4. We are finally floored!

Dull subject, but obviously necessary…this is the tale of a floored van…

Having de-rusted and painted the floor a fetching shade of green in our last installment, we (ie Stevie the carpenter) then made wooden struts to cross the floor in order to have something to attach the plywood to. These wooden struts were salvaged from some ex-park benches from the council that would otherwise have been burned:

They were both screwed and glued down. Next came the cutting out and squeezing in of some salvaged polystyrene insulation boards.

Then onto the sound proofing. This was done using a product called “PeaceMAT” and quite expensive (all costings will come in a later post), but so very necessary. Having previously owned a VERY noisy LDV Convoy minibus van when our children were young, where the only way to have a conversation whilst driving was at the top of your voice, we were determined to invest in the best sound proofing possible!

So, getting high on the glue fumes, both the floor and the walls were covered:

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The ceiling is yet to be done. But now, finally…..THE FLOOR!!! 5mm Chinese hard wood ply. This will also be used for the walls and ceiling, but for now…

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We are floored!! Hurrah!

This whole process took 2 very long days…lots of tedious measuring and re-measuring; but it is one of the most important stages, laying the foundations. Meanwhile we sit, and design, and dream of, the perfect interior…but that is MUCH later. Next will be insulation for the walls and ceiling and lining those with ply. Bet you can hardly wait…!!!

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