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about this RV renovation
Type of RV: 2015 Keystone Hideout 29 BKS
Renovated by: @wayland_ventures / Timeline: 7 weeks
Chris and Tiernee, also known as Wayland Ventures, are full-time RV renovators that work with clients all over the country. Today we’re peeking inside their latest project, a 2015 Keystone RV Renovation they customized for a family with three kids.
Not only did they help the family find the perfect RV, but they put together a personal design plan based on their wants and needs. The interior has boho-farmhouse vibes and includes a clever way to disguise the television when not in use.
What inspired you to renovate RV’s?
Like many, the pause we experienced in 2020 with the pandemic, caused us to reflect on our lives and trajectory at a deeper level than ever before. We remembered how much we like to be creative and work with our hands, something neither of us had in our 9-5 desk jobs. It was a process that took place over the summer of 2020 and our first RV renovation, Penny, a 1979 Mallard we found in a farmer’s cornfield. By 2021 Chris resigned from his higher education position and began renovating RVs full-time for our newly born renovation and design business, Wayland Ventures. Tiernee has slowly been reducing her hours as a counselor and will join Chris full-time in 2023.
What made you choose this specific RV?
When choosing this specific RV we had already sat down with our clients and talked about their needs, wants, and “why” for an RV. We knew it had to have two bedrooms including a bunk room for their 3 kids, be under 7000 lbs, slide out preferred, and have the ability to incorporate a fireplace/mantel wall. We knew they planned to park it on their land as a “cabin” retreat, but also wanted the ability to travel with it if they choose to. When we go shopping for used RVs for our clients, we go to look at them in-person and get to know the current owners. We like to know how often they used the RV and if they took care of maintenance or stored it over the Wisconsin Winters. We have a short camping season here in the Midwest which means, if the RV was properly maintained and stored, they stay in excellent condition for a very long time. This RV was stored indoors over the winter and cared for lovingly during the summer at a seasonal site. We knew we found the one when we took a look inside and saw all the potential to customize the layout for our clients!
How would you describe your decorating style?
We are often described as “Boho Farmhouse”. While we work in many different styles depending on our clients likes and dislikes, we often work in this modern “lived in” style.
Was this renovation inspired by anything or anyone specific?
Our clients had a big role in choosing the style and colors for this remodel. We had them send us inspiration photos of spaces and styles they love, telling us a bit about why and what they loved about the photos. After reviewing the inspiration photos we put together a mood board conveying the overall aesthetic using the actual materials, colors, and textures of the remodel. With Kampr, our clients wanted to incorporate three different styles: Boho, Scandinavian, and Farmhouse. For our clients, these three styles intersected around a love and appreciation for Nature.
What’s your favorite aspect of interior design?
We really love the ability to be creative, solve problems, and create spaces that reflect our clients personalities and values. Both being from the public service sector, we do enjoy working with people and seeing joy on their faces! It is truly a gift to be doing something that not only brings us tremendous joy, but also our clients. We meet some really amazing people and they all inhabit #rvlife for different reasons. Getting to know our clients and their “why” inspires us to create a space that allows them to live comfortably while pursuing their dreams.
“When we saw our buddies Renee and Brad @wisco_flip share this awesome RV tip we knew we would be using it in our next reno!! And probably every reno to come!
Covering the TV when not in use with a beautiful piece of art is just our style and pace! When using the TV, the artwork hangs on the opposite side of the wall in the main bedroom.We ordered the canvas print from Easy Canvas Prints.”
What project made the most difference?
Building the mantel and fireplace wall completely changed the feel of the space. It immediately went from, “I am definitely in an RV” to “I feel at home”! The main bedroom originally had two entrances so we closed the entrance closest to the slide out and built a faux brick wall with a mantel, fireplace, bookshelves, and recessed TV. Now, with only one entrance to the bedroom, we flipped the bed, took out one closet and shortened the other making space for a residential 60″ x 80″ mattress. We covered the backside of the fireplace wall with a white shiplap and added a geometric detail.
What was most challenging about this renovation?
The most challenging part of this renovation was reimagining and renovating the bunk room. Our clients are taller people and wanted to be sure the bunks lasted a long time for their children as they grew. We found that we could move the wall in the bunk room extending the length of the bunks one side about 3-4 inches. This may not seem like a lot, but in an RV it is! We had to be mindful of the slide out on the other side of the wall and make sure we left enough clearance for the pantry cabinet our clients wanted to keep. When moving the wall, we also decided to install a pocket door creating even more space in the bunk room! There was a lot of measuring and a lot of problem-solving, and that is what we love to do!
Do you have any favorite places to source products and decor?
We love to check out our locally owned decor and interior design shops!
What’s your favorite piece of decor or splurge-worthy item that was incorporated into the interior?
Our favorite design element of Kampr were the slat walls. They didn’t necessarily cost an extraordinary amount of money, but they did cost hours of time planning, prepping, and installing! In the end, all the brain power and time was definitely worth it when our clients told us how happy and surprised they were!
Do you have a favorite RV destination or camping spot?
We really love camping in our beautiful home state of Wisconsin. There are so many camping spots and we can’t pick a favorite as we are still exploring! We recently camped in Bayfield, WI and did some hiking, rock climbing, kayaking and swimming in the ice cold waters of Lake Superior.
Most asked about product sources:
Stain color: Bourbon by Rubio Monocoat
Cabinet color: Nature’s Gift by Behr
What advice would you give someone about to begin an RV renovation?
Expect it to take longer and cost more than you plan! And also, nothing is square in an RV. Be sure to have your RV as level as possible before starting. RVs are made to withstand twisting and bumping around so they do shift when they are not level which will definitely impact your measurements!
Do you take on custom renovation projects or offer design consulting?
We do!! And we love it! We work with clients in a pre-purchase contract where we find the RV that fits there needs and take it to the next level with personal and customized renovation and design. We offer free consultation calls to walk through the process and answer any questions clients might have. More information can be found on our website under the “Work With Us” tab. We do also work with client-owned renovations and design consultation on a case-by-case basis. We look forward to hearing from you!