A Wisconsin trailer waves goodbye to the 1970s and sets off for modern territory.
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Always up for a challenge, Aaron and Amy Carman went on the hunt for a vintage Airstream trailer to put their design and woodworking skills to the test. After scoring a 1971 Airstream Caravel on eBay, this Wisconsin couple spent four summers refashioning its outdated avocado-hued interior into a bright and modern space. Lightweight materials for easy towing — and a TV and Xbox — helped turn this Airstream into their perfect portable getaway. “I always saw it as a fort for grown-ups,” says Amy.
Project at a Glance
What: Complete Airstream remodel
Owners: Amy and Aaron Carman
Size: 128 square feet
Time: Remodeled over four summers
Cost: About $6,800
Aaron designed the green sculptural wall by the kitchen using Paulownia, a lightweight, sustainable wood from Asia. Each piece was cut to fit in with the others like a puzzle. Sherwin-Williams’ Grassland paint ties it in with the rest of the interior.
The orange sofa converts into a full-size bed. At first the Carmans wanted to have something custom made, but instead they came across a perfect and affordable model in Target’s dorm room collection.
Flexible trim and laminate walls accommodate the curved walls on the trailer’s front and back. Figuring out how to work with the Airstream’s rounded shape took some work — the couple had plenty of strikeouts before they landed on this combination.