Lane Jacobson, from Mammoth Lakes, Calif., begins construction in the back of his newly purchased van on Feb. 21, 2016 in Carrboro, N.C. In 2010, Jacobson left the Airforce Academy and a $400,000 scholarship. He eventually transfered to UNC Chapel Hill, and in 2015 he graduated with degrees in English and anthropology and over $40,000 in student loans.
Jacobson sits outside of his van on April 25. In February, he decided to build a home in the back of a van and move out of his apartment in May, giving him the opportunity to travel and make larger payments on his loans.
Jacobson manages multiple credit cards as he pays bills on April 24. He said he did the project with the "gamble, but assumption that once it's done I'm going to be able to save a lot of money, not paying rent, not paying utilities."
Jacobson checks out of Home Depot, where he has been over 50 times in the last few months as he builds his new home, on April 9. "As I realized how many obstacles there were going to be, I said...I can't stop now," he said.
Jacobson continues construction on April 9.
Jacobson lies in his bed in the van on April 18.
Jacobson manages the Flyleaf Books table at a comic convention in Raleigh, N.C. on April 16. Jacobson began working full time at the bookstore after graduating from UNC. "We're the weirdest group of people. Ever," Jacobson said about his co-workers.
Jacobson and Amanda Ibarra, who also works at Flyleaf Books, watch Game of Thrones together in his van on April 20. Jacobson said working on the van "took its toll" on some relationships, because it has been so time-consuming. "But there was always the hope that...once it was done, it was going to pay that back exponentially because I'd be living a really simple life that forced me to be out and be with people."
Jacobson scrambles eggs in his van on April 26.
Barry, a 9-year-old who lives in Jacobson's neighborhood, stops by the van on April 24. Barry and Jacobson became friends when he started building his home in the van, because Barry would come by multiple times a week. "He's not a kid with a lot of reservations.... He was very insistent on helping."
Jacobson watches the sunrise in Wilmington, N.C. on April 24. "You have those moments where you go on a trip...and think 'that was so beautiful.' And that can be every morning."