This 1994 Safari Continental RV remodel is amazing! It has a perfect combination of function and style.
Living Free and Simple
Lacy and Cliff Young did what so many of us have done or plan to do – they said goodbye to debt and hello to freedom.
They decided to sell everything they owned and buy an older RV to call home. They wanted to live a more simple life. Lacy comments on her Instagram that the move “set us free in so many ways. And we remain there. Free. Grateful. Living simply.”
Before the RV Remodel
Like most new RV owners, Lacy and Cliff Young wanted to update and decorate their newly purchased RV. Unfortunately, also like most RV and camper owners, they quickly discovered mold, an issue that costs RV owners millions of dollars every year to repair.
The ceiling and windows had been leaking in the RV for a while. Water was coming in through the window seals and the ceiling-to-wall joint and going down behind the walls. Here’s the RV before the remodel began:
As you can see, there is no sign of water damage or mold. The Young’s would have likely never found the mold had they not began gutting the interior for the remodel.
Mold and Mildew
RV’s and campers are highly susceptible to water damage. They are constructed to sustain high winds and rough roads while still being lightweight and watertight.
A small amount of water, or humidity, can cause a significant amount of mold and mildew because it multiplies quickly.
When buying an RV the biggest concern is always leaks and water damage. Soft floors, rotted wood, and leaks can be unknown to the current owners and for the less-than-honest owners they are very easy to conceal. It takes a miracle and a thorough investigation to spot issues and oftentimes issues don’t reveal themselves until weeks or months after purchase.
Related: Tackling Mold in Our RV
Luckily for us, mold didn’t stop the Young’s. They got the RV to a professional and had it beautifully repaired and remodeled.
RV Remodel Done Right – From Mold to Gold
Lacy and Cliff had some help from interior designer Jamie House. Together they were able to make the RV a stylish, highly-functional home on wheels.
An amazing difference can be seen in the living and dining areas. Trading in the drab brown for a nice bright white added some much needed light to the whole area. It brighten the entire RV up and created a more spacious feel.
They added a touch of privacy by installing a rod and putting up a shower curtain to block off the front window, giving privacy and an at home feel while not in motion.
The kitchen makes a bold statement with paint.
A smart trick for pulling the eye into a space and making it feel larger is by adding bold color to the lower half of the room and lighter color to the top half. This somehow tricks the eye into making a sweep from floor to ceiling.
An under-counter sink was installed along with a new faucet, butcher block counter tops and white tiles for the back splash. A toaster oven replaced the big bulky microwave making more space in the kitchen area.
The bedroom had some of the biggest changes. In order to fit their huge California King size mattress into the room the couple had no choice other than to fold it like a taco. The long cabinets in the corners had to be removed to make room.
The back wall is decorated using reclaimed wood adding a touch of originality along with some color.
This 1994 Safari Continental has a great layout. The bathroom is accessible from the bathroom instead of the living space or kitchen. The wall separating the bathroom from the bedroom is personalized and creates an impact:
Small stone flooring was installed in the bathroom giving the space plenty of style and water proofing.
Cabinet Hardware Makes a Huge Difference in Small Spaces
They also installed modern cabinet handles in each room. The styles are cohesive but not all the same. This helps to create an original look and feel within each room.
Cabinet hardware is an easy DIY project that makes a huge difference. They are easy to change but hard to choose. Better Homes and Gardens has some great tips for choosing cabinet hardware here.
Maybe all of the mold they found wasn’t such an unfortunate thing after all!
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