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Kitchen Continued

By |July 18th, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

The next steps in the kitchen were little things like missing trim pieces, fixing the bench top, fixing the seal around the bench top and the kick boards underneath the cabinets.

I cut the kick boards, put the trim around and fitted the braces to clamp into the feet. The kick boards are removable and one can use the spaces under the cabinets for cables and pipes. I left a little gap as one can see in the image above for the height of the floor insulation and the floor cover.

I changed the doors I had […]

Bench Top Seal

By |July 6th, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Making further progress still in baby steps though. Have finished the doors of the one high cabinet.

As the above images show we have changed our decision regarding door handles. The push open locks have the disadvantage that the doors actually do not close unless one pushes them into the lock. Since we intend to stay longer in one place  we wanted the doors unlocked for convenience and decided on self, soft closing mechanisms. This requires a handle on the doors to open, but we did not want the typical push in/out knob locks. They are not solid enough […]

More Kitchen

By |June 20th, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Working on the kitchen in mini steps whenever I take a bit time off my commercial project.

Below is the finished door of the corner cabinet. Both shelves can be turned and accessed from the outside.

The edge trim of the bench top is not yet finished. I have to cut 5 mm off the edge at the cook top.

The images below show the finished drawers.

Another step was the first door of the high cabinet on the left. I use Blum hinges which can be adjusted to the desired spring load to hold the door at any position and with a […]

Transition Blinds

By |June 8th, 2016|INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

I ordered a sample blind from Turkey as a trial because here in Australia the prices are just over the top.
Silver/grey fabric, which actually is the only usable component, and beige top rail and bottom piece.  Super heavy duty motor and 45mm diameter top rail .. I mean this is suitable for a garage door but not just for a small blind ..

I expected the motor to be way to heavy and big, but since my motor I had from Hong Kong was really tiny I was not sure if it was up to the task, so I ordered […]

Kitchen Bench And Doors

By |June 8th, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I picked up the last batch of panels. To be exact on the 28th of July.

Kitchen bench and doors, CNC cut as per DXF files and a couple more. one for the work area desk and cabinet, the bathroom cabinet and another 10mm panel for the solar panel mounts.

I also received the trim for all the panels and can now finish the kitchen. The priority is to finish the last slide-out to get to lock up, but apart from that I will not be able to do much on the van until my commercial project […]

Interior Paint And Lighting

By |June 8th, 2016|INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

This is already a few weeks old and I have done a bit more on the lighting since then, however this should give an idea about some of the interior finish. I have painted my work area and the bathroom with a suede paint. It is applied with a brush. It is a bit of an old fashion finish; was popular a few years back, however I had some paint left from the house I have done some years ago and we still like the effect. The colours were right and the finish is nice so I decided to […]

Appliance Cabinet

By |April 4th, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Today I picked up and fitted the roller door for the appliance cabinet. It is a bit of a low point in the whole design, since it is actually the only part not fire retardant and not rot proof. It is MDF based and pretty heavy and bulky for what it is, but I did not find an alternative for a custom made roller door. We will see how it stands up to the use especially in tropical,  humid climates.

Was easy to mount, fits perfectly, slides easy with tensioned spring and blends in perfectly with the anodised alu extrusion I […]

More Kitchen

By |April 4th, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

The last three days were a bit frustrating since I made 4 steps back and so far only 2 steps forward again.  The reason was the runners for the drawers. I purchased the light, cheaper ones, only for weight reasons, but that was a big mistake. I mean we have them in the kitchen, cheap and nasty, and I really should have known better, but thought for the sake of the weight that I could live with it, but after fitting a couple of drawers I decided that I could not. It is just too much of a compromise. […]

Kitchen And Audio

By |March 30th, 2016|INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Done various things again, further planning of the electrical wiring and placement of the  main board and sub boards, routing of the drains for the kitchen sink and the dish washer, moving the speakers from the slide-on to the new van and mainly building the kitchen.

The audio system is from our slide-on. Since we dismantle the slide-on more or less I decided to use the same system. It is still pretty good even after 8 years, a 5.1 digital system with SPDIF input and a decent sub. It is a Logitech, one of the older ones when […]

Air Condition Is Running

By |March 23rd, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Had the air condition man here today. Not really much to write about. Connection went smoothly without any problems. The unit is very quiet, no vibrations at all. Very happy with the outcome. Glad we changed the position for the unit in the living area. Funny enough, it is now back where it was in the original plan. Now I need to finish the upper section of the kitchen wall and eventually cover the pipes, however I still have to put in quite a few cables before that happens.

All the insulation is the better stuff, non condensing and fire […]

Air Condition Installation

By |March 22nd, 2016|INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

A couple of days ago I installed the air condition components. I used the same concept as for the fridge. A composite panel distributing the weight of the compressor bolted through the floor with super large washers underneath. The compressor sits on rubber feet to minimise vibrations. The heavier part of the compressor sits right over the centre beam of the chassis. This compressor services two indoor units with a capacity of 5 kW. It is a digital inverter system with 4.5 star cooling and 4.5 star heating capacity. The indoor units are mounted on the front wall of the […]

Battery Compartment And Front Storage

By |March 21st, 2016|ELECTRIC, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

The batteries are in place on top of a composite panel to distribute the weight better and add stability to the floor for the 200 kg of the two battery systems. They will be secured with long bolts through the floor and into aluminium braces bolted onto the chassis. You don’t want these batteries to fly forward through the rear window of the truck in case of a crash. This would be really ugly. I have 16 stainless steel bolts to secure the casings to the chassis neck. The battery compartment is fairly larger with plenty of ventilation for […]

Installing The Main Fridge

By |March 21st, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

As the title says this post is about fitting a fridge to the van. It says “main fridge” because we have two, an older 12V Vitrifrigo, from our slide-on camper, with external compressor and a domestic fridge LG310 digital inverter fridge. We only fit the Vitrifrigo because we have it and we need more space for greens when away for longer at places where it is hard to get. The new inverter fridges are very energy efficient, this one is a 4 star, and a lot cheaper than caravan fridges. Automatic defrost, much better air circulation, better freezers and […]

More Light And More Detail

By |February 26th, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Have been working on a lot of little things today and yesterday. Finished the trim on the outside edge in the front of the van, painted the slide-outs inside with bonding primer, fitted the filters for the breather lines to the water tanks and other little things.

The image above shows the filters for the breather lines in the water inlet box. One more thing in this box and then it is finished and that is a touch screen for the tank control. From here one can directly open the valves to fill either drinking water or fresh water tanks […]

The Bin Is In And Other Little Bits

By |February 24th, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Today I made the box for the pull out bins. One can see one of the neck braces in the picture above. This will be covered tomorrow when I also seal all the corners. The section below the removable bins is used for bottles and cans. I will make a hole from inside to push the bottles into the lower part of the bin box.  The bins pull out and can be easily removed to empty.

For the bottle section I will make a custom box from alu sheet metal for easy removal and disposal of the content. All is […]

Fridge In Position

By |February 19th, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Earlier this week, on Tuesday to be exact, I picked up the fridge which was finally ready for pick up. Took over 3 weeks from over east. Well not really an issue, but the screws I order from Hong Kong last week came today. I am also waiting for a window motor for my Merc from over east and that was ordered over 2 weeks ago. Should have ordered it from Singapore or some other place, probably would be here by now.

The fridge is a LG 310 Inverter fridge and I wanted to see the temperature of the side […]

Wardrobe Finished

By |February 2nd, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

The last days I have been working on the bedroom wardrobe.

Before I started with the frame and doors I wall papered the inside with a vinyl wall paper. This makes it easy to keep clean and looks a bit neater than the raw fibre glass. I painted the wall with bonding primer to make the paper stick a bit better, however a few areas did not hold too well because I was a bit greedy with the glue. Anyway this was one of the reasons I started wall papering the interior of the wardrobe to see how it would work […]

TV & Electronic Cabinet

By |January 4th, 2016|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Finished the TV cabinet today, finally. Took me a while. It shows that I am not a cabinet maker, nevertheless it is done. My circular saw is not the most precise anymore and the Duralite is not the best material either. Although the veneer is better than most caravan panels, it is plastic and not paper, however the quality of production is lacking. Many edges are not usable without the plastic trim. Would not use it again. My choice is the Ayres panel (alu honeycomb with laminate), which I will use for the kitchen. I had 9 Duralite panels […]

Indirect Lighting

By |December 23rd, 2015|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

One of the main style elements in the van is light. I will have indirect lighting and wall washing with light in many places. Not all are full colour though. It is going to be quite effective and each piece of light strip can be controlled through the central system and some also with local controls.

Here a few images how I put the lights together.

Mounting clips are attached to the underside of the fascia.

The light track extrusion snaps into the mounting clips.

The RGB light strip is self adhesive and attached to the extrusion.

Connectors are attached to connect pieces together.

The diffuser […]

Bed Box Done

By |December 23rd, 2015|BUILD, INTERIOR BUILD|0 Comments

Have glued the bed box and finished the fascia around the box for the indirect lighting.

The rollers for the slide out are in place (see image above).

Image below shows the box before the rollers went on.


The next step is to finish the slide-out.