If you’re interested in downsizing and like the idea of a tiny house on wheels with a kitschy décor, then Kees Hoekstra of Roulottes may well have the perfect home for you. Since 1992 Kees has been building, designing and restoring gypsy caravans in Europe.
When Kees bought his first restoration project he was working as a graphic designer/illustrator in Amsterdam; a career that was helpful in the area of design but didn’t lend itself to the (re)construction work required for his gypsy caravan.
Undeterred, Kees borrowed tools and spent 20 weeks in the south of France restoring his caravan. Once he completed the project people were immediately taken by the design and started to enquire if it was for sale or rent.
With very few original, restorable caravans left, Kees decided to try and create his own authentic looking gypsy caravans from scratch. He showed his early sketches to a friend who ended up buying the wagon, and hence a business was born. Hoekstra needed carpenters and a workshop, and so he made his way from France to the Czech Republic where he set up a shop.
He now sells his caravans to a variety of different people and companies – from campsites, hotels to people who use them as backyard workshops or studies.