Jeff Hill's Van


Dear Mr. Kahn,

I received your book, Shelter, as a gift a few years back and found it so inspiring. I was living in San Francisco at the time, and was so drawn to your work, the simplicity of it all. Shortly after being gifted your book I found myself actively pursuing a dream I had talked about for a while.

Buying an old van and building it into a custom camper. With your Shelter aesthetic in mind, and no real building skills but the few basics my father had taught me as a kid, I began construction on my tiny home. I was living out of this van in San Francisco and working on it when I found the time and money, slowly getting walls and partitions built. Because I was living in a city environment stealth was the name of the game, and my basic conversion van exterior gives no ideas of just how homey the interior is, but for good reason.

It took some time to get things finished and to this day I can always find projects that need completing, but all in all I feel good about the project. I’ve wanted to reach out to you for some time now, and I don’t know why it took me this long, but I wanted to share some pictures, because you inspired me so greatly!

I hope to build my own home one of these days, and have a feeling Shelter is going to be my main guide!

–Jeff Hill

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