Vintage Airstream Custom Renovations

In an earlier post on vogeltalksrving.com, we introduced vintage Airstream renovations by Hofmann Architecture and its recently opened Airstream hotel consisting of four tricked-out trailers parked at the Santa Barbara Auto Camp.

Basic Renovation: 1975 Airstream International 27 foot

Basic Renovation: 1975 Airstream International 27 foot

Based in Santa Barbara, California, Hofmann Architecture (HofArc) takes vintage Airstream trailers and brings them back to life through custom design and craftsmanship based on the owner’s preference.

Matthew Hofmann is the President and Architect of HofArc. His design skills, teamed up with his father’s 30 years of media experience, created a business that uses design and vintage items to reflect an individual’s own personality.

Currently they have twelve employees working for them, mostly a collaboration of designers and craftsmen.

How much does an Airstream renovation cost?

“How much does an Airstream renovation cost?” is a question Hofmann hears fairly often, but the answer isn’t that simple. It’s like asking, “How much does a house cost?” or “How much does a computer cost?”

1967 Airstream Safari 23 foot

Mid-Level Renovation: 1967 Airstream Safari 23 foot

The actual cost will ultimately depend on the “as-is” condition of the Airstream plus the cost of the time and materials of what is installed.

The scope of the project depends on the customer’s requirements.

HofArc assists in finding a balance that meets one’s budget, requirements, and overall expectations.

Having completed more than 60 Airstream renovations has given Hofmann a good idea of what it takes to do the job right.

Following are three renovation options, and an image of past work that closely matches that option.

Basic Renovation

The basic renovation option has a wide range of price points partly due to the requirement to reuse many of the existing trailer’s systems and infrastructure.

Full Renovation: Airstream Mobile Office

Full Renovation: Airstream Mobile Office

This is a basic renovation that will replace up to half of the systems. Many of the existing components, such as lighting and select cabinetry, may be maintained for styling in a creative way.

Hofmann may be limited on the type of unit that will be appropriate for this type of renovation because we need to reuse many existing components to keep the price down.

Mid-Level Renovation 

The mid-level renovation will replace up to half of the systems. Many of the existing components, such as lighting and select cabinetry, may be maintained for styling in a creative way.

Certain elements of the vintage units, like the stove and range combination, or some of the fixtures may be retained.

Full Renovation 

Full Renovation: 1987 Airstream 325 Series Motorhome 34 foot

Full Renovation: 1987 Airstream 325 Series Motorhome 34 foot

This is a full renovation that will replace most, if not all, of the systems. Some existing components, such as lighting and just a few vintage elements, may be maintained for styling in a creative way.

In this renovation category Hofmann is able to significantly modify the outside shell—such as moving the entry door to the other side, or adding a large gull-wing style door (think back to the future time machine).

Hofmann is able to modify a trailer for international requirements in this price option.

Details

Hofmann Architecture

Hofmann Architecture (HofArc), based in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, is in the dream development business.

Since August of 2011, HofArc has become respected worldwide for custom Airstream renovations.

The firm is built on the foundation of sustainability, mobility, and adaptability.

Address: 519 N. Quarantina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Phone: (805) 618-2461

Website: www.hofarc.com

Worth Pondering…

If you can dream it, you can do it.

—Walt Disney

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