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Ready To Start Your Own DIY Van Build?

Get the exact dimensions, van floor plans and instructions you need to simplify the entire van conversion process, and join a private community on Facebook where you can get your questions answered directly.

Get the details for ONLY $57


What’s Inside…


You’ll get instant access to the Interior Build Dimensions for 5 different van conversions. This includes details like:

  • The Best Bathroom & Kitchen Van Floor Plans

  • A Components/Materials List

  • Cabinet and Layout Dimensions

  • Electrical and Plumbing Diagrams

  • Helpful tips for Building your own DIY Van

  • Private Facebook group where you can get answers from us directly

    The Van Layout Guide is the best van floor plan resource available for building your own van.

See How To Build These 5 Different DIY Vans

The Beach House

Perfect for singles and couples!

This van layout is our personal favorite. In fact, we lived in this van as a couple for almost 2 years.

The best feature of “The Beach House” van layout is its expansive window layout. The wraparound side & rear window design allows you to back your van up to any landscape and instantly live in natural luxury.

This van layout includes a functional design with light wood features, lots of natural light, a full kitchen, full bathroom with a toilet and shower, and convertible bed/dining area.

The Outdoorsman & the extended outdoorsman

Perfect for the adventure lover!

Underneath the main living space, this van features additional dedicated space for bikes, boards, camping gear and more.

“The Outdoorsman” van layout boasts darker, more natural looking wood features, a full kitchen, bathroom, shower, and convertible bed and dining area.

If you’re bringing active gear with you on the road, this van layout is perfect for you. It’s dual floor design gives you plenty of extra storage in the main van area as well as in the mini garage area underneath the table/bed.

The Family Van

Perfect to Sleep a Family of 4!

This layout was inspired by our clients who needed a sleeping and seating solution for them and their two kids. 

They loved the convertible bed/table area that we incorporate into our builds as well as the full bathroom with a toilet and shower. Since we had to install a bench seat for the kids to ride in while driving, we knew that this van build was all about maximum storage and functionality!

So we ended up coming up with a convertible bunk bed solution by utilizing a HappiJac bed lift. This gave them the best of both worlds - they have a place to sit and eat together as a family AND two beds - the lower bed is an almost king size bed and the top bed is double size.


144” Sprinter with a Bathroom

This is our most recent van layout and was inspired by our client who is a solo male traveller. He didn’t need as much space so he opted for the 144” wheelbase Sprinter Van but still wanted to have a full bathroom since he is living in it full time. We adapted our original Beach House layout to fit the 144” Sprinter.




van build guide bundle


Get the Van Layout Guide and the Van Starter Guide for a discount when you buy the bundle.




About The Creators

Sara & Alex James
Van Conversion Experts

Sara and Alex James are the creators of 40 Hours of Freedom, an internationally recognized travel, lifestyle and adventure brand.

They currently own a Custom Van Build & Conversion shop in San Diego, California and have partnered with contracting expert, Tom Germain (who has over 40+ years of experience in custom home designs), to create this Van Layout Guide.

Sara and Alex are expecting parents, nature lovers and big advocates for sustainable, minimalistic living!



Save when you buy both the Van Layout Guide and the Van Starter Guide.

What’s Inside the Van Starter Guide….

  • FINDING THE RIGHT VAN: Which van should you choose? We'll cover the 3 most popular vans for van life.

  • PLANNING YOUR LAYOUT: What will be the most functional layout for your needs? 

  • DO YOU REALLY NEED A BATHROOM? Is a toilet and shower a must? We'll discuss the pros and cons.

  • VAN BUILD ESSENTIALS: Don't skimp on these essentials! You should do these 4 things first before starting your van build.

  • WINDOWS & WINDOW PLACEMENT: Wondering if you should install windows? We'll discuss the benefits of windows and where to put them.

  • INSULATING YOUR VAN: The great debate! We'll go over what's really important when it comes to insulation.

  • SOLAR, ELECTRICAL & LIGHTING: Avoid costly mistakes by following these electrical basics

  • VENTILATION, HEAT & A/C: Thinking about air conditioning? We'll discuss the realities of a/c, ventilation and heat in a van.

  • PLUMBING & WATER FILTRATION: We'll share what plumbing basics you need as well has having filtered drinking water.

  • KITCHEN APPLIANCES: Wondering if you need an expensive RV fridge or what cooktop to get? We'll break it all down.



  1. Is this a pdf, ebook or membership site?

    • This is a lifetime membership site. After you checkout, you will set up an account that you can come back to access anytime. We also include downloadable PDFs for all 3D renderings showing the dimensions of each aspect of the van build.

  2. Do I receive lifetime access to the Van Layout Guide?

    • Yes! Your $57 purchase gets you lifetime access to the Van Layout Guide as well as all future updates.

  3. Will You be adding more layouts in the future?

    • Yes! If you didn’t hear the big news, we now have a Van Conversion Shop in Boise doing custom builds for clients. We will be adding the layouts of each build we do to this guide.

  4. Is this a step-by-step build guide?

    • No, this is not a step by step guide due to safety and liability concerns. Each van build is complex and complicated, and no “step by step” guide is going to be able to accurately teach you how to build your van if you do not have any experience. This is a Layout Guide - it will help you figure out your van floor plan and build a van with a layout similar to one of our vans. If you are wondering how tall your countertops should be, the specs of our bathroom, how big to make a bed, etc - this Layout Guide is for you!

  5. Does this layout work for all van conversions?

    • Yes! This will be able to help you make a floor plan for your van conversion.