A rusted-out relic takes a second spin around the block as a vacation home on wheels for a Falmouth family.
Photos by Trent Bell
Bus at a Glance
Who lives here: A family of four has made this part of their vacation home
Size: 91 square feet
Designers: Will Winkelman of Winkelman Architecture and Vince Moulton of Vincent Moulton Interiors
After finding an old Chevy van rusted out in a field, a family of four had a quirky idea: turn the van into a guest house and cozy camping place on their property.
Before: This is the rusted-out brown-and-white 1959 Chevy bus before it received a fresh coat of mint-green paint.
The family brought in architect Will Winkelman to gut the van and redesign the interior to include a bathroom, sink area, eating booth, and two long benches that fold out into a bed.
“We worked with this really great carpenter who has a background in doing cabinetry and working in boats,” Winkelman says. “He has expertise in fitting things to small spaces.”
Tony Jose of Linekin Bay Woodworkers did the millwork, adding beautiful salvaged quarter-sawn oak flooring and a water closet and vanity, as well as benches and booths with storage underneath.
The designers put every space in the cozy 91-square-foot van to good use. Along with storage underneath the benches, they added shelving overhead. They rewired the van for electricity and installed rustic-chic lamps and sconces that were designed and made in-house at Winkelman Architecture. The team brought the van back to working order without having to replace its original design elements, which add to its boho charm.
A roof rack enables the family to bring kayaks along on outdoor adventures.
Boston interior designer Vince Moulton took on transforming the interior. “Vince was part of the design process from the beginning and created the great hippie-Moroccan feeling with the layers of pattern and beads,” Winkelman says.
Moulton softened the wood interior with paisley motifs, beaded lampshades, vibrant teal cushions, and an array of eclectic throw pillows, creating a luxurious home on wheels.