Kitchen: take two
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