Kitchen: take two

The Shed - - Camper-van Conversion -

The kitchen got off to a false start. They had hit on the idea of us­ing a sec­ond-hand bath­room van­ity to pro­vide the cup­boards and base for the kitchen bench, but re­al­ized it was too small and too shal­low. They found an­other larger and cheaper unit that ac­tu­ally matched the width of van’s slid­ing door.

The cou­ple had al­ready de­cided that the van’s slid­ing door was sur­plus to re­quire­ments in their lay­out, but it did give them ac­cess to the back of the kitchen unit for chang­ing the gas bot­tle, which had to be sealed off from the in­side of the van. It also meant that they could re­fill a plumbed-in soap dis­penser, and even the larder, from out­side the van. They scrapped the top and re­placed it with a 24mm hard­wood bench­top, which they cut to fit in a com­bined sink and two-burner gas unit. Alex says that this unit wasn’t cheap, but it came with a flush black gas lid. Shut it and you had an in­stantly tidy and clean bench top.

The shelves were redesigned. First they built and sealed the gas-bot­tle con­tainer and fit­ted a bot­tle-re­tain­ing strap. Then Alex mea­sured up cans and bot­tles to max­imise the use of space in the new shelf ar­range­ment. The first van­ity didn’t go to waste — its doors now cover a wardrobe un­der and cup­board over the fridge, be­tween the bath­room and the bed set­tee.

Stylish flush-mounted stove and sink keep things clean

Above: Test-fit­ting the hob and sink unit Be­low: Cut­ting out the gas-bot­tle locker Bot­tom: Tiny, yet roomy, kitchen and bath­room

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