Kicking It Up A Notch for DIY
Our core business is the design, development, and manufacture of products for van builders and the DIY market. Regardless of your circumstance or skill set, our goal is to provide what you need to get on the road in style, and within your budget. Our clients take a variety of approaches:
- Some want our professional installers to do their entire project in our Portland, OR van conversion shop.
- Many are drawn to specific products such as our Smooth Rail Mounting System, FU-Kit Bed System, Strap Up Bed System (coming soon), or any variety of our modular cabinetry solutions, and in some cases, they hire a local builder to help install our products.
- Others choose to hire experts to do the shell/core work (electrical, plumbing, paneling, flooring, etc..), then use our DIY products for the main components (cabinets, beds, accessories, etc..).
- Many more choose to do their own van build, using our products for some, most, or all of it.
Our mission is to support all of these approaches, and everything in between. We are here to provide you with what you need to get on the road!
The DIY Dilemma
In our experience, most DIY van builders choose this approach because of a specific aspect of their design. This often involves an innovation, idea, or custom need that they are excited to bring into the world. In some cases it is due to a particular area of expertise such as an electrician, a wood worker, or a fabricator that is excited to do that portion of the van build.
However, when faced with the scope and complexities of a full van build, the prospect can be quite daunting. In reality a van build involves almost as much complexity as building a home, and few individuals possess all of the skills and tools to do every aspect of their build without a lot of support. Sometimes these realities lead to procrastination or project abandonment, and we hate to see that!
Our Modular Approach
(aka “Build It Your Way”)
The Roost line of products is designed to provide the support you need, in conjunction with the inspiration and freedom to pursue your passions. This is baked into our “mix & match, use what you want” line of products, and serves the do-it-yourself builder particularly well. We can often help tackle aspects of the build that are a particular challenge, while freeing a van owner to focus on the more desirable aspects of their build.
We cherish the symbiotic relationship we have with our fellow creators and do everything we can to support this approach. Our DIY customers often remain in contact with us through their build process, sending pictures, offering suggestions, and making additional requests for products and support. These interactions fuel our commitment to a constant state of improvement, and allow us to regularly refine and improve our products and services.
One of the most common requests we receive is for assistance with sourcing matching materials and hardware (particularly bamboo, rail material, and specific hardware). Though we are happy to point these builders to our suppliers, many of our suppliers either don’t sell to the public, only sell in bulk, and/or have shipping costs that are prohibitive for smaller orders (this is specifically true of bamboo and steel).
It is in response to these requests; we are pleased to announce a major expansion of our product line to include:
We offer these new options as a courtesy to support our DIY clients. We definitely aren’t trying to become a high-volume material supplier. We have set our pricing to be as affordable as possible, but the reality is that to provide this service, we pay to ship in both directions, cut/assemble, re-package, and re-ship these materials, as well as the associated administrative and overhead costs.
We encourage you to attempt to source materials and hardware directly with local or online suppliers when it is affordable and practical to do so, using our offerings when not. Further, sourcing material can be a daunting and time-consuming task, and you may find that it takes you many hours to save a few bucks, and still possibly not find the right material.
It is for these situations that we are here to help. We want to provide an easy and reasonably affordable way for our customers to source top quality, matching material so they can focus their time and energy on the passion project(s) that led them to do their own build in the first place