Rumi…he was a special build (named after a 13th-century Persian poet).

The client wanted something special. Like, truly special. And so, I decided that Rumi shall be the very best in practicality, yet a home that will be loved for many years to come.

The initial brief

I was contacted through Facebook around 2 years ago. In fact, it was just after I published Vera. After many conversations back and forth, we finally came up with the perfect plan.

The client asked for something that is ‘Light, Earthy & Organic.’ They also wanted the ability to walk from the cab through the back doors, plus a few additional extras.

So, I assembled a team of expert craftspeople, and we all got to work on what would be a true showpiece.

Rumi: The Build

At the very outset, I wanted to build something that would capture the fairytale beauty of nature. I knew this had to be special.

As you step inside the van, you will first notice the wood, and yes, there’s a lot of it. The walls and ceiling are finished in beautiful British Western Red-Wood cladding. The rope curtain ties, vintage tiles, and touches of rustic brass throughout add to the fantasy world.

The kitchen has a farm-style sink, brass tap, 3-ring hob plus an oven, grill and a built-in fridge freezer. Everything the owner will need when travelling into a world of adventure.

And, of course, the Hobbit stove ties in beautifully with the van’s aesthetic.

There is also a stained-glass door that took many hours to hand-make. A special thanks to @lightleadeddesigns for that one.

When the sun goes down, and its time to sleep, there’s a pull-out double bed situated right under the metre wide Velux skylight.

In the day, the bed folds away revealing an ample-sized dining table and seating.

The electrical system; well, where do I start. She is fitted with 175-watts of power, as well as an on-board mains power supply system.

And finally, as you step back from Rumi, you will notice she is graced in a beautiful forest design and a tree of life mural created by the highly talented @aerosol art. I feel this is such a perfect fit for this van.

Rumi, you have been a pleasure to work on.


  • 1m x 1.5m Velux Skylight by CRS Building Supplies Bridgwater
  • Stained Glass Door by Jan Czugalinski
  • Full Artwork Piece by Sam Gaden
  • Black Rhino Alloys On BFGoodrich Tyres
  • Bespoke Upholstery by Seats & Solder
  • Forcali Room Sealed LPG Boiler
  • Underslung Gas Tank by Autogas 2000 Leisure Ltd
  • Votronic B2B Charger by Simply Split Charge
  • Victron Solar Smart Charge
  • 12v Fuseboard
  • Mains Hookup
  • CTEK Power Sport Mains Charger
  • Ring 250w Inverter
  • Bluetooth Surround Sound.
  • 2x Deep Cycle Powerline Leisure Batteries
  • 175w Solar Panel
  • Underslung Water & Waste Tank by @Barratt Tanks
  • Smev Oven & Grill
  • Dometic 3 Ring Hob
  • Bespoke Windows In Gold by Caldwells Windows Ltd
  • The Hobbit Stove by Salamander Stoves
  • British Red Western Cedar Cladding by Timberclad
  • Dometic CRX50 Fridge/Freezer
  • Tiles by Mandarin Stone
  • 900 x 700 Shower Tray
  • Lagun Adjustable Dining & Reading Table

And much more…..


Special Thanks

Again, a huge thanks to everyone that’s been part of building this tiny home for two beautiful customers.

:hammer:  Daniel Tompkins
:hammer:  Stu Whyte
:church:️ Light Leaded Designs
:male-artist:  Aerosol Art
:zap:️ Steve Howes (240v)
:hammer: Dan Rawle
:camera_with_flash: Simon and Kiana Photography
:film_camera: Steel & Oak

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  • Linda Evans
    July 24, 2022 at 8:20 am

    I must say your craftmanship is stunning. One day in the future i hope to purchace a 7.5 tonne horsebox for conversion and would really love a bohemian style nest for me and my dog to go travelling in. Cant stand conventional campers so boring. I want it to reflect me.

  • Tristan Ó Conchobhair
    August 8, 2022 at 9:33 am

    I am a twenty year old, inexperienced but very hard working college student. My dream was to live out of a van through college, my dream now is to be able to put in the same skylight in the same van (transit 350 high roof, long wheel base). I have no idea how I am going to do it but I refuse to not fall asleep looking at the sky every night. I am working in a building suppliers at home for the summer and everyone has said it cannot be done, but you did. Is there any possibility you could give me some advice or a step by step as I have the courage and some brains but no experience. This is the only part of the build I am freaking out over, any help you could give me I would be eternally grateful.
    Go raibh míle maith agat, Tristan Ó Conchobhair.🇮🇪


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