The Florida Keys to my heart

Who’s got four thumbs and goes to the Florida Keys on a whim, without any summer clothes to speak of? These two! We never planned to go to Florida on this first trip. However, once we realized that the temperatures in North Carolina weren’t what we were looking for and we had seen what we…

Holy van build, Batman, we’re done!

15 weeks ago, we rolled into Bolingbrook, IL all bright eyed and bushy tailed. We had just ended our first two months traveling in a make-shift home and we were excited to start BUILDING our “real” home. And so it began… We ripped out the factory floor, added insulation and sound deadening, made a new floor,…

Build Update: Lisa falls in love with a butcher block and leaves Colin

Wow, it really feels like we’re nearing the finish line. We have walls now and the real makings of a kitchen including a butcher block that turned my world upside down. We’re garnering more interest around the warehouse too so you know it’s legit.  Lower Cabinets: Last time we left you, we had a framework…

Build Update: Power, cabinets, and a ceiling!

It’s been about eleven weeks since we gutted Vaniel to begin the final van build. Well, Vaniel is finally at the point where most of the progress we make is very visible. We’ve got ceilings, lights, paint jobs, and cabinets galore. Oh, it’s getting fun now.  Ceiling install: It’s official. I love our ceiling. Good…

Van-Building: A Journey of Patience

Van-building, it’s a labor of love, but make no mistake, it’s still labor. VANUAL LABOR (teehee). This blog could also be called “Lisa works manual labor for two months and wants to talk about it.” or “Two months of vanual labor and I haven’t lost a pound but my body aches every day – what…

If Vaniel were a cheese, he’d be Swiss: A build update

From zero holes in the van to three, it’s been a productive few weeks so we’re checking in with a build update. With the holidays, we haven’t been at our usual six days/week routine but we have gotten a fair amount of research and prep work done on our “off” days. While progress may feel…

Why not a tiny home?

One of the questions we hear most frequently is, “Why a van? Why not a tiny home?” Excellent question. I asked Colin the very same thing when I first heard his plan. I watched Tiny House Nation regularly. I loved the creativity that was showcased by the carpenter and I thoroughly enjoyed watching people parse…

Break it down to build it back up

Phase Two aka the Final Phase aka the Tiny Home Phase aka Lisa’s Rest Day Getaway Phase is officially underway! Vaniel has been stripped down and we’re getting to work!