This custom camper van was created out of a Ram ProMaster for less than $20,000. See inside the design from one of the newest camper converters.

Dirtbag Conversions' Ram ProMaster build.
Dirtbag Conversions’ Ram ProMaster build.

Dirtbag Conversions

  • Oregon has a new camper van conversion company: Dirtbag Conversions, which was officially registered in May.

  • The company was founded by Kevin Marquardt, who has been converting vans for several years under the “Dirtbag Conversions” name.

  • Despite the company’s infancy, Marquardt has already seen a large number of inquiries, which he attributes to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • One of his builds, created on a 159-inch ProMaster with a high roof, was completed for under $20,000 for a client who wanted a van to take on long weekend trips.

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There are a multitude of van conversion companies in the market right now. One of the latest to enter the scene, Dirtbag Conversions, turned a 159-inch Ram ProMaster high roof van into a custom camper RV for under $20,000 for a client who wanted a van to

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20 Home Renovations That Will Hurt Your Home’s Value

Your home isn’t just a source of pride or a place where you can relax after a long day — it’s also an investment in your family’s future. And while it’s natural to want to make improvements to increase your home’s resale value, some renovations will actually cost you money in the long run. Just because you see something as an improvement doesn’t mean a potential buyer will feel the same way.

Find out which of these bad renovations you should avoid if you’re looking to make upgrades to your home this fall.

Last updated: Sept. 9, 2020

Lavish Lighting Fixtures

One common home improvement mistake is falling in love with unique or lavish light fixtures, said Alon Barzilay, founder of real estate development company Urban Conversions.

“Whether it be ceiling-mounted lights in a dining room or a hanging pendant, there is a psychological phenomenon that happens when you go

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Top designers share their secrets for creating a productive home office

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Yes, it's possible to create a calm work space at home. (Photo: Havenly)
Yes, it’s possible to create a calm work space at home. (Photo: Havenly)

With all of us conducting business from our counters and sofas these days, having a dedicated home office is on everyone’s wish list. Case in point: Havenly, an online interior design service, says that requests for home offices skyrocketed from 6 percent in 2019 to 26 percent today. And since February requests have gone up 160 percent.

“It all jumped the week of March 16, when the world went indoors,” says Lee Mayer, CEO of Havenly. “Even when we can go back, more people will work from home than ever before. So having a space you can be productive in will

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Five Problematic Design Terms You Should Retire or Rethink

Photo credit: Alice Morgan
Photo credit: Alice Morgan

From House Beautiful

Part of being an interior designer is knowing the vocabulary. A good designer can discuss Kuba cloth, Greek Revival architectural details, and clerestory windows with ease. But there are other words in the design lexicon that have more fraught backstories, including origins in colonialism, prejudice, and slavery. Recently, the internet was abuzz when TMZ revealed that the Houston Association of Realtors dropped “master bedroom” from listings because some realtors felt “master” was a reminder of slavery. Many builders began shifting to “owner’s suite” a few years ago because that includes buyers of all genders (House Beautiful has dropped the term from its style guide in favor of the simple “main”).

But the truth is, there are many more examples of how problematic history has permeated our vocabularies. And in order to make an effort to combat systemic racism, we must commit to

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