! I have to remember to focus on how far I have come rather than how long it took. These pics really show how much there was to do.

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A look around

I have been unpacking all my things! It’s amazing!

I made this little video to show my friend in London what I have been up to and I thought you might like to see as well 🙂

Moving in

It has been a busy time! I made a flying visit to Melbourne to buy some furniture and pick up some things from my Mum’s garage.

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