The moment I layed eyes on this airstream, I fell in love. It gave me so much hope that we could truly make an airstream our home. I knew we’d have to do work on any airstream we found, but I never dreamed we’d find a beautifully renovated airstream that fit our style so well.
Seeing an airstream that was already beautifully put together is what pushed us to take the plunged. While we had been decided on going tiny, the idea of an airstream was just one possibility of many. Then, we saw this beauty named Polly and we were sold.
The living room is a space we’re going to use as both living space AND our bedroom. We’re still deciding between a day bed or just a traditional pullout couch. We thought about keeping the futon, but if I’m going to put my bed away everyday, I’d at least like to keep the sheets on so I’m not completely making and unmaking a bed everyday.
Our goal is to figure out how we can maximize comfort, convenience, and space. I know something will have to give, but we want to figure our which of those three things is the most important and go from there.
What would you choose? (no seriously, I need help.)
The kitchen is already perfect. As far as making it “move-in ready,” there’s nothing that needs to be done but the moving in part! We’re keeping a very open mind about this airstream. If we hate it, it’s going to be an amazing opportunity to make some money through renting the space either short-term or long-term. If we LOVE it, I’m going to revisit the kitchen to possibly add in an oven. I know I’m going to miss my roasted veggies for a bit, but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make for the time being. This move (and keeping it simple) is definitely more important right now.
This space is just for the boys. As crazy as it sounds, we’re actually going to remove the storage cabinets and build another platform so each boy can have his own bed. We contemplated bunkbeds, but since our oldest is only 2, we’re just going to put them both in beds with rails for the next few years. We also found some noise reducing curtains to hang in front of each bed so they can have a nice, cozy corner to sleep in where we won’t disturb them on our way to and from the bathroom.
If we’re still airstream living in the next two years, we will build some bunk beds and either reinstall the original cabinets, or build some new ones!
Finally, the bathroom. Another space we’re doing pretty much nothing too! The set up is very spacious. There are two decently sized closets and a sliding door with a full length mirror. There’s lots of cabinet space so, shockingly, Ian and I will have much less fighting over mirror/counter space in the airstream than we do in our current, 1,000 sqft apartment!
The only things we’ll do are add a shower curtain and (maybe) get a composting toilet. We’ll need to find a more compact one to make it work, but that is ultimately what we would like to do.
I have a few things I may do in the bathroom down the road, but that’s only because I’m a wallpaper/tile junkie so I may have to have some fun in there in the future!
So there’s the airstream in it’s current state! I’ll be sharing all the updates we do along the way. The very first step? The boys room. I have been dreaming of creating a room for my kids that is truly our own that I can really go all the way with, basically, since I was pregnant with Oliver. So yeah, I’m geeking out hard right now.
Photos and original renovation by Malley Johnson