I couldn’t afford my dream home so bought & live in a van instead…it cost about £8k to convert, I save thousands on rent | The Sun

A WOMAN has revealed that she always dreamed of living in a van, but was left unsure of what to do when she realised how expensive it could be.

However, Kayla Hansen, a Canadian travel photographer and writer, didn’t let her dreams slip away and managed to convert a van herself, saving herself a lot of money.

Not only was Kayla able to save money by buying an old van and converting it herself, but she explained that she has also been able to save a fortune on rent too.

Kayla and her partner live and travel around in a Volkswagen Crafter that they converted themselves by watching videos on YouTube. 

She posted her video to TikTok, with the caption ‘Dreams don’t always just have to be dreams😎’ and said: “POV: You couldn’t afford your dream van so built it yourself.” 

In the clip, Kayla showed social media followers the inside of her home on wheels.

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The van is an all-white modern look with black accessories. 

There is a kitchen area with a reasonable sized hob and a decent amount of cupboard space.

There’s also a large raised bed with a big storage space underneath. 

She confirmed: “Buying used and building it myself cost a fraction of the price of new/already built vans.

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“We made the van to live in it full time and save money on rent 😊 

“So we go and work in a country for 6-12 months and just live out of the van 😁"

Kayla revealed that she built the inside of the van over the space of two years.

she added: "That meant there weren’t huge upfront costs and I could buy parts as I saved money😊

“Neither of us are in the trades, we work seasonal outdoor/tourism/hospitality jobs! 

“We aren’t professionals but took lots of care (and lots of hours on YouTube) to make it as high quality as possible.

“My partner and I changed our minds like 10 times before settling on this layout.

“I’m so happy with how it turned out.

“It’s roomier than it looks! 

“Unfortunately a dinner table didn’t make the cut! But we have trays to sit on our laps😊

“No desk unfortunately!! Just laptops on our laps for now😅

“We power our fan with three large solar panels as well as a b2b charger that charges our leisure batteries when we drive.

“We haven’t done our final calculations yet but we think the conversion (excluding the price of the van) will be about £8-£12,000.”

Kayla’s video has clearly impressed many, as it has quickly racked up a whopping 408k views.

It has 28.3k likes, 351 comments and 74 shares.

TikTok users loved the look of the inside of the van and were quick to express this in the comments. 

One person said: “One of best self builds I've seen” to which Kayla replied “Oh wow thank you!!😁” 

Another added: “Looks 10x better than a standard Grand California, great job!” 

A third commented: “Incredible👏” 

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Someone else asked: “Does it have a toilet?” to which Kayla confirmed “Yeah it does! It’s kept in the shower.” 

Meanwhile, another user questioned: “Where do you sit?” to which Kayla explained “There’s a bench seat just as you open the door on the left!” 

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