BLACK WALLS, PINK TILES AND A CARAVAN – THE LATEST THREE BIRDS RENO PROVES THAT BREAKING THE RULES CAN SOMETIMES DELIVER PERFECT RESULTS
The Three Birds Renovations team transform a shabby caravan in NSW into a beautiful riverside weekender
WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD “CARAVAN”, you probably conjure up visions of budget holidays, cramped spaces and grey nomads. But when the reno wizzes at Three Birds Renovations were presented with a rundown beige caravan set on the muddy banks of a NSW river, they immediately saw its potential and set about turning it into the ultimate weekender. “What drew us to the project was the challenge of doing such a small space in a colour palette that was really different to anything we’ve done,” says Lana Taylor, director at Three Birds. “We had to think creatively to make the space beautiful but also practical, so it could sleep as many people as possible.”
A WOMAN’S TOUCH Gone is the Birds’ usual all-white coastal vibe and instead, black fibre-cement cladding dominates with an interior palette of gold, green, black and pink. “To us, the concept of a river shack felt quite masculine, so we wanted to pretty it up, which you see as soon as you arrive and spot the bright pink caravan,” Lana says.
CLEVER TRICKS Another surprise addition is the vinyl flooring. “Twenty years ago you would’ve just thought ‘yuck’, but vinyl flooring has come a long way,” Lana says. “We chose vinyl planks because they’re really durable, don’t scratch, are water-resistant and easy to clean, which was so important with lots of muddy feet coming through.” With the brief of sleeping as many bodies as possible, the shack has many dual-purpose spaces that transform into places to sleep at night. This comes by way of considered furniture choices and clever uses of space, like the day beds that convert to sleeping quarters and the ottoman that folds out to a bed.
HOW’S THE SERENITY? And then, of course, there’s the real star: the river. “It was all about the river for us, so the whole home is designed to make sure that wherever you’re sitting, you have a great vantage point,” Lana says. That’s what we call a room with a view.