Luxury Airstream Renovation Reveal

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Luxury Airstream Renovation Reveal

It’s 9AM, and I’m sitting in my new home, listening to the sound of the rain bounce off Luna the Airstream's aluminum roof. It’s a relaxing sound. I’m patiently waiting for water to boil, so I can make some delicious coffee, freshly ground using a rustic grinder I purchased during my travels in Vietnam. I look to my right and catch trees dancing in the rain just outside of my kitchen window. In fact, if I look outside any of the 14 windows in this 31-foot long living space, I see nature, doing its thing. Siya is peacefully sleeping in the bedroom, 15-feet away from me. I just sit here in my new living space, my mind still and a stupid grin on my face, in pure contentment. I haven’t felt this relaxed in months. It’s only been one week since we moved into her, and she’s already given me exactly what I’ve been longing for.

Home. I’m home.

Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After

↡Click play on the video below to see the full transformation.↡

Rewind 12 months previous...

I was browsing Craigslist and Kijiji ads for old Airstreams. I had originally conjured up the idea of living in a VW campervan years ago, but then I spotted a beautiful spaceship looking thing on wheels, and my plans changed. “An Airstream is the perfect home for us!” I excitedly announced to Siya. Without any hesitation, he was on board.

While looking for used Airstreams, we had no idea what to look out for or what to expect. We were very naïve to say the least, but we had a dream, and we were going to do whatever we needed to make it happen. After looking at several online and in person, we eventually found a  1976 Sovereign Airstream located a 5-hour drive away for $13,000 (new Airstreams of this size are 200,000). Since we owned a small car, unequipped to pull any size Airstream at the time, Siya managed to find us a truck to borrow from a friend of a friend. After all, this we needed to haul what could potentially be our new home.

Spotting Luna for the first time gave me the same feeling a small kid gets on Christmas morning. She definitely wasn’t a Luna back then, but we saw her potential. She was decked out in 70’s attire, and smelled musty and unused. She needed love, and we wanted to give that to her. We did all we could to make sure she was in liveable condition, using all of the trailer/tiny home knowledge that we had (which was zero). We paid the man, hooked her up, and off we went.

When we purchased her, we thought we could live in her the way she was, no problem. Oh, how naïve we were to think such a thing. Over the first few days of getting to know her, we quickly decided that we wanted to do some minor renovations to make her look a little more “modern.” That quickly turned into a year of full renovation. We fully gutted her, removed the shell from her frame, replaced her tanks, tore down her walls, took out insolation and re-wired her. There was a bit of frustration, several roadblocks, a lot of "what the hell are we gunna do now" but more importantly, there was mostly belief that she would become the home we had imagined...one day. Fast-forward to 12 month later, here we are in the Airstream we envisioned, but even better.

Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After
Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After
Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After
Airstream Renovation Before and After
Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After
Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After
Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After
Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After

A year may seem like a long time for an Airstream renovation, but in fact it’s not. I’ve read some renovations taking several years to complete. I got to admit, that if Siya and I were to have done this all ourselves, it may have been done in 3 years from now, looking not nearly as good as it does today. Luckily, we found two Airstream magicians that stepped in to work their magic and bring Luna to life. We found Kate and Ellen of The Modern Caravan on Instagram while browsing for Airstream renovation photos. We fell in love with their work and decided to take a chance and contact them. They weren’t renovating Airstream for a living at the time, but agreed that they would help us renovate ours. From the large must-haves to the fine detail, we worked with them to design the perfect space for everything we needed and desired. We were their first clients, and the start of what has now become a full-time business for both of them. This renovation meant as much to them as it did to us, it meant a new chapter in our lives and there was a lot of emotion in the air during Luna’s big reveal.

It’s been one week since we moved into Luna and every morning I wake up excited for this new life. It’s definitely a learning process living in an Airstream, without any prier knowledge of RV life, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. Now excuse me as I leave you with more photos of Luna while I spend the next 10 minutes watching a bunny chomp on grass in our front yard.

Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After
Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After
Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After
Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After
Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After
Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After
Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After
Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After

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32 Comments

  1. September 19, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    hello,

    Awesome video and it is so beautiful. I love this luxury home decoration. This looks absolutely nice and cute. I just love your blog.

    Thanks for sharing this amazing post.

  2. August 3, 2017 / 2:21 am

    Hello Kristen, wow! It is looking so beautiful. I love this luxury home decoration and the best thing is that it is in budget. This is looking very nice and cute. I want same for my home. I just loved your blog. Thanks for this amazing decoration.

    • August 4, 2017 / 9:56 am

      Thanks so much Kate. I’m in love with our new home. I’m currently putting together a cost breakdown for what we spent on this whole renovation so stay tuned for that. It’s definitely less than a downpayment on a house mortgage here in Canada.

      • Harli
        August 16, 2017 / 8:50 pm

        Hi! I’d reallyyy love to hear about a cost breakdown for this project! im super interested in doing something like this, but dont want to get too far in without having an idea of what it would cost! thank you so much 🙂 the house looks so beautiful

  3. August 2, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    In one of your videos you mentioned that you guys had an idea to start a real life community. I would be interested in keeping up with any info or plans for this (and would be happy to help where needed). For me there are a couple places in Canada I could see being good for this, Nova Scotia and Kelowna BC due to their mild winters (by Canadian standards). NS would have reasonable land prices but I suspect in NS (being from there) you could run up against all sorts of red tape. I have no idea how things would fair in BC.

    Anyway just thought I would contact you in case you start keeping a list of those who are interested in being part of the community.

    • August 2, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      We are still planning! That’s our big goal and we are currently working on it, planning and saving. We are looking at BC and have a friend looking into land for us. We’ll be sharing our journey with that here on the blog and YouTube so stay tuned for more 🙂

  4. Todd
    July 26, 2017 / 8:09 am

    What an awesome job reimagining this old airstream! So how much does it weigh and how big of a truck will you need to pull it?

    Cheers,
    Todd

    • July 27, 2017 / 10:26 pm

      We haven’t wait it with all of the renos yet, but we plan to. We have an 2016 F150 with a towing package pulling it. It does a great job!

  5. Anne Walker
    July 23, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Thanks to your video of the restoration, I contacted Modern Caravan. They will be doing my 1959 Trade Wind for me in five years after I retire. I can’t wait to have the enthusiasm for life you two are sharing. The girls have already been in touch already and are ready to tackle my project. This plan is keeping me focused on track financially. Airstream living is a life changing goal. Loving the results of Luna!

    • July 24, 2017 / 2:45 pm

      That’s so awesome!!! When are you getting it done?

  6. July 17, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    Luna is beautifullllll!! Its been my dream to live in a home on wheels. I know its a cheeky ask but do you mind me asking how much the rennovations cost? I have no idea when it comes to this which makes saving harder as I’ve no idea what we need. Gorgeous airstream!! 😍

    • July 19, 2017 / 11:37 am

      Hey Lisa! Not cheeky at all 🙂 I’m going to be putting together a post on all of the costs and links to all of the things we bought. I’ll most likely post it next week 🙂

  7. Annelies Joss
    July 17, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    My inspiration…… We’re hoping to buy and renovate our Airstream, in the very near future. Thanks for this amazing inspirational video!

  8. Lissette Roman
    July 14, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Luna is absolutely beautiful! My dream is to own one. Heaven on wheels! Enjoy the road, guys!

  9. Lissette Roman
    July 14, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! I love Luna! I want one…heaven on wheels! Enjoy the road, guys!

    • July 14, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      She is pretty heavenly 🙂 Looking forward to sharing life with Luna with you.

  10. Pina Bellotti
    July 14, 2017 / 10:30 am

    🌿Home Sweet Home🌿 Luna may your days be full and light shine on every adventure. ❤️💛💚💙💜from the deepest to you beautiful Beings

    • July 14, 2017 / 1:34 pm

      It’s super spacious, right and very airy. I love her so much. It’s the perfect amount of space for us and the outdoors feel just as much a part of our home as the inside does. It’s such an interesting a great feeling.

  11. Dj_surg
    July 14, 2017 / 9:39 am

    @kristen you are not allowed to take a peak from bedroom to that corner 🛀
    @sia play only romantic soothing music inside bedroom 🍼
    Guys it might have took a bit off time,energy and resources more than expected but it’s worth it looks spectacular and the story behind each and every small tiny bits and pieces the coffee grinder the bench top that feather dream thing it’s really a home dreams on wheels love you guys.

  12. July 14, 2017 / 1:45 am

    This is amazing! I love the transformation SO much! Especially the seating area (what was with that sofa hah). We’re in the middle of converting a panel van into a camper and it’s so exciting to see inspiration like this of what you guys have done to the airstream!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • July 14, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      She is quite amazing April! That’s really exciting you’re also in the process of converting a mobile home. I was just saying to my husband that I love that anytime we get bored with a place, we can just pick up and go somewhere else haha. Oh, the luxuries!

  13. July 13, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    Love it! What a beautiful space and job that they’ve done!

  14. liammckay
    July 13, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    Incredibly well done guys, looks stunning!

    • July 13, 2017 / 6:25 pm

      Thanks Liam! We are so in love with her and can’t wait to film some epic adventures with her.

  15. Rose Jacobson
    July 13, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Fantabulous, I want one. It’ looks comfy airy and so tastefully done. Love you Luna…

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