Last summer we bought a 1994 Ford Econoline conversion van camper. We had outgrown our charming but cramped and delicate vintage travel trailer, and wanted to take our rv living onto the fastlane (ie. highway) with a conversion van that could go the distance from the midwest to visit family in Florida… and we wanted to take our dog.
We decided on a retro look for the shower curtain, and found exactly what we were looking for on-line – the kind of rounded-rectangle track you see in old-fashioned, claw-foot tubs where the curtain draws all the way around the inside of the tub. This allowed us to keep the window for added ventilation while protecting the original plaster walls. If you ordered online, you need to call or email IKEA. There should be a contact number or address on your invoice to call with problems. Alternatively, you can try 1-866-866-IKEA or email them (use the form at -/IKEAContactUs/… if you’re in the US).
It is easy to get caught up into choosing sinks, showers, vanities and mirrors, but remember to leave room for storage space. Consider using the space on the upper portion of the wall for shelving or cabinets. There are also plenty of storage racks that fit neatly into tight spots. You can spend just a $100 on a very basic vanity but I recommend splurging a little here. The vanity and the tile are the focal point of your bathroom. I find I can get a very nice 30- to 36-inch vanity and vanity top for between $300 and $400. But you can easily spend $1,000 or more on this item alone.
Tile is another material that you touch and feel each day. While you can find quality options for $5 per square foot, super cut-rate tiles may have slight size inconsistencies. The results will be crooked lines that make a bathroom look shoddy. A glass block window, albeit one that distorts images, may not feel private enough. Consider a second shower curtain rod fitted with a short matching shower curtain for more shower privacy.
The two big exterior jobs we hired out. We got lots of recommendations and then had our driveway and walkway redone with brick pavers. The front step was unnecessary and removed completely, not to mention that the pavers raised the level of the walkway, so they went right up beneath the door. Now that you have an idea on how to measure your materials, where do you get them? We’ll cover that next.