There are quite a few Irish caravan owners on our Facebook Group, Mobile Home Living: Remodels and Repairs. Caravans are a bit different from the American manufactured home but they’re still on a chassis and can be as gorgeous as any other home. This featured home proves it.
Irish Caravan has Unlimited Potential
Many families in Ireland have holiday homes, or caravans, where they relax on the weekends and during the summer. Our featured home owned by Kieran Ó Cinnsealaigh. It’s an Atlas Florida with 2 bedrooms. Kieran and his wife bought the unit last year and have been busy renovating so they can spend summers with the kids in it.
The renovation is finished and the results are stunning!
Kieran’s caravan was in really good condition when he purchased it. Although a little dated, the caravan had nice flooring and a spacious interior with plenty of natural light.
Irish caravans aren’t as large as their American counterparts but they are very well designed. Lots of windows and an open floor plan for the kitchen and living room are common in caravans.
Caravans also tend to have a ‘feature’ wall with a mirror and propane heater or fireplace under it. The mirror helps bounce light around and make the space feel larger.
Both bedrooms were functional but boring. Like travel trailers here in the U.S. they had overhead cabinets and included windows.
Many countries in Europe place just as many rules and regulations on caravans as America does on manufactured homes. In France, for example, you can only use a caravan (or holiday home) as a vacation home and can only live in it for a few months each year. Other countries only allow them in parks.
The master bedroom has a lot of storage but the vinyl panel walls need painting. Learn how to paint vinyl wallboards in mobile homes and caravans here.
The Stunning Results
The couple did a fantastic job on this caravan. New upholstery for the sitting area and fresh paint throughout did wonders for the interior.
The kitchen got new paint and a new backsplash. See 33 great backsplash ideas for mobile homes here.
The kitchen flooring is one of my all-time favorites! Warm woods paired with white and a few bright accents is my all-time favorite combination so this Irish caravan is right up my alley.
Changing just one feature in a home, preferably a larger piece, can give a room a new look. A new mirror above the faux fireplace gave the whole caravan a fresh new look.
Both bedrooms have been totally transformed with new paint and window treatments. Using a white base makes it easy to change up the decor in the caravan. They’ve kept things simple which is one of the reasons it’s such a gorgeous home.
Leonardo DaVinci is credited with saying that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and it fits this situation well – by keeping the home minimal the family gets to focus on making memories.
I think this Irish caravan update is beautiful and I appreciate Kieran sharing it with us and allowing me to share it with you. Do you have a cool caravan or holiday house? I’d love to share it.
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