Editor’s Note: The following is a blog from Mother Nature Network on Matthew Hofmann, an eco-minded architect who developed a passion for renovating vintage Airstream trailers.
For his latest project, green architect and vintage Airstream trailer renovator extraordinaire Matthew Hofmann transforms a middle-aged aluminum beauty into a tricked-out guesthouse-on-wheels.
Although the 28-year-old Hofmann, a LEED-accredited architect, is responsible for a handful of lovely more “traditional” residential properties, his passion for Airstream renovations began when he himself purchased a shiny, 25-foot long beauty from Craigslist, treated it an eco-friendly makeover, parked it on an oceanfront lot, and moved right on in with his girlfriend for an entire year.
Since then, Hofmann has emerged as a vintage trailer rehabilitation guru of sorts. His full-service architectural design firm, HoffArc, is now offering “a full range of services for restorations of vintage Airstream travel trailers and there’s even a distinct HoffArc blog dedicated to the art of earth-friendly aluminum trailer touch-ups.
Santa Barbara-based Hofmann’s most recent completed Airstream project, his second this year, is a guesthouse for a Rottweiler- and horse-loving avocado rancher who wanted to transform a 27-foot 1972 Tradewind Airstream trailer into a homey place where guests could feel “comfortable and not worry about staining the carpet.”
To read the entire article and view photos of the renovated trailer click here.