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DIY Koleliba The Tiny Vacation Home on Wheels

Hristina Hristova, a Bulgarian architect wished to visit vacation destination with her family without staying in hotel resorts or in a rented expensive immoveable room. After a deep brainstorming a wonderful DIY project hatched her to build a Koleliba (tiny house with wheels).

This koleliba measures just 2.3 x 7 m (7.5 x 22 ft) and 2.4m at its highest point, having floor space of 96 sq ft. Although inside available space is tight but definitely super fit home for small family during vacation. Interior includes a sofa bed, an oven, fridge/freezer, boiler, toilet and a kitchenette.

To make it semi-outdoor living area, Hristova added a removable canopy, a small decking area, a collapsible bench and outdoor cooking setup for cooking. “As the main goal of this project was to make us spend more time outside and make up for the murky, rainy, winter days in the office we made the exterior a natural continuation of the interior,” explains Hristova. “A big bench spanning across the main facade made enough space for our dear friends coming to visit. Under the canopy we spent long afternoons drinking chilled wine. And as the Bulgarian traditions demand, often our afternoon wine turned into long dinners with sea food and light music.”

As this veteran of camping in a small van for days at a time can attest, a semi-outdoor living area can make life much easier. With this in mind, Hristova sensibly added a removable awning/canopy, a small decking area, and a collapsible bench and outdoor kitchen setup for cooking outside.

Material includes timber, rockwool insulation and Bulgarian pine cladding. Some furniture items and interior walls and floor are made from bitch plywood. Timber and plywood are oiled with Osmo protective coating. Natural light can also enjoyed inside thanks to full-height windows.

Koleliba is built from timber, with rockwool insulation and Bulgarian pine cladding. The furniture, some interior walls and floor are made from birch plywood, and both plywood and timber are oiled with an Osmo protective coating. There’s plenty of natural light inside thanks to the full-height windows.

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