How I Built a Home Inside a Van with No Construction Experience

You are the factory! You are Da Vinci and the great masterpiece you are constantly building is YOU.

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I’m a very hands-on kinda guy, so I wouldn’t have enjoyed waiting to save up money for a $90K Sprinter or $70K Sportsmobile that was already built out. I didn’t have a ton of money, but I had the time and determination to do it myself. I wanted to learn. I wanted to have fun. I wanted to put my own sweat and blood and tears into the project to ensure that I was completely enrolled and serious about the major life change I was about to make.

To me, the van was more than just a fun project; it was my opportunity to take my life into my own hands. The van itself was a symbol of my freedom. These are the perfect conditions for “doing it yourself.”

It took me about ten weeks to build, which is pretty fast considering I had limited construction experience. It cost me about $12,500 (including the van) which is pretty cheap. But my life became consumed by this project for those three months. I became a construction worker, building 7 days/week, 3-12 hrs/day. I took maybe two days off during that whole time because of weather or because of construction problems that I simply had to wait to do. It was physically painful and exhausting, but so rewarding and so much fun.