Kitchen Unit And Worktop
Building the kitchen area in the van was not going to be an easy task and it really take a lot of thinking and planning.
The kitchen area needed room for:
- 70 Litre water tank
- 11kg Gas Bottle (Gas It)
- Water Pump
- Water Accumulator
- 2 Ring Hob
- Hot Water Tank
- Fuse Box
- Switches and sockets
This is a lot to fit in such a small area (roughly 2 meters by 0.5 meters) but I was up for the task.
Before building the kitchen unit the wall needed to be finished cladding and insulated.
To decide how big I wanted the kitchen unit and each individual cupboard I put the water tank and gas bottle on the floor where I wanted them and built the unit around them.
Once the frame was built I could then take out the items for now so they don’t get in the way .
I went for a black kitchen worktop as I thought this would go best with the colour scheme of everything.
To cut the worktop to shape I measured the kitchen unit and then added 20mm extra for overhang around the edges. Since you only get one chance at cutting the worktop I triple checked all my measurements (Worktops are not cheap and I did not want to go waste money on another one).
I put masking tape on the worktop so I could see my measurements better and so I don’t ruin it. Since I was going to cut it with a hand saw I used a strip of wood as a guide and clamped in place, this way it was easier for me to cut and less chance of cutting wrong.
I chose to cut the length to shape first.
After cutting I then sanded the edges.
I repeated this process for the width of the worktop as well.
Now that’s its cut it can be simply screwed to the unit.
Cutting Hole And Installing Sink, Tap And Gas Hob
Cutting and installing these items can be done multiple ways but this is the way I did it.
I wanted my hob above my gas bottle cupboard, so first I found the centre point of the cupboard and marked that on the worktop and then I took the measurements of the hob that drops in to the worktop.
Once done I marked those measurement on the worktop and made sure it was central with my cupboard marking. Now when I cut my hole for the hob it should be in the centre above my cupboard.
When cutting I drilled a hole first to get my jigsaw blade in the worktop and slowly cut the hole out.
The gas hob just sits in the hole perfectly. It came with bracket fixing to secure it to the worktop from underneath to stop it from moving. They just simply screw in the hob and clamp it tightly.
Now all that’s left is to connect the gas but I will cover this in a later post.
Cutting the hole in the worktop for the sink I used the same method as I did with the gas hob. I installed the sink directly above the double cupboards in the middle of the unit.
Once the hole was cut and the sink could sit in the worktop nicely I the ran in to a little trouble, I only just noticed that the sink I had purchased off eBay does not have any fixings or can be fixed to a worktop in any way, so the only option was to glue it down.
I used some no more nails glue, simply put plenty underneath the sink part that sits on to the top of the worktop and left to dry, while it was drying I put some heavy items on top of the sink so it did not move while drying.
The tap was fairly easy to install. Once I decided where I wanted it I marked it on the worktop. I then needed to drill 4 holes, two of them for fixing it down and two for the water hose connection.
Once I added the fixing bolt and poked them through the two back holes, they were then tightened underneath the worktop with a couple of nuts.
All it needs now is connecting to water tank but I will cover this in a later post.
I left the cladding to last as I thought it would be easier to access under the worktop while doing awkward bits without the cladding there. I used the same style as I have done with my other furniture such as bed and cupboard.
I also added walls on the inside of unit to separate the kitchen cupboards.
So this has been a basic of how I built my kitchen unit and installed a sink, hob and tap. later I will upload a post on how to connect water, electric and gas to the kitchen area.
A Little Extra
I have added a cupboard for the instant hot water and some shelves above the kitchen. I will go in to more detail about this soon.