Ever since I was nine, when I built a seven-story tree house next door to my home in Mammoth Lakes, I’ve been reusing old stuff and making it usable again.
My latest idea was to remodel a 1978, 25-foot Airstream. It’s my office, my home, and quick access to the great outdoors.
It’s also labor-intensive work, but it was worth it. The finished product is not only beautiful, it’s efficient. It’s got everything I need, and nothing I don’t.
A Google search indicates that I’m only one a handful of Airstream DIYers with the chutzpah to pull it off. There are only about a dozen trailer restorers in the US.
Saving money was my primary motivation. I left a 9 to 5 job to start my own architectural design firm HofArc and, naturally, I wanted to reduce my overhead. This was a good way to do it. I have bigger dreams than working in an office all day.
Airstream’s been around since 1936 when these smooth-skinned aluminum bodies rolled aerodynamically off the Chicago production line. They temporarily stopped production in 1938 when the new lightweight material was needed for World War II.
It’s nice to see that many are still on the road today. I smile when I see one — especially one that’s been well-cared for or restored.
It’s about getting an idea on paper then making it real. I guess I’m still a kid who gets a buzz from creating things and seeing them become reality.
…still a kid with big dreams.
In upcoming weekly blogs, I’ll talk about how the restoration process went and continues to go. Come along for the ride.