So George and Melanie decided that they would live in an Airstream travel trailer to pursue their dreams of a simple life and the opportunity for George to pursue his career in art. 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.
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Couple Living in ’78 Airstream Tiny Home
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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
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