Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Honing in on Design
Yep, I changed my mind, again. But, thankfully I haven't posted any of my previous plans for your critiquing pleasure. I absolutely positively need a van with a 12' box. An average-sized parking space is generally 18.' A divided parking lane on a city street, from what I've gathered, is broken into increments of 19.' Step Vans with 12' cargo bays are roughly 20' long, so that's pushing it, but doable. I can't help it. I need the extra 2.' I'm going to run with it.
The badly hand-drawn line is the curtain that will keep the bathroom counter dry during showers.
The feel I want for the galley will remain the same. It's something along these lines. But the color will be more of a rich dark stain and the counter will be butcher block.
The bathroom had changed configuration so many times, my brain almost couldn't take it. Basically, I was trying to fit 10 pounds of crap into an 8 pound bag.
And then...the clouds finally broke. Simplicity prevailed. After releasing the notion of a 10' long living area with crazy removable tables, conversion beds, and even an idea for a fold up vanity top with a sink basin attached, I sighed with relief. "Of course," I said. "It makes total sense. Get rid of Inspector Gadget and come back down to reality. It has to be two more feet!" I wasn't sure what came over me, but I'll just call it an epiphany. And, you know, it's the little things in life that thrill me the most.
The bathroom vanity will fit nicely into a 2'x3' space.
Picture all of the cabinet faces with an overlay-reveal that emulates this design...
The scale in this picture seems almost exactly that of the vanity I'll be constructing. The faucet will be similar but the sink basin will be recessed into the countertop.
We mustn't forget the lighting. Lighting is everything. My 1watt LED spots will do the trick.
Back to my drawing.
Behind the door under the counter on the left side is....ready?
Yes, it will slide out and hang in the air. By the way, it's waterless. Now, before you kick my whole van idea to the curb, don't get all hung up on waste. It's just waste. I'll get more into detail about my plans for waste at a later date. And, I think you'll side with me after hearing my case.
Here's the best vehicle I've seen, as of late.
I found it on Craigslist with the help of the nationwide search engine "Craigslist Reader." The 6.2 Liter Diesel has only 82,000 on it - perfect for a veggie conversion! The problem is this: I figure that upon my arrival to Cleveland by way of LAX, I'm already $300 in the hole, let alone slurping down God knows how many tanks of fuel to get the thing back to California. I'm down a thousand smackers even before signing the check! But, It may just have to be part of doing business.
Definitely my kind of style, though. The search goes on.
Posted by -- Rob at 9:45 PM