We’ve seen some truly outstanding DIY transformations this year, as people have put the extra time on their hands to good use.
A furnituremaker from Somerset is one of these impressive creatives, as he turned his white builder’s van into a luxury campervan during lockdown.
Daryl Lloyd Witt spent his three months at home turning his Volkswagen Crafter into a beautiful place to use for holidays.
Inside the vehicle features a stylish living area, a boiler which powers the shower and hob, a lovely dining table and double bed. However, from the outside it looks like any other white van on the road.
Daryl says that white vans are the perfect size to fit everything you might need for a night away.
He said: ‘The fact they are essentially builders’ vans means they are quite stealthy.’
What’s more, he actually prefers the space and unique design of his van to the more traditional VW campers.
Daryl added: ‘There are so many Volkswagen Transporters being used by surfers, you cannot tell them apart. There is no uniqueness to them.
‘They’re very small, you wouldn’t be able to live in them or spend two weeks in one.’
As a surfer himself, the campervan lifestyle has always been very appealing to Daryl, so lockdown provided him with the perfect opportunity to make his own dream camper.
When UK lockdown was announced the 36-year-old decided to purchase the white Crafter and started work on the project in April.
He said: ‘I designed this van much more to my taste. Clean lines and a cleaner space look much better in a confined space.’
The hardest part of the build was installing the gas boiler, but it passed the safety check with flying colours.
After completing his three-month-long DIY project, Daryl posted his handiwork on social media.
He added: ‘When I look at photos of the original van, with nothing inside, it really hits home what a transformation it has been. It’s been really satisfying to step back and admire it.’
It wasn’t long before competition company Dream Car Giveaways bought the vehicle for £39,000. They are now selling £9.99 tickets for a draw to win the camper – Daryl even bought a few himself.
He said: ‘That would be an unbelievable deal if I won it.
‘I will be really interested to see who wins it and where their travels take them.
‘Hopefully I can follow their journey through social media and see what they do with the van.’
But it seems this won’t be the last project from Daryl, as he has some other ideas in the pipeline.
He added: ‘I feel confident that people like my designs and they will sell. I’ve got some unique ideas for the next builds, which I haven’t seen anywhere else.’
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