Design and Architecture

Turning an old trailer into a modern home with a retro kitchen and boho-style living room

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The movement of tiny houses is becoming more and more popular. Designers and amateurs to do something with their own hands share amazing results in social networks.

One of these turned out and Justine Wilson, a designer from Sydney. She turned an old van for 12 thousand dollars (785 thousand rubles) into a posh house. Repair had to spend a thousand dollars (65 thousand rubles) more.

"For this project, I chose an old van bought from A One Caravan Repairs. We could redo it, add the necessary amenities," says Justine, director of Vault Interiors. "Surprisingly, despite the 80th year of production, the van was in good condition. The team of professionals checked all the main communications. It only required the repair of the roof."

When this was done, Justine installed new work surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom, removed the old furniture, preparing herself free space for creativity.

“In the warehouse, the team and I carried out redecoration in the van. You will not believe what can be achieved with a layer of fresh paint and properly selected items,” emphasizes Justine.

So the shabby old van turned into a stylish motorhome with pale pink and white decor outside.

“This is a retro-style van, but pink is at the peak of popularity, so I had no doubt that I would easily find accessories,” said Justine.

After that came the turn of the inner filling. For the interior chosen paint white. This helped to visually expand the space, make it brighter.

“Instead of the old floor, which was nightmarish, we made an inexpensive floating one. For small houses, this is a great option. It’s easy to take care of, and there are a lot of colors,” says Justine.

A mini-fridge appeared in the kitchen. Together with the living room, it is made in vintage style. At the same time, almost all furniture has a dual purpose.

"In small spaces, it is important not only to create a beautiful, but also very functional atmosphere," stresses Justine.

The living room was decorated with ottoman, rug and small side tables, which can be chairs at the same time. The sofa bed is folded, making room for guests.

Renovation of the bathroom was a new curtain for the shower, beautiful baskets for storage and a dry closet.

"I like to get rid of the hanging cabinets. It gives extra air. So we did in the kitchen and in the living room. Books and souvenirs in a conspicuous place, while there is no load. Since the van is often in place, it gives the right atmosphere at home - says the designer.

If you plan to travel, fragile things can be packed in an ottoman, and accessories will give a feeling of home even on a deserted road.

“I also hung several posters, threw pillows to add color and personality. We love updating old vans. Several have already found their owners who want to travel comfortably,” says Justine, stressing that tiny houses are still at the peak of popularity.

In her opinion, there are several factors that explain the craving of people to small houses. Such housing is available, it is autonomous and not tied to one place.

"These houses are ideal for young people who do not pull a serious investment in real estate. In addition, you can realize the craving for travel," she concluded.

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