When they got tired of living paycheck to paycheck, they decided to make a big change.
After doing some research, they found an Airstream on Craigslist and bought it for $5,000. And with a budget of about $1,500, they fixed it up to suit their needs.
Couple Living in ’78 Airstream Tiny Home
Images © A Small Life
Images © A Small Life
My name is Melanie and my husband, our tiny dog and I live in a 1978 Airstream Sovereign. We decided that we were sick of living paycheck-to-paycheck. We wanted a chance to get out of that lifestyle and a chance for George to pursue his art full-time. So one night we dreamed up the crazy idea of living in an Airstream. After a bit of research, we purchased a 1978 Airstream Sovereign from a Craigslist ad for $5,000. We pulled the Airstream to land that is in my husband’s family. The land formerly housed a single-wide trailer, so it was perfect for our setup.
We didn’t budget a great deal of money to fix up the 1978 Airstream— just $1,000. Unfortunately, we did go over our initial budget by about $500. It took way too many coats of Kilz and a bright white paint/primer to cover the walls. To save on furniture costs and lumber my husband custom-built much of our furniture from old barn wood or discarded lumber. To decorate we used things we already had from previous apartments or DIYed it— like the curtains and the pillows.
To be honest, we didn’t do much to the outside of the trailer. We simply washed it and buffed it. We also sealed all the windows and around the doors.
I’m so proud of how we transformed not only the place that we live but the way that we live. We live a much simpler life now.
You can see more of our life on: asmalllife.com
You can share this tiny house story with your friends and family for free using the e-mail and social media re-share buttons below. Thanks.
If you enjoyed this tiny house story you’ll absolutely LOVE our Free Daily Tiny House Newsletter with even more! Thank you!
More Like This: Explore our Tiny Houses Section
See The Latest: Go Back Home to See Our Latest Tiny Houses
Latest posts by Alex (see all)
- Fifth Wheel Tiny House on Wheels by Mississippi Tiny House - April 24, 2017
- Essen’Ciel Tiny Home by Baluchon - April 24, 2017
- 545 Sq. Ft. Simi Valley Hillside Cottage - April 24, 2017