Maringotka – A Traditional Caravan Gets A Homey Makeover

This caravan from Šumavě in Czech mixes the old with the new to create a homey retreat. Simply nicknamed Maringotka (Czech for caravan), the project was undertaken by local firm Miramari Design.


Pavlínov u Hartmanic, Monika Lněničková

Despite appearances the project is actually a renovation. The caravan’s original dated interior has been transformed into a modern bohemian home. It contains a total of 258 square feet (24 square meters) and is slightly wider than the legal limit in Europe, so moving it between sites is very occasional.


Pavlínov u Hartmanic, Monika Lněničková

The interior features a pared-down palette of greys and cream. There’s a slightly nautical feel to the finish with its circular windows and industrial-esque lights. The front is finished with large shuttered windows, allowing you to adjust the light levels.


Pavlínov u Hartmanic, Monika Lněničková

From the outside, a series of steps take you up and directly into the caravan. The centre of the home is taken up by a dining/living room. To the left of the dining table there’s a snug sleeping space, and to its right, the kitchen and bathroom.

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The caravan is built from a steel frame and spruce wood, during the renovation it was also re-insulated to bring it up to modern standards. The rooms themselves – the kitchen and bathroom in particular – were also updated to include all the mod cons you’d expect to find in a new model.

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During the winter months occupants can take advantage of the wood-burning stove to keep the space toasty. The Maringotka is a unique tiny home that marries old and new to create a comfortable, familiar retreat.

For more tiny houses check out this Sprinter van conversion that enables its owner to travel in relative comfort and on a budget. Or, the Chickadee, a modern tiny house on wheels by Brevard Tiny Homes. See all tiny houses.

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Photos: Miramari

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.