Happy trailers: Vintage Airstream rehabber's latest creation
The client wanted a place to work without having to disturb the dining area or disassemble either of the sleeping spaces. She also wanted something durable because she lives in her jeans and cowboy boots on a 200-acre avocado ranch with another 40 acres for cattle and a couple horses.
A centrally located hi-def 19-inch video monitor displays either DVDs or streamed Netflix videos from anywhere in the trailer. A surround-sound audio system provides more than enough sound support. The monitor swivels on a pullout arm for optimal viewing adjustments and tucks away neatly behind a rollup cabinet.Hofmann – who stands 6’4” – offers a refreshing change of space in the full height, stand-up shower. The lightweight 1/8-inch tiles span the shower basin and seal in the water more than a foot up three sides. And Hofmann guarantees the shower won’t leak, thanks to an alternative tile installation method that uses a foam backer with acrylic adhesive to substrate.
A high-design brushed stainless steel sink and faucet sits on an elegantly curved deck that faces another nifty addition — a see-through fish tank that’s visible from the office and bathroom, with only the fish seeing what's on each side.The Cali Bamboo flooring is a nice sustainable feature. The backlit ceiling lights emit a soft glow against the brilliant white surfaces. Three LED puck lights over the kitchen/office stubbornly keep electric usage down and specific task lighting cranked up.
The dining area has been expanded to seat six comfortably at the table, with the addition of two fold-away chairs that adjoin the kitchen area. Underneath the left and right access benches are two "carry-on luggage-sized drawers," as Hofmann calls them. "They're for guests to store their travel bags.” The drawer guides, as are all installed drawers, constructed with silent closing Hafele German-crafted hardware that's sturdy enough for 50 pounds of gear.Moving into culinary arts, there wasn't any skimping on the kitchen sink, either. The extra-deep stainless steel commercial-style basin will shock seasoned RVers. Most trailer kitchen sinks barely get both hands wet at the same time. An adequate pullout food pantry fits next to a generous refrigerator. The two-burner propane stove completes a no-hassles, no-nonsense food prep package.
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