http://www.hofarc.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:22:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 Mary, Mary… Go Get It!http://www.hofarc.com/portfolios/mary-mary-go-get-it/ http://www.hofarc.com/portfolios/mary-mary-go-get-it/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 04:02:09 +0000 wallyhof http://www.hofarc.com/?post_type=portfolio&p=6370 This 1974 Overlander 26’ embraces simplicity, technology and nature See everybody has a season and I believe this one’s yours,         Cuz you been workin and waiting,                 and this what you`’ve been prayin for.                         Go get it… Selected lyrics from “Go Get It” by Mary Mary* The owners of this 173-square foot Airstream named Mary plan to split their time between a Southern California ocean view property in winters and a Canadian forest in summers. They’re going after a dream many of us only dream of. This HofArc-designed and built 1974 Overlander 26’ is understated in its simplicity and sleek design. The spacious layout and generous windows embrace the wide open expanse of its new home in the Pacific Ocean and the Canadian mountains. Comfort features of this elegant design are a custom-cut queen-sized bed in back, full bathroom in the mid-coach, and a convertible dinette / sleeper in front that seats six for a meal, or quickly converts to a comfy bed to sleep two adults. Quick-and-easy access to centrally-located bathroom and kitchen for a family of four, or two couples, is clearly a plus for a floor plan that just works. As a guesthouse for friends, or a off-the grid great outdoors experience with onboard water storage, propane, and 12 volt battery power makes even more sense. A full-function kitchen and bathroom design features custom-crafted solid walnut cabinetry in the kitchen and painted bathroom lavatory, with white solid surface countertops and oversized under-counter sinks. Surprisingly adequate storage space is tucked in all living spaces for essentials. A technology nook behind the wall-mounted TV monitor contains all the right WiFi or plug and play connections for an active mobile lifestyle. “Mary’s one of my favorites,” says Architect and HofArc founder, Matthew Hofmann. “Mary just gets it.” Features Dual Fuel Refrigerator Tankless Water Heater Low Profile Furnace 3 Burner Stovetop Air Conditioner with Heat Pump Water Pump 22” TV & DVD with Double Arm, Locking TV Mount Router, Remote Repeater Auxiliary Audio Player, Amplifier and Speakers Custom Walnut Cabinetry with Walnut Veneer Doors, and Satin Clearcoat Finish Aluminum Edging Surfacing Sliding Bathroom Door with Whole Milk Plexiglass Insert Converter Smoke Detector / CO2 / Gas Alarm / Detector Electric Tongue Jack Digital Thermostat Awning Hardware and Fabric Ash Flooring Custom Dinette / Bed Cushions White Corian Kitchen and Bath Countertops Walnut Veneer Tabletop Polished Silver Round Rosette Cabinet Hardware Puck LED Room Lighting and Task Lights Custom Cut Foam Bed Mattress Single Kitchen Sink Single-Bowl Drop-in Undermount Stainless Steel Sink Stainless Steel Bath Sink Undersink Water Filtration System Bath Faucet /Shower Combo Faucet with Hand Sprayer High Profile Toilet Chrome Kitchen Faucet Blue Glass Bathroom Tile  * Songwriters: Atkins-Campbell, Erica Monique / Atkins-Campbell, Trecina / Campbell, Warryn. Published by Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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This 1974 Overlander 26’ embraces simplicity, technology and nature

Mary-kitchen

See everybody has a season and I believe this one’s yours,
        Cuz you been workin and waiting,
                and this what you`’ve been prayin for.
                        Go get it…
Selected lyrics from “Go Get It” by Mary Mary*

The owners of this 173-square foot Airstream named Mary plan to split their time between a Southern California ocean view property in winters and a Canadian forest in summers. They’re going after a dream many of us only dream of.

This HofArc-designed and built 1974 Overlander 26’ is understated in its simplicity and sleek design. The spacious layout and generous windows embrace the wide open expanse of its new home in the Pacific Ocean and the Canadian mountains.

Mary-Bath

Comfort features of this elegant design are a custom-cut queen-sized bed in back, full bathroom in the mid-coach, and a convertible dinette / sleeper in front that seats six for a meal, or quickly converts to a comfy bed to sleep two adults.

Quick-and-easy access to centrally-located bathroom and kitchen for a family of four, or two couples, is clearly a plus for a floor plan that just works. As a guesthouse for friends, or a off-the grid great outdoors experience with onboard water storage, propane, and 12 volt battery power makes even more sense.

A full-function kitchen and bathroom design features custom-crafted solid walnut cabinetry in the kitchen and painted bathroom lavatory, with white solid surface countertops and oversized under-counter sinks.

Mary-dinette-top

Surprisingly adequate storage space is tucked in all living spaces for essentials. A technology nook behind the wall-mounted TV monitor contains all the right WiFi or plug and play connections for an active mobile lifestyle.

“Mary’s one of my favorites,” says Architect and HofArc founder, Matthew Hofmann. “Mary just gets it.”


Mary-dinette-side

Features

Dual Fuel Refrigerator

Tankless Water Heater

Low Profile Furnace

3 Burner Stovetop

Air Conditioner with Heat Pump

Water Pump

Dinette-down

22” TV & DVD with Double Arm, Locking TV Mount

Router, Remote Repeater

Auxiliary Audio Player, Amplifier and Speakers

Custom Walnut Cabinetry with Walnut Veneer Doors, and Satin Clearcoat Finish

Aluminum Edging

Surfacing Sliding Bathroom Door with Whole Milk Plexiglass Insert

Converter

Smoke Detector / CO2 / Gas Alarm / Detector

Electric Tongue Jack

Digital Thermostat

Mary-Bed

Awning Hardware and Fabric

Ash Flooring

Custom Dinette / Bed Cushions

White Corian Kitchen and Bath Countertops

Walnut Veneer Tabletop

Polished Silver Round Rosette Cabinet Hardware

Puck LED Room Lighting and Task Lights

Custom Cut Foam Bed Mattress

Single Kitchen Sink

Single-Bowl Drop-in Undermount Stainless Steel Sink

Stainless Steel Bath Sink

Undersink Water Filtration System

Bath Faucet /Shower Combo Faucet with Hand Sprayer

High Profile Toilet

Chrome Kitchen Faucet

Blue Glass Bathroom Tile

 * Songwriters: Atkins-Campbell, Erica Monique / Atkins-Campbell, Trecina / Campbell, Warryn. Published by Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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HofArc: A simple story of small beginningshttp://www.hofarc.com/hofarc-a-simple-story-of-small-beginnings/ http://www.hofarc.com/hofarc-a-simple-story-of-small-beginnings/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:29:15 +0000 wallyhof http://www.hofarc.com/?p=6364 From Apple to Google, American businesses tend to have humble beginnings.  Many enormous companies started in tiny garages. HofArc’s story begins with its founder, Matthew Hofmann, at age 6. He and his Dad (Wally) designed and built a six-story tree house in the backyard of their Eastern High Sierra home. Twenty-five years later they’re back together renovating vintage Airstream trailers. Today, HofArc (short for Hofmann Architecture) is a growing architectural firm that has earned a reputation worldwide for uniquely-beautiful and highly-functional Airstream designs. Since opening in 2011, HofArc’s crew of designers and craftspeople have designed and rebuilt more than 60 custom Airstreams, some valued at more than $150,000 for clients around the world. There are other Airstream renovators, from RV mechanics to cabinet makers, but HofArc is unique because they are a licensed Architectural firm, with experience designing and building homes and commercial buildings. “For the past two decades Matthew’s been hooked on progressive, small space design,” said his partner and father Wally.  “From tree houses, to brick and mortar buildings, to Airstreams.”  He earned his Architectural degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He studied a year in Florence, Italy and is also fluent in Italian. His alma mater’s motto is Learn by doing. In 2006, at age 26, Matthew became licensed to practice Architecture in California. “Architecture is the perpetual exercise in making things better,” said Matthew.  “I’m drawn to learning new techniques and making our client’s dreams a reality.  Whether it’s a tree house, a commercial space, or an Airstream, it’s the creative process that captures my attention.” Matthew designed and built his first Airstream for himself as a home office.  “I realized that living in an Airstream was an ideal way to reduce my overhead and simplify my life as I ventured out on my own,” he explained.  “So, I parked my renovated Airstream on a piece of ocean view property above Santa Barbara, overlooking the Pacific.  I lived and worked in my Airstream for the next year. It was a hands-on discovery that has changed my life.” The desire to live a simpler lifestyle motivated him to create the HofArc Airstream renovation firm.  “I couldn’t see myself sitting behind a computer every day, so I stepped out in faith and starting doing for others what I had done for myself – a home that offers freedom, adventure and comfort in a mobile space. “The view was stunning and the living was simple,” he added.  “Doing what I love, with people I love, in a place I love – it’s a dream come true.” HofArc has designed and built a popular Airstream hotel in Santa Barbara. The “AutoCamp” has five fully-renovated vintage Airstreams available for nightly rentals.  Check out www.AutoCamp.com for reservations and details.

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M&W BWFrom Apple to Google, American businesses tend to have humble beginnings.  Many enormous companies started in tiny garages. HofArc’s story begins with its founder, Matthew Hofmann, at age 6. He and his Dad (Wally) designed and built a six-story tree house in the backyard of their Eastern High Sierra home. Twenty-five years later they’re back together renovating vintage Airstream trailers.

Today, HofArc (short for Hofmann Architecture) is a growing architectural firm that has earned a reputation worldwide for uniquely-beautiful and highly-functional Airstream designs.

Tree House

Since opening in 2011, HofArc’s crew of designers and craftspeople have designed and rebuilt more than 60 custom Airstreams, some valued at more than $150,000 for clients around the world.

There are other Airstream renovators, from RV mechanics to cabinet makers, but HofArc is unique because they are a licensed Architectural firm, with experience designing and building homes and commercial buildings.

“For the past two decades Matthew’s been hooked on progressive, small space design,” said his partner and father Wally.  “From tree houses, to brick and mortar buildings, to Airstreams.”  He earned his Architectural degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He studied a year in Florence, Italy and is also fluent in Italian. His alma mater’s motto is Learn by doing. In 2006, at age 26, Matthew became licensed to practice Architecture in California.

“Architecture is the perpetual exercise in making things better,” said Matthew.  “I’m drawn to learning new techniques and making our client’s dreams a reality.  Whether it’s a tree house, a commercial space, or an Airstream, it’s the creative process that captures my attention.”

Original Trade Wind

Matthew designed and built his first Airstream for himself as a home office.  “I realized that living in an Airstream was an ideal way to reduce my overhead and simplify my life as I ventured out on my own,” he explained.  “So, I parked my renovated Airstream on a piece of ocean view property above Santa Barbara, overlooking the Pacific.  I lived and worked in my Airstream for the next year. It was a hands-on discovery that has changed my life.”

The desire to live a simpler lifestyle motivated him to create the HofArc Airstream renovation firm.  “I couldn’t see myself sitting behind a computer every day, so I stepped out in faith and starting doing for others what I had done for myself – a home that offers freedom, adventure and comfort in a mobile space.

“The view was stunning and the living was simple,” he added.  “Doing what I love, with people I love, in a place I love – it’s a dream come true.”

HofArc has designed and built a popular Airstream hotel in Santa Barbara. The “AutoCamp” has five fully-renovated vintage Airstreams available for nightly rentals.  Check out www.AutoCamp.com for reservations and details.

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SXSW Airstreamhttp://www.hofarc.com/portfolios/entertainment-airstream/ http://www.hofarc.com/portfolios/entertainment-airstream/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:53:23 +0000 mdhofmann http://www.hofarc.com/?post_type=portfolio&p=6362

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Abbey’s a Hit on the Roadhttp://www.hofarc.com/portfolios/abbeys-a-hit-on-the-road/ http://www.hofarc.com/portfolios/abbeys-a-hit-on-the-road/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:28:32 +0000 wallyhof http://www.hofarc.com/?post_type=portfolio&p=6345 This video of Abbey, is her premiere as live a stage for an E! News television crew at the South by SouthWest Music Festival in Austin, TX, last month. HofArc designed and built this 1968 Safari 25’ as a live events production Airstream for Shawn Sedlacek, president of VOX Entertainment, which is based in Manhattan Beach, CA. Clearly, the Airstream stage is an instant chart-topper. “The HofArc Airstream garnered tons of attention at SXSW,” said Sedlacek. “Our next stop is the Cochella Valley Music and Arts Festival.” In the coming months, the Safari is scheduled to make appearances at music festivals, on-location news sites, and trade expos from California, Texas, and the Big Apple. The most unique aspect of this Airstream, named Abbey (as in the Beatles “Abbey Road), is HofArc’s exclusive gull wing design.  A large double-hinged door opens up 80% of one side allowing for maximum display of product and talent. When the gull wing is raised the interior is fully displayed. An optional stage can be placed into position at the interior height, offering an even larger platform and seamless connection to the audience. The interior of the Airstream includes durable wood Apitong flooring that’s used in semi-trailer beds, and anchored aluminum tie-down rails recessed in the floor. Tie-downs are also installed 360 degrees on the walls to provide unlimited options for safely stowing equipment while in transit. HofArc’s renovation crew completely restored the interior, windows, doors, and fully-polished the exterior to a mirror shine. The electric plan includes a full array of 12v LED lighting and a 110v service panel for connecting numerous sound and lighting options. Abbey is getting some press, too. Check out this write-up at Event Marketer. HofArc’s design team and the client have started development for Abbey’s baby sister.

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This video of Abbey, is her premiere as live a stage for an E! News television crew at the South by SouthWest Music Festival in Austin, TX, last month.

Backside

HofArc designed and built this 1968 Safari 25’ as a live events production Airstream for Shawn Sedlacek, president of VOX Entertainment, which is based in Manhattan Beach, CA. Clearly, the Airstream stage is an instant chart-topper.

“The HofArc Airstream garnered tons of attention at SXSW,” said Sedlacek. “Our next stop is the Cochella Valley Music and Arts Festival.”

In the coming months, the Safari is scheduled to make appearances at music festivals, on-location news sites, and trade expos from California, Texas, and the Big Apple.

Interview

The most unique aspect of this Airstream, named Abbey (as in the Beatles “Abbey Road), is HofArc’s exclusive gull wing design.  A large double-hinged door opens up 80% of one side allowing for maximum display of product and talent.

When the gull wing is raised the interior is fully displayed. An optional stage can be placed into position at the interior height, offering an even larger platform and seamless connection to the audience.

Interior

The interior of the Airstream includes durable wood Apitong flooring that’s used in semi-trailer beds, and anchored aluminum tie-down rails recessed in the floor. Tie-downs are also installed 360 degrees on the walls to provide unlimited options for safely stowing equipment while in transit.
HofArc’s renovation crew completely restored the interior, windows, doors, and fully-polished the exterior to a mirror shine.

Shawn

The electric plan includes a full array of 12v LED lighting and a 110v service panel for connecting numerous sound and lighting options.

Abbey is getting some press, too. Check out this write-up at Event Marketer. HofArc’s design team and the client have started development for Abbey’s baby sister.

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Mary, Mary… Go Get It!http://www.hofarc.com/mary-mary-go-get-it/ http://www.hofarc.com/mary-mary-go-get-it/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:34:04 +0000 wallyhof http://www.hofarc.com/?p=6335 This 1974 Overlander 26’ embraces simplicity, technology and nature See everybody has a season and I believe this one’s yours,         Cuz you been workin and waiting,                 and this what you`’ve been prayin for.                         Go get it… Selected lyrics from “Go Get It” by Mary Mary* he owners of this 173-square foot Airstream named Mary plan to split their time between a Southern California ocean view property in winters and a Canadian forest in summers. They’re going after a dream many of us only dream of. This HofArc-designed and built 1974 Overlander 26’ is understated in its simplicity and sleek design. The spacious layout and generous windows embrace the wide open expanse of its new home in the Pacific Ocean and the Canadian mountains. Comfort features of this elegant design are a custom-cut queen-sized bed in back, full bathroom in the mid-coach, and a convertible dinette / sleeper in front that seats six for a meal, or quickly converts to a comfy bed to sleep two adults. Quick-and-easy access to centrally-located bathroom and kitchen for a family of four, or two couples, is clearly a plus for a floor plan that just works. As a guesthouse for friends, or a off-the grid great outdoors experience with onboard water storage, propane, and 12 volt battery power makes even more sense. A full-function kitchen and bathroom design features custom-crafted solid walnut cabinetry in the kitchen and painted bathroom lavatory, with white solid surface countertops and oversized under-counter sinks. Surprisingly adequate storage space is tucked in all living spaces for essentials. A technology nook behind the wall-mounted TV monitor contains all the right WiFi or plug and play connections for an active mobile lifestyle. “Mary’s one of my favorites,” says Architect and HofArc founder, Matthew Hofmann. “Mary just gets it.” Features Dual Fuel Refrigerator Tankless Water Heater Low Profile Furnace 3 Burner Stovetop Air Conditioner with Heat Pump Water Pump 22” TV & DVD with Double Arm, Locking TV Mount Router, Remote Repeater Auxiliary Audio Player, Amplifier and Speakers Custom Walnut Cabinetry with Walnut Veneer Doors, and Satin Clearcoat Finish Aluminum Edging Surfacing Sliding Bathroom Door with Whole Milk Plexiglass Insert Converter Smoke Detector / CO2 / Gas Alarm / Detector Electric Tongue Jack Digital Thermostat Awning Hardware and Fabric Ash Flooring Custom Dinette / Bed Cushions White Corian Kitchen and Bath Countertops Walnut Veneer Tabletop Polished Silver Round Rosette Cabinet Hardware Puck LED Room Lighting and Task Lights Custom Cut Foam Bed Mattress Single Kitchen Sink Single-Bowl Drop-in Undermount Stainless Steel Sink Stainless Steel Bath Sink Undersink Water Filtration System Bath Faucet /Shower Combo Faucet with Hand Sprayer High Profile Toilet Chrome Kitchen Faucet Blue Glass Bathroom Tile  * Songwriters: Atkins-Campbell, Erica Monique / Atkins-Campbell, Trecina / Campbell, Warryn. Published by Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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This 1974 Overlander 26’ embraces simplicity, technology and nature

See everybody has a season and I believe this one’s yours,
        Cuz you been workin and waiting,
                and this what you`’ve been prayin for.
                        Go get it…
Selected lyrics from “Go Get It” by Mary Mary*

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he owners of this 173-square foot Airstream named Mary plan to split their time between a Southern California ocean view property in winters and a Canadian forest in summers. They’re going after a dream many of us only dream of.

This HofArc-designed and built 1974 Overlander 26’ is understated in its simplicity and sleek design. The spacious layout and generous windows embrace the wide open expanse of its new home in the Pacific Ocean and the Canadian mountains.

Mary-Bath

Comfort features of this elegant design are a custom-cut queen-sized bed in back, full bathroom in the mid-coach, and a convertible dinette / sleeper in front that seats six for a meal, or quickly converts to a comfy bed to sleep two adults.

Quick-and-easy access to centrally-located bathroom and kitchen for a family of four, or two couples, is clearly a plus for a floor plan that just works. As a guesthouse for friends, or a off-the grid great outdoors experience with onboard water storage, propane, and 12 volt battery power makes even more sense.

A full-function kitchen and bathroom design features custom-crafted solid walnut cabinetry in the kitchen and painted bathroom lavatory, with white solid surface countertops and oversized under-counter sinks.

Mary-dinette-top

Surprisingly adequate storage space is tucked in all living spaces for essentials. A technology nook behind the wall-mounted TV monitor contains all the right WiFi or plug and play connections for an active mobile lifestyle.

“Mary’s one of my favorites,” says Architect and HofArc founder, Matthew Hofmann. “Mary just gets it.”


Mary-dinette-side

Features

Dual Fuel Refrigerator

Tankless Water Heater

Low Profile Furnace

3 Burner Stovetop

Air Conditioner with Heat Pump

Water Pump

Dinette-down

22” TV & DVD with Double Arm, Locking TV Mount

Router, Remote Repeater

Auxiliary Audio Player, Amplifier and Speakers

Custom Walnut Cabinetry with Walnut Veneer Doors, and Satin Clearcoat Finish

Aluminum Edging

Surfacing Sliding Bathroom Door with Whole Milk Plexiglass Insert

Converter

Smoke Detector / CO2 / Gas Alarm / Detector

Electric Tongue Jack

Digital Thermostat

Mary-Bed

Awning Hardware and Fabric

Ash Flooring

Custom Dinette / Bed Cushions

White Corian Kitchen and Bath Countertops

Walnut Veneer Tabletop

Polished Silver Round Rosette Cabinet Hardware

Puck LED Room Lighting and Task Lights

Custom Cut Foam Bed Mattress

Single Kitchen Sink

Single-Bowl Drop-in Undermount Stainless Steel Sink

Stainless Steel Bath Sink

Undersink Water Filtration System

Bath Faucet /Shower Combo Faucet with Hand Sprayer

High Profile Toilet

Chrome Kitchen Faucet

Blue Glass Bathroom Tile

 * Songwriters: Atkins-Campbell, Erica Monique / Atkins-Campbell, Trecina / Campbell, Warryn. Published by Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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Barber RVhttp://www.hofarc.com/barber-rv/ http://www.hofarc.com/barber-rv/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:05:05 +0000 wallyhof http://www.hofarc.com/?p=6314 Since 2010, HofArc has renovated more than 50 Airstreams for dozens of clients. We specialize in custom interior designs and upgrading components. Our team is focused on installing new systems, along with modern appliances,and materials, plus expert metalwork and polishing. But there’s one part of the process we don’t handle — the running system. This is also known as the mechanical system, which includes the tires, axles, bearings, brakes, shocks, chassis, hitch, and hitch jack. For the mechanical work we refer our clients to the Barber RV service team in Ventura. Barber has been in RV service business for so long that they have encountered almost every problem, modification or service that can be done to any recreational vehicle. We depend on their technicians to give your Airstream the very best in service. To be sure, they  are not your average RV company because they have a passion for the RV lifestyle, and many of them are RV owners themselves. They’re also a great group of people, headed up by a couple of real pros. Service Manager Justin Smith and Service Advisor Gene Madsen are the type of guys  you can trust because we do. Our renovation clients have appreciated their skil and experience to get their vintage Airstream road-ready — quickly, safely and reliably.

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BarberBarberRVSince 2010, HofArc has renovated more than 50 Airstreams for dozens of clients. We specialize in custom interior designs and upgrading components. Our team is focused on installing new systems, along with modern appliances,and materials, plus expert metalwork and polishing.

But there’s one part of the process we don’t handle — the running system. This is also known as the mechanical system, which includes the tires, axles, bearings, brakes, shocks, chassis, hitch, and hitch jack.

RVlogosFor the mechanical work we refer our clients to the Barber RV service team in Ventura. Barber has been in RV service business for so long that they have encountered almost every problem, modification or service that can be done to any recreational vehicle. We depend on their technicians to give your Airstream the very best in service.

BaysTo be sure, they  are not your average RV company because they have a passion for the RV lifestyle, and many of them are RV owners themselves. They’re also a great group of people, headed up by a couple of real pros.

Service Manager Justin Smith and Service Advisor Gene Madsen are the type of guys  you can trust because we do. Our renovation clients have appreciated their skil and experience to get their vintage Airstream road-ready — quickly, safely and reliably.

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HofArc Holiday Celebrationhttp://www.hofarc.com/hofarc-holiday-celebration/ http://www.hofarc.com/hofarc-holiday-celebration/#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:56:19 +0000 wallyhof http://www.hofarc.com/?p=6296 The holiday season at HofArc is all about family and friends.  It’s a chance to pause and show how much we appreciate each other. This month, we celebrated with a delicious dinner at Cádiz Restaurant Lounge.  This casual, yet elegant, spot is one of the up-and-coming stars on Santa Barbara’s State St.  It’s unanimous, Cádiz gets a big thumbs up from HofArc, and if you give them a try we think you’ll agree.  If you’re looking for an amazing culinary and top shelf evening out — this is the place. About 30 of our team members and their guests joined in a delightful evening that was opened up by HofArc’s owners Matthew and Wally Hofmann. “We are so grateful for the personal care and quality you each put your work,” said Wally.  “Your fine craftsmanship is only exceeded by the value of your friendship… we are so blessed to share each day at work with you.” Then we all got down to the business we know best:  having a great time.  How fun?  Well, as they say in Las Vegas, “What happens at Cádiz, stays at Cádiz.”  Suffice to say, we did have a perfect evening thanks to a the amazing team that owners Messina, Dante and Michael DeRose have assembled.  We especially like the way that Cádiz is a family — just like HofArc. Whether your evening calls for a party of 30 (as ours), or a delicious dinner for two, you’ll be treated to a cornucopia of seafood, pizzas, pastas, and creative entrees.  Or, you may simply want to enjoy a seasonal cocktail and scrumptious Italian small plates. Either way, at Cádiz you’ll be treated to Southern Seaside fare and first rate service in the heart of historic downtown Santa Barbara. There’s a reason  their food tastes so good — it’s all fresh and local.  Several times a week, their Head Chef Alex Bollinger, Consultant Chef John Pettitt and their staff shop the local Farmer’s Market for fresh produce.  Almost daily they visit the Santa Barbara Harbor for fresh seafood such as crab, lobster, and sea bass. Did we mention the drinks?  Ah, yes, the drinks.  You may not find a better frosty beverage in town thanks to bartender Scotty.  Servers Dudley and Sean, supported by Antoine, and hostess Alex, provided a great experience all around. After the party, most of us walked off the meal and drinks with stops at several of  State Street’s finest clubs — starting off with The James Joyce for some swing music ‘n’ dancing, and ended up at… now, wouldn’t you like to know! Thanks for a fabulous time, Cádiz!  Congrats, to the entire HofArc Team! Cádiz, 509 State St., (805) 770-2760

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The holiday season at HofArc is all about family and friends.  It’s a chance to pause and show how much we appreciate each other.

This month, we celebrated with a delicious dinner at Cádiz Restaurant Lounge.  This casual, yet elegant, spot is one of the up-and-coming stars on Santa Barbara’s State St.  It’s unanimous, Cádiz gets a big thumbs up from HofArc, and if you give them a try we think you’ll agree.  If you’re looking for an amazing culinary and top shelf evening out — this is the place.

Max&ChristineAbout 30 of our team members and their guests joined in a delightful evening that was opened up by HofArc’s owners Matthew and Wally Hofmann. “We are so grateful for the personal care and quality you each put your work,” said Wally.  “Your fine craftsmanship is only exceeded by the value of your friendship… we are so blessed to share each day at work with you.”

Then we all got down to the business we know best:  having a great time.  How fun?  Well, as they say in Las Vegas, “What happens at Cádiz, stays at Cádiz.”  Suffice to say, we did have a perfect evening thanks to a the amazing team that owners Messina, Dante and Michael DeRose have assembled.PeterJesusAdam  We especially like the way that Cádiz is a family — just like HofArc.

Whether your evening calls for a party of 30 (as ours), or a delicious dinner for two, you’ll be treated to a cornucopia of seafood, pizzas, pastas, and creative entrees.  Or, you may simply want to enjoy a seasonal cocktail and scrumptious Italian small plates. Either way, at Cádiz you’ll be treated to Southern Seaside fare and first rate service in the heart of historic downtown Santa Barbara.

Johana&CollinThere’s a reason  their food tastes so good — it’s all fresh and local.  Several times a week, their Head Chef Alex Bollinger, Consultant Chef John Pettitt and their staff shop the local Farmer’s Market for fresh produce.  Almost daily they visit the Santa Barbara Harbor for fresh seafood such as crab, lobster, and sea bass.

Did we mention the drinks?  Ah, yes, the drinks.  You may not find a better frosty beverage in town thanks to bartender Scotty.  Servers Dudley and Sean, supported by Antoine, and hostess Alex, provided a great experience all around.

After the party, most of us walked off the meal and drinks with stops at several of  State Street’s finest clubs — starting off with The James Joyce for some swing music ‘n’ dancing, and ended up at… now, wouldn’t you like to know!

Thanks for a fabulous time, Cádiz!  Congrats, to the entire HofArc Team!

Cádiz, 509 State St., (805) 770-2760

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The Helpful Placehttp://www.hofarc.com/the-helpful-place/ http://www.hofarc.com/the-helpful-place/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 19:27:14 +0000 wallyhof http://www.hofarc.com/?p=6286 HofArc believes it’s important to keep our business local.  We believe it’s vital to our local economy and our planet’s resources to use as few miles as possible when shipping and delivering products.  One local vendor we visit several times a day is the Santa Barbara Home Improvement Center. Although it’s an Ace Hardware Store most locals still know it by its original name – the Home Improvement Center – founded in 1967 by Kenneth Simpson Jr. Since 1983, his son Gary Simpson has continued the legacy of hard working staff who provide personalized cust  omer service and retain that small hometown feel that Santa Barbarans have come to expect and enjoy for more than 45 years. As they say, time is money, and as a busy small business we appreciate it when we don’t have to go on an expedition to get hardware advice.  The Home Improvement Center excels are the Lewis & Clark of hardware, paint and lumber. Over the years, the Home Improvement Center has grown and changed with the times to meet their customer’s needs.  In today’s electronic age, they still answer the phone with a live person and are quick to provide ample in-store and check-out ample staff.  As with any good hardware store, they have an amazing selection of home and small business building materials in a very compact space. We like the way we get online receipts emailed to us with every transaction, because this allows us to provide digital receipt links on all of our clients’ invoices. As a local Ace Hardware Store, it is part of the largest retailer owned co-operative in the world, yet is still independently owned which allows them to provide the kind of customer service that most chain stores simply cannot.  The co-operative also provides them with the buying power and product selection of a much larger organization, which means a great selection of products at very competitive pricing. Thank you for being a good neighbor!  You definitely live up to your ad slogan as being, The Helpful Place.

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HofArc believes it’s important to keep our business local.  We believe it’s vital to our local economy and our planet’s resources to use as few miles as possible when shipping and delivering products.  One local vendor we visit several times a day is the Santa Barbara Home Improvement Center.

Ace-frontAlthough it’s an Ace Hardware Store most locals still know it by its original name – the Home Improvement Center – founded in 1967 by Kenneth Simpson Jr.

Since 1983, his son Gary Simpson has continued the legacy of hard working staff who provide personalized cust  omer service and retain that small hometown feel that Santa Barbarans have come to expect and enjoy for more than 45 years.

As they say, time is money, and as a busy small business we appreciate it when we don’t have to go on an expedition to get hardware advice.  The Home Improvement Center excels are the Lewis & Clark of hardware, paint and lumber.

Ace-paintOver the years, the Home Improvement Center has grown and changed with the times to meet their customer’s needs.  In today’s electronic age, they still answer the phone with a live person and are quick to provide ample in-store and check-out ample staff.  As with any good hardware store, they have an amazing selection of home and small business building materials in a very compact space. We like the way we get online receipts emailed to us with every transaction, because this allows us to provide digital receipt links on all of our clients’ invoices.

As a local Ace Hardware Store, it is part of the largest retailer owned co-operative in the world, yet is still independently owned which allows them to provide the kind of customer service that most chain stores simply cannot.  The co-operative also provides them with the buying power and product selection of a much larger organization, which means a great selection of products at very competitive pricing.

Thank you for being a good neighbor!  You definitely live up to your ad slogan as being, The Helpful Place.

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The Happy Stripperhttp://www.hofarc.com/the-happy-stripper/ http://www.hofarc.com/the-happy-stripper/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 23:45:10 +0000 wallyhof http://www.hofarc.com/?p=6280 RemovAll 220 Removed from North America Shelves For many years, vintage Airstream owners relied on RemovAll 220, a peroxid-activated paint stripper, to remove the plasticoat (aka clear coat) from their trailers before polishing.  It was the go-to exterior paint stripper since it was effective, yet environmentally-friendly.  The product has been removed from North American distribution, so people are asking us, “What else will work?” All of these strippers remove multiple layers of most paints from any the Airstream’s aluminum exterior surface with a single application. Whether you choose one of these or another, just be sure it’s a stripper that’s safe for the environment, which means it’s water-based, zero VOC and 100% biodegradable. Frankly, you probably won’t be able to find a stripper remover available to consumers that contains toxic methylene chloride in North America any longer, which is a good thing.  The residual runoff ends up in our water supply and we don’t need that one bit. But we’re not exactly sure why RemovAll 220 is no longer available in North America because we the label states that it’s a biodegradable stripper and we haven’t found evidence that it contained methylene chloride. Fortunately, there are other methylene chloride-free options available. Here are three strippers that have worked well for us, along with suggestions where you can get it. Eldorado PR-5044 PPG Aerospace makes a paint stripper based on the same principles as RemovAll.  It is called Eldorado PR-5044, which is a peroxide-activated paint and primer remover.  It’s It is the only product Boeing uses to strip their aircraft.  It works well because it is designed for removal of polyurethane and epoxy paint systems in the aerospace industry. PR-5044 is environmentally preferred and worker-friendly. It does contain petroleum distillates, so it does produce fumes.  You will need to read all safety information before using. However, it is not a hazardous material and is much easier to use and safer than traditional aircraft strippers. Get it at: Vintage Trailer Supply Peel Away 7 Peel Away 7 is another environmentally-safe paint remover that has been specifically formulated to remove high strength chemically resistant coatings such as epoxies, urethanes, chlorinated rubber, elastomeric, aluminum, vinyl, mastics industrial applications such as automobile paints and marine coatings. There is no methylene chloride, caustic or any other flammable solvent in the product. Peel Away 7 has been used on large industrial applications to remove epoxy and urethane coats from metal and masonry surfaces including marine and aerospace. Get it at: Grainger Wayfair Smart Strip Another earth-friendly stripper that doesn’t contain methylene chloride is Smart Strip Advanced Paint Remover. This product is made without caustic methylene chloride. It’s a water-based remover that has no odor and is non-flammable. This paint stripper is available at our local Santa Barbara Sherwin-Williams paint store, best of all the stripping performance is effective. Get it at: Zoro Tools For more  information about stripper safety precautions and handling go to the OSHA website.  Please remember to follow all manufacturer’s instructions, warnings, and use strippers and use all strippers and solvents wisely and at your own risk. Happy stripping!

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RemovAll 220 Removed from North America Shelves

For many years, vintage Airstream owners relied on RemovAll 220, a peroxid-activated paint stripper, to remove the plasticoat (aka clear coat) from their trailers before polishing.  It was the go-to exterior paint stripper since it was effective, yet environmentally-friendly.  The product has been removed from North American distribution, so people are asking us, “What else will work?”

All of these strippers remove multiple layers of most paints from any the Airstream’s aluminum exterior surface with a single application. Whether you choose one of these or another, just be sure it’s a stripper that’s safe for the environment, which means it’s water-based, zero VOC and 100% biodegradable.

Frankly, you probably won’t be able to find a stripper remover available to consumers that contains toxic methylene chloride in North America any longer, which is a good thing.  The residual runoff ends up in our water supply and we don’t need that one bit. But we’re not exactly sure why RemovAll 220 is no longer available in North America because we the label states that it’s a biodegradable stripper and we haven’t found evidence that it contained methylene chloride.

Fortunately, there are other methylene chloride-free options available. Here are three strippers that have worked well for us, along with suggestions where you can get it.

Eldorado PR-5044Eldorado-2

PPG Aerospace makes a paint stripper based on the same principles as RemovAll.  It is called Eldorado PR-5044, which is a peroxide-activated paint and primer remover.  It’s It is the only product Boeing uses to strip their aircraft.  It works well because it is designed for removal of polyurethane and epoxy paint systems in the aerospace industry. PR-5044 is environmentally preferred and worker-friendly. It does contain petroleum distillates, so it does produce fumes.  You will need to read all safety information before using. However, it is not a hazardous material and is much easier to use and safer than traditional aircraft strippers. Get it at:
Vintage Trailer Supply

Peel Away 7

PeelAway

Peel Away 7 is another environmentally-safe paint remover that has been specifically formulated to remove high strength chemically resistant coatings such as epoxies, urethanes, chlorinated rubber, elastomeric, aluminum, vinyl, mastics industrial applications such as automobile paints and marine coatings. There is no methylene chloride, caustic or any other flammable solvent in the product. Peel Away 7 has been used on large industrial applications to remove epoxy and urethane coats from metal and masonry surfaces including marine and aerospace. Get it at:
Grainger
Wayfair

Smart Strip

Another earth-friendly stripper that doesn’t contain methylene chloride is Smart Strip Advanced Paint Remover. SmartStripThis product is made without caustic methylene chloride. It’s a water-based remover that has no odor and is non-flammable. This paint stripper is available at our local Santa Barbara Sherwin-Williams paint store, best of all the stripping performance is effective. Get it at:
Zoro Tools

For more  information about stripper safety precautions and handling go to the OSHA website.  Please remember to follow all manufacturer’s instructions, warnings, and use strippers and use all strippers and solvents wisely and at your own risk.

Happy stripping!

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Meet Virginia, a 1974 Overlander 26′http://www.hofarc.com/portfolios/meet-virginia-a-1974-overlander-26/ http://www.hofarc.com/portfolios/meet-virginia-a-1974-overlander-26/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:42:21 +0000 wallyhof http://www.hofarc.com/?post_type=portfolio&p=6251 Ain’t it beautiful… her intuition is magic. And the shape of her body? Unusual… (Select lyrics from Meet Virginia, by Train)   The pop band Train plays it, and we built it. Now, we invite you to Meet Virginia. This 1974 Overlander 26’ named Virginia is one of our most advanced Airstreams we’ve created, complete with solar panels, converter, inverter, 3-battery power storage, an automated sofa-to-bed conversion, disappearing surface sliding doors, hidden low-voltage LED lighting, flat screen wall-mounted TV, and full-function audio system with all the necessary connectors. No amenity was spared in this renovation – it truly has it all – which is saying a lot because this Airstream came to us with nary a stitch of interior. There wasn’t even an interior skin. That’s like buying a fixer-upper home without drywall or paneling. There wasn’t even plumbing, a subfloor or wires in the walls. This Airstream is also one of our most earth-friendly projects, from the reclaimed wood flooring, to white no-VOC painted walls, and solid black countertops made from paper – that’s right, paper. But we weren’t scared and neither was the client. The good news was Virginia was a blank sheet which allowed our crew to do the job right, from hitch to bumper. The mid-bath floor plan allows for a private sleeping space for three in the rear for early-to-bed kiddos, while Mom and Dad enjoy some peace and quiet time in the front convertible dinette that converts easily into a double bed. It’s just the ticket for an active family of four who live just north of Austin, TX. But Virginia isn’t in any hurry to head to the Lone Star State. Instead of shipping back home her owners will be stowing it in Ventura where they’ll return for lots of Central Coast excursions. Check out the rest of Virginia’s specifications.   Finish Construction Pure white laminate cabinet faces Black recycled countertops Reclaimed wood flooring Aluminum corners and trim finishes Surface sliding bathroom and bedroom doors White octagonal bathroom tile Rosette pull knob and locking cabinet hardware Sunbrella cushions   HVAC Furnace Air conditioner with universal thermostat Bathroom wisp fan   Plumbing Tankless water heater PEX hot and cold fresh water supply lines Double bowl white acrylic kitchen sink Stainless steel pull out spray kitchen faucet and soap dispenser Fresh water filtration system Stainless steel under counter trough bathroom sink Single lever chrome finish bathroom faucet Recessed mirrored medicine cabinet Mixing shower valve Chrome shower spray fixture Outdoor shower in locking closure Black water storage tank (25 gal.) Grey water storage tank (25 gal.) Fresh water storage tank (25 gal.) Toilet Vitreous china toilet Water pump   Electrical LED puck lights in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom Decorator 110v outlets and switches Automatic bed linear actuator Smoke alarm Co2/ Gas Detector 12v distribution panel and breaker Panel   Appliances Refrigerator 3-burner propane stove   Technology Widescreen TV, Tuner & DVD Auxiliary audio and video connections 4 Speakers Solar panels Solar controller & inverter Three sealed batteries   Exterior Five-step strip and polish to a mirror shine ZipDee patio, rear and side window awnings Rock guard to protect the front window during transport  

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Ain’t it beautiful… her intuition is magic.

And the shape of her body?

Unusual…

(Select lyrics from Meet Virginia, by Train)

 

DinetteThe pop band Train plays it, and we built it. Now, we invite you to Meet Virginia.

This 1974 Overlander 26’ named Virginia is one of our most advanced Airstreams we’ve created, complete with solar panels, converter, inverter, 3-battery power storage, an automated sofa-to-bed conversion, disappearing surface sliding doors, hidden low-voltage LED lighting, flat screen wall-mounted TV, and full-function audio system with all the necessary connectors.

No amenity was spared in this renovation – it truly has it all – which is saying a lot because this Airstream came to us with nary a stitch of interior. There wasn’t even an interior skin. That’s like buying a fixer-upper home without drywall or paneling. There wasn’t even plumbing, a subfloor or wires in the walls.

FlooringThis Airstream is also one of our most earth-friendly projects, from the reclaimed wood flooring, to white no-VOC painted walls, and solid black countertops made from paper – that’s right, paper.

But we weren’t scared and neither was the client. The good news was Virginia was a blank sheet which allowed our crew to do the job right, from hitch to bumper.

The mid-bath floor plan allows for a private sleeping space for three in the rear for early-to-bed kiddos, while Mom and Dad enjoy some peace and quiet time in the front convertible dinette that converts easily into a double bed.

It’s just the ticket for an active family of four who live just north of Austin, TX. But Virginia isn’t in any hurry to head to the Lone Star State. Instead of shipping back home her owners will be stowing it in Ventura where they’ll return for lots of Central Coast excursions.

Check out the rest of Virginia’s specifications.

 

Kitchen-faucetFinish Construction

Pure white laminate cabinet faces

Black recycled countertops

Reclaimed wood flooring

Aluminum corners and trim finishes

Surface sliding bathroom and bedroom doors

White octagonal bathroom tile

Rosette pull knob and locking cabinet hardware

Sunbrella cushions

 

Pantry HVAC

Furnace

Air conditioner with universal thermostat

Bathroom wisp fan

 

Plumbing

Tankless water heater

PEX hot and cold fresh water supply lines

Double bowl white acrylic kitchen sink

Stainless steel pull out spray kitchen faucet and soap dispenser

ShowerFresh water filtration system

Stainless steel under counter trough bathroom sink

Single lever chrome finish bathroom faucet

Recessed mirrored medicine cabinet

Mixing shower valve

Chrome shower spray fixture

Outdoor shower in locking closure

Black water storage tank (25 gal.)

Grey water storage tank (25 gal.)

Fresh water storage tank (25 gal.)

ToiletVirginia-back-to-front

Vitreous china toilet

Water pump

 

Electrical

LED puck lights in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom

Decorator 110v outlets and switches

Automatic bed linear actuator

Smoke alarm

Co2/ Gas Detector

12v distribution panel and breaker Panel

 

Virginia-front-to-backAppliances

Refrigerator

3-burner propane stove

 

Technology

Widescreen TV, Tuner & DVD

Auxiliary audio and video connections

4 Speakers

Solar panels

Solar controller & inverter

Three sealed batteries

 

Exterior

Five-step strip and polish to a mirror shine

ZipDee patio, rear and side window awnings

Rock guard to protect the front window during transport

 

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