Adam & Vanessa’s VanLife Experience

Van dwellers Adam & Vanessa visit with tiny house dwellers Derek & Hannah at their homestead in Saint David, Arizona and get the full van tour! Adam & Vanessa also share what they’ve learned so far living a full-time vanlife.

Adam & Vanessa built their van over 3 months and it cost about $28,000 US (2008 Sprinter van plus customizations). Inside they have a fully functional kitchen, bed, tons of storage, and a hidden composting toilet. They built all the cabinets themselves including the reclaimed maple countertops.

Image above and video below by Derek from DIY Homestead Projects. You can follow Adam & Vanessa’s VanLife adventure on the Create Wondr YouTube Channel and the Create Wondr website.

DIY LED Awning Lights

Derek and Hannah have a large awning/porch that’s about as big as their tiny house, and basically doubles their usable living space when the weather is nice. But until now the lighting out there has been a bit inadequate. In the video below, Derek from DIY Homestead Projects demonstrates in detail how he installed LED lighting in the awning. He worked as an electrician for several years – so he knows his stuff, making his DIY electrical videos awesome.

Derek has been super busy lately – finishing his new tiny house construction book and making more DIY videos. You can check all that out on his DIY Homestead Projects website. He also has tons of free how-to videos on his DIY Homestead Projects YouTube Channel.  Photo above via Derek’s video below.

200 Square Foot Off-Grid Cabin in Tahoe

Hannah grew up in a home her parents built (her father is a boat builder), so it was only natural for her to follow in their footsteps. Tim, on the other hand, has never built anything but fires. With that in mind, Tim and Hannah started out with 20 acres of land and no blueprints, and built one of the most impressive houses I’ve ever seen in my life — not to mention it’s fully off-the-grid.” – Apartment Therapy

Read and see more about Tim and Hannah’s Affordable DIY Self-Sustainable Micro Cabin