We've spent the last three years renovating three Airstreams with nothing but our own hands. As a renovation team, our individual strengths and talents work in harmony, and our combined knowledge and experience are unparalleled. When you work with us, you can be assured that you'll not find a more passionate, driven, and compatible team with the experience and know-how to back up our work, doing all of our work in-house. Our meticulous attention to detail goes into every aspect of our renovation projects, from the repair to the design to the build.
We can't wait to work with you on your project!
Why work with us?
The proof is in the pudding.
An artist at her core, Kate has spent the last twenty-five years learning and growing as a designer. Her passion for interior design is evident in the spaces she designs and creates. For Kate, design isn't about the latest trend or accolades, it's so much a part of who she is that for most of her life, it's the thing she does when no one's looking. After many years of soul-searching, she and the persons who know her best believe it all led her to pursuing her work here at The Modern Caravan (and the occasional side project!).
Intention, beauty, and carefully honed aesthetics are at the core of Kate's design philosophy. You'll find her resourceful, a fountain of knowledge and creativity that help spaces come alive and clients' visions come true - even whilst staying on a strict budget!
Kate's attention to detail is not lost in our renovations, she's quick to note a slight error in measurement that others might not notice. Her keen eye is often more spot on than the ruler itself. When selecting materials, Kate intuitively chooses varying textures and objects that coordinate to form a cohesive, layered, and intentional space, one meant for truly living, one where a mess of papers and coffee rings are encouraged, where we can feel most ourselves and at ease.
Raised in a small town in the Midwest with very little, much of Kate's resourcefulness was born out of necessity. Learning how to build alongside her dad and watching her grandpa run a successful construction business, Kate learned from an early age to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty. As an adult, life hasn't been an easy for Kate. She's never been handed anything and works for everything she's got - a fighter by nature, Kate doesn't give up and goes after her work with that mentality. Her aesthetic often lends itself to things she cannot afford, so Kate figures out how to get the end result she desires without spending the cash: research and elbow grease required.
In the past four years, Kate has worked alongside Ellen: their renovation experience combined can boast a fully gutted and renovated 1957 Airstream Overlander, 1977 Airstream Overlander, and a 1976 Airstream Sovereign, along with other experience including a home renovation: fully gutted and rebuilt bathroom, an attic conversion to functional living space, a living room renovation in a 1940's home, exposing fireplace brick and original trim reproduction, as well as a floating staircase build, and a full kitchen renovation in their current 1930's home. All work was accomplished with just the two women bringing their strengths and knowledge to the table. Kate brings the design, Ellen brings the build, and together they tackle the work.
Ellen works with her hands. She is a maker, a problem-solver. There are few things Ellen can't figure out - and she doesn't give up. Ellen is a ball of energy - a positive, smiling beam of light to all she meets. She is relentless in her pursuit of betterment, learning everything she can and soaking up knowledge like a sponge. An art teacher for the last decade, Ellen taught and walked alongside hundreds of kids as they develop as people and artists. Ellen sees her students as people first and foremost, and believes that the art they create will be more beautiful and have more depth when they are seen and heard and treated as the individual that they are.
Her wealth of knowledge in the arts is far and wide: she's done and can do it all. From ceramics to sculpting to painting, weaving to woodworking, Ellen's hands and mind create brilliantly. When her students come to her with ideas for art projects, Ellen encourages every method of creating and to use a plethora of media - to think outside the box, that nothing is off limits, and this, along with the way she sees human beings, carries over into the work Ellen does here at The Modern Caravan.
Ellen has sought after experiences that teach her new techniques of creating and problem-solving. Her desire to learn how to weld led her to choosing a metals sculpting class for her master's work. She utilizes her knowledge of metals work, from plasma cutting to welding, for chassis repair on our Airstream renovations.
Wanting to learn more about the process of woodworking, Ellen spent time on the Northern California coast working for a sustainable lumber mill and woodworking shop. She worked in every aspect of the process, from salvaging fallen trees and learning how to use an Alaskan mill and both a manual LT40 Wood-Mizer mill and a hydraulic LT40 Wood-Mizer. She later worked in the studio, crafting one-of-a-kind high end furniture pieces alongside the shop's owner and fellow woodworkers and later worked the shop, where raw wood slabs and finished pieces were sold. Ellen began crafting beautiful bread boards and other small pieces three years ago. These combined experiences, along with her building knowledge, are what make our designs come to life so beautifully here at The Modern Caravan.
Like Kate, Ellen was also raised with little, and her hardworking folks taught Ellen everything she knows. Her dad was a carpenter for much of his young life, and her mom is an electrical engineer. They instilled an unmatched work ethic in her, and taught her resourcefulness and building skills that she has spent her entire life honing.