We began building Hawk, our 1994 Airstream home, in October 2017. We did a partial gut renovation, and in this instance, we simply did not replace the subfloor or tanks, which were in fine shape. Everything else is entirely new, including fans, skylights, AC, insulation, electrical, plumbing, et cetera.
We moved into the Hawk two months after purchasing it. We only had weekends to do work, since we were renovating Isla for clients during the week, and when we moved in, we’d barely finished laying a floor and painting the walls. We hadn’t yet wired in lights or outlets, and we didn’t have electricity, heat, or plumbing.
We threw together a makeshift kitchen with a water jug and 14” copper sink that our clients hadn’t wanted, and used our Coleman camp stove. We packed ice into a tiny dorm-sized refrigerator and used that for our food. We didn’t have privacy for our toilet, so we strung up our sheer shower curtain onto wires that were hanging out of the ceiling.
We moved 1200 miles from one job to another job with appliances on the floor and our things stuffed into boxes, and then proceeded to finish the build while doing another client renovation.
We completed the build quickly and while we lived in the space, and isn’t quite what we want it to be. This winter, we plan to finish out the build beautifully, insulate the belly pan, replace tanks, and finish removing the stripe decals and adhesive and polish the exterior.
Photos to come! We can’t wait for our home to be exactly what we want it to be.
Propane range from Dometic
Vitrifrigo AC/DC 8.1 cu ft fridge and freezer
Fireclay Tile backsplash
Dometic Penguin II AC Unit w/ Heat Pump
Three Fantastic Fans
Two Maxim Skylights
Onboard LG All-in-One Ventless Washer/Dryer
Nature's Head Dry Toilet
AC + DC power, lighting, and outlets
Aluminum-crafted replacement endcaps
Private rear bedroom
Custom crafted pocket doors
Costs & Timeline
$17,500 | Airstream
$15,000 | Tools + Supplies
$32,500 | Total Cost
(appliances and tile were provided at no cost)
October 2017 - current