Design and inspiration

So the vision was alive, but actually choreographing the vision into reality is a different beast. Obviously Pinterest has played a huge part in providing ideas and different ways of doing things. There are so many vans, bars, vintage designs out there so we're lucky we can look at so many different options to come up with solutions. Instagram has been a brilliant source to find other similar businesses, and so many people are happy to offer advice and experiences that they could have improved on. 

 I certainly believe that asking question, being humble, and to be completely open to advise will put you in a great position to make sound decisions. 

Most importantly for me, there were so many great ideas coming my way from lots of friends. Nikki the architect was able to help design the inside, maximising space and keeping the asthetics on point (making up for my colourblindness...). Kate who had great ideas about how best to market the van, and how the design had to suit the intended operation. Nik who had amazing ideas about the cabinet designs and build, importantly what materials to use. Finding the right materials is so important, Nik was influential in this decision making, suggesting the shadow clad for the walls and roof has really sculpted the look and feel of the van. Gregs electical expertise to completely design the electrical blueprint and execution has set this van above and apart from the rest. He's offered so many different options and kept everything subtle and hidden should the direction of the van change or the industry adjust to suit new needs. All to meet Australian electrical standards, whilst being descrete and hidden ensures so much confidence in essentially what could be the biggest risk to personel. 

For the materials, almost everything was able to be purchased from Bunnings, from wood, paint. Electrical parts from an electrical wholesaler. The shadow clad was picked up from Collies.  

Having Niks cabinet shop available has made a huge difference. Big thanks to Accent holdings, and Nik for the support. 

Having Niks cabinet shop available has made a huge difference. Big thanks to Accent holdings, and Nik for the support. 

Shadow clad follows the shape of the van.  

Shadow clad follows the shape of the van.  

Staining the shadow clad with a teak stain 

Staining the shadow clad with a teak stain