Serial renovators Alice and Caleb Pearson know more than most about doing up houses. Having worked their magic on 11 homes in the past 11 years, the couple, who won The Block NZ in 2013, have pretty much seen it all.
This time though, they’re turning their hands to an altogether different project: the renovation of a retro caravan, and they’ve teamed up with MasterStroke by Resene to make their dream a reality. They’ve always loved the idea of taking off with their children, Alek, eight, Mika, six, Blake, two, and one-year-old Brooke, to explore the country – and what better way to do that than in an artfully revamped holiday home on wheels.
“The idea of travelling around and staying outdoors easily was very appealing,” tells Caleb. “There are so many epic places to holiday in New Zealand, and having a caravan makes that affordable and achievable.”
The couple purchased the tired, old caravan back in 2019 in Nelson, when they were on their “renovation road trip”, doing up a villa in Richmond. They always knew they would renovate the caravan, but it’s taken almost three years to start.
“Life got in the way a bit,” says Alice. “We had two more children, went into property development and then there was also the realities of Covid lockdowns!”
Now though, with the help of Resene, they’re ready to bring the old girl back to life, and while it’s their smallest project yet, they’re determined to turn their caravan into the mobile family bach of their dreams. First though, there’s some work to be done, with rust and water damage adding some extra challenges. A trip to their local Resene ColorShop was the first job on the list, with Resene paint experts guiding the couple every step of the way.