The House On Four Wheels – Complete Freedom
We have always been fascinated by visionary people who find solutions where most of us do not even think of. This is the case of a 23 year old American, a traveling filmmaker who have up his desk job to dedicate all his time to his hobby, traveling, but in any common way, but aboard a renovated van which is now a genuine house on four wheels.
The young man bought his used 2003 Chevy Express van for 4,000 USD in August 2014 and spent a total of $15,000 to convert the van into his mobile dream home, according to Inhabitat.com While he admits that the cost was high and more than what he initially anticipated, it allowed him to achieve a stunning custom build that maximizes every square inch of space and is tailored to his exact specifications. The exterior was kept white to stay as inconspicuous as possible, however, the interior sports a stylish timber-lined living space inspired by minimalist Scandinavian design principles.
The house on four wheels comprises a futon bed on one end and a L-shaped desk space with an integrated kitchen on the other. His kitchen features an ARB 50-quart Fridge/Freezer combo as well as an Origo two-burner alcohol stove stored beneath a desktop. The van roof is topped by two Boulder 90 solar panels paired with a Goal Zero Yeti Solar Generator that powers all his electronics. Rather than install a full sink and water pump, Zach opted for the low-tech solution of a five-gallon water jug. With no water hookup and limited space, there’s also no shower or toilet. The young filmmaker makes use of gym showers and public restrooms.
He says the converted van gives him complete freedom, even from the professional perspective. “Filmmaking by nature is a nomadic pursuit. It’s a constant migration to and from different locations based on what the storytelling requires. With this van, I now have complete freedom to write a script surrounded by mountains, direct a shoot in a remote desert town and then collaborate with an editor or composer in Los Angeles—all within the same month. That would be impossible any other way,” he said.