Retro Airstream Renovated Into Stylish Modern Tiny House
Retro Airstream Renovated Into Stylish Modern Tiny House

Of all of the mobile homes out there, perhaps
none are more iconic than the Airstream and today here in California, we’re about to meet
an interior designer who has taken a retro 60’s caravan and towed it into the new century. Hey August how’s it going mate? Bryce, so good to meet you! Great to meet you, and it’s amazing to see
your home! Thank-you. I have to say I’m a big fan of the Airstreams. Me too, they’re special things and this is
from 1968 which was a great generation and it’s got a lot of years under it. What was the story in how you got started
on this project? So, my grandfather gifted this airstream to
my dad 25 years ago, he had it for about 10 years and then parked it for about 10 years
and it was slowly rotting away and I was leaving the city and I saw a gem so I decided to take
it off his hands, gutted it and kind of figured out what I could do with it and what was salvageable
and ended up taking the project on. Seeing this Airstream and seeing the potential
in it and seeing that it’s a gem, I didn’t initially think it was going to be my home
really, I just knew I wanted to take on the project because I loved the Airstream and
then after, I was about 2 months into the build and I just fell in love with it, and
I thought, why would I not live in this thing? And I thought that creating a home that I
owned, that wasn’t a rental, that I could take with me through my chapters of life would
be special and it just was a good fit. And so you did this whole project as a DIY,
didn’t you? Yeah, totally. I wanted to build it myself to save money
on labour but also just to learn and figure it out, a little more building skills. Especially working with wood and milling wood
and building cabinetry. I’m an interior designer by trade so I have
the vision but I wanted to figure out the process of getting it to that point. As an interior designer I know that you’re
probably used to working in much larger spaces, what was it like tackling such a small space
design project? It was a challenge, there were many challenges
I didn’t expect either. I think if anything it’s just the amount focus
on all the details you know, it’s like a lot of the time with bigger spaces you can get
away with things having a little less attention on them but every little inch in here you
see, you know? Also tackling the space, making it functional
and at the same time having space to live and move around but also have a place for
everything. Everything you need and nothing you don’t. Well already from the exterior I can see you’ve
done a really good job on the restoration of this one. Thank you. And I cannot wait to see what you’ve done
inside, can we take a look? Absolutely, come on in! Thank you. This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you. You’ve really gone for quite a modern edge
in here, haven’t you? Yeah, the layout is actually pretty similar
to the original 1968 layout, this was usually a second bed but I turned this into a small
dinette over here but kitchen’s still in the same place, bathroom still in the same end
and the main bed is over here and this usually had the table in the centre with two pieces
which came together but I decided to go with this arrangement and have the bed here and
then also play as a day bed /sofa as well. I definitely like how you’ve done that, you’ve
created this as a really comfortable looking area. Have you included storage in this space as
well? Yeah, totally! So along the back I have the holding tank
for the water to be on the road and then in front of that I have three areas of storage
which I keep my linens in so making the bed I’ll pull the linens out and go back and forth. One of the things that I’m quite impressed
with is I can stand up in here and I wasn’t expecting to be able to. Yeah, totally I mean, I have to give that
to Airstream, they figured it out. I didn’t raise or change the subfloor so this
is the original height. The inside is 7 feet wide by 19 feet long
and then just around 7 feet tall. I really like the way that you’ve done the
window treatments in here as well. Yeah it’s tricky with Airstreams because of
the curve, if you just let them hang they’re going to sit away from the wall, so what I’ve
done is place magnets on either side so that I’m able to close it against the wall. And then I do really like how you’ve created
this dining area as well cos’ it’s always nice to have a dedicated dining space just
set up all the time, isn’t it? Yeah absolutely. I use this also as my work space and it kind
of doubles and what I really wanted to do is cover the wheel wells so, the wheel well
protrudes up under there and I wanted to have that constantly covered so I added the table
on top and then this one seater booth which has an access panel on the outside that goes
under it so I call that my garage, but yeah it’s great, super functional and then it’s
nice to be able to sit and look out the window. And then the kitchen here has been especially
nicely done, I really like this counter top! Thank you so much. Yeah the kitchen definitely is the centre
piece of the project and the home so this counter top is walnut, it was actually four
different pieces of hardwood that I glued and put together and then the fridge is a
3 way Dometic set-up so I can run it off propane, battery or AC, so that’s great and then over
here I have a two top burner running off of propane and an oven as well. I especially like how you’ve kept the retro
central control panel in it as well. Totally, yeah that was something that I knew
from the beginning that I wanted to restore and keep in here. It’s really kind of the heart of the Airstream,
the soul you know, it controls everything and so I messed with the wiring a little bit
and as you can see you know, the battery condition, I can test that, lights still are functional
on it. I don’t have a holding tank in here any more
for the black, just they grey water tank so that’s not running but everything else, including
the water pump. That’s so cool. Yeah. I like what you’ve done here with the sink
as well. Yeah absolutely, I love this faucet, did all
my hardware from an Italian company called Ducati .If you see under here I have an area
for drying my dishes. It goes pretty deep so it’s actually great
for washing pots. One thing that’s also nice about it is covering
the top to get some extra counter space. As you can see I used the same piece from
the counter to follow the grain through. Beautiful and this is quite a compact kitchen
but you’ve still managed to build in a really good amount of storage. Yeah absolutely so these uppers I have food
and pantry up here, all of the hinges in here are soft close so driving they don’t fly open,
then over here I have my dish ware and then a vent for the oven and then on this side
of the storage here you can see this is a steel panel because I had to get the oven
so close I didn’t want the heat to have an issue with the wood and then on the other
side I have my closet. Really nice that you’ve built in some hanging
storage and everything there. Yeah, at first I was a little nervous that
it was going to be too small but honestly it’s great, it fits all my clothes. Large mirror there is a nice touch as well. Yeah totally. I wanted to figure out a place to put a mirror,
but I didn’t want it to be exposed and sometimes I find I just leave this open and with the
mirror it makes the space feel even larger. Now in this whole home, there is only one
painting on the wall so I’m guessing that has got to have a story behind it. Good observation! Well, this Airstream is from Montana and my
grandfather has a bison ranch in Montana and as I said before it was gifted originally
from him so I wanted to give a little bit of love back to that and so I commissioned
a local artist who ironically is named August as well to do this oil painting of a scene
at the ranch of a couple of bison. And I really like how with the bathroom pocket
door you’ve created it with that opaque glass so that you can let a bit more light into
the room as well. Absolutely, light and then also just giving
a little bit of dimension to the space and I didn’t want to close this off completely,
like to be able to see through as you were saying with the light but then also since
it is a small space to understand, that it continues past this door. One thing I didn’t anticipate was as the light
changes throughout the day, the hue changes in the temperature of how it comes through
this door which is really special. Sometimes I’ll turn a light on in the bathroom
and it’ll be sunset and I’ll get almost a rainbow effect coming through the door which
is really special. Beautiful. Well, can we check out the bathroom and see
what’s happening in there? Absolutely, yeah definitely. Oh this is very well done! Thanks, yeah it was definitely the most challenging
part of the project. I wanted to repurpose the old holding tank
which was the black tank into the grey tank so what I did was basically use what was the
black tank output, turn it into the shower drain and made a wet bathroom so basically
I just move my bath mat out shower it just showers on everything and everything in here
is actually water proofed as well as the walls if you feel there’s a rubber coating on there. Oh yeah. So the water just kind of beads off there. The shower is a hand hold shower but then
also I have a mount over here to the left that I can just set it there and just shower
normally. Then the counter top, if you can see it’s
one piece here, walnut curve, I had to install that before the wall or anything in order
to get it in here and then I have the composting toilet, the natures head which I love and
then on this side I have my sink and also this omni mounted mirror, so, it being curved
as well, I had a little bit of a challenge figuring out how to position the mirror so
I got a speaker mount and then mounted it with a speaker mount that I could position
it the mirror however I like. And then so under the sink I have access to
all my systems, which I really want to be able to not go outside and go in the back
so under here you can see my hot water tank is here, and then around there I have my converters
and inverters and batteries as well. Very clever design! And what’s the story behind this picture here? So yeah, this is a photo of my father as I
wanted to give a little praise to him as well since he gifted this to me and, that’s him
in the 80’s with Andy Warhol, they were close friends and it was during the time he owned
a night club and, the whole art world back then. No kidding! Yeah. What a treasure! And so how long have you been living in the
Airstream now? Ah, I’ve been living in it full time for about
3 months now. Fantastic and how are you finding life here
so far? It’s been great! It’s been a little bit of a learning curve,
you know? Not only living in a small space but living
in an Airstream and figuring out how they work and what doesn’t and ways to make things
more efficient and what not. And what was the budget in building this home? Well, I got the original structure basically
for free. It was almost not worth anything with the
condition it was in and I actually put 25 grand into it. 25 grand isn’t including my labour but yeah,
I think a great turn out for the budget. It really is, this is a phenomenal result
for this quality of build, well done! Thank you so much. And now you’re just getting ready to take
the Airstream on a big cross-country adventure! Yeah, no destination exactly yet but definitely
hitting the road. I have a little bit of time off right now
so I’m gonna head north I think after this. And you have a job that lets you travel quite
a lot because in addition to working as an interior designer you’re also a musician,
aren’t you? Yeah, absolutely. It’s great I’m able to work mainly off of
my lap-top so the office is really where I set the laptop and then also I’ve been working
on my music in this Airstream and exploring the sound and recording in here as well which
has been an interesting journey. I do have an album coming out for the first
time in two years. It was during this project that I wrote the
album so yeah, it’s an inspiring space to even write as well, you know, I love it. This is really a family heirloom as it was
passed down, I’m the third generation it’s been passed down, but I didn’t want it to
feel like I was living in my grandfather or my dad’s space, I wanted it to feel like my
own so I really stripped it down in order to create the space that felt personal to
me and I love the idea of having a mobile life style and being able to have my home
and feeling like it’s my permanent home when I come back to it from my travels, have a
place that’s stable but then also in 30 minutes strap it to my truck and take it to any next
adventure. August, you really have done such a great
job with this build. You’ve turned an old Airstream into a really
beautiful home, thank you so much for sharing it with me! Thank you so much for coming by! This really is such an impressive project. August has done an amazing job with the design
of this place but what I really like about it is that there’s just so much history tied
up in here. This is an heirloom which has passed from
his grandfather to his father and now his father to him and now, it’s a beautiful home
that’s awaiting an incredible life on the road. on the road. ♫ He bought a pick up ♫ ♫ Got rid of his foreign ♫ ♫ Bin across the world ♫ ♫ But he keeps exploring ♫ ♫ Clothes smell of white sage and oak in the morning ♫ ♫ Breaks up the pattern ♫ ♫ If he see’s it forming ♫ ♫ Boots on the floor ♫ ♫ In the eye of the storm ♫ ♫ Boots on the floor ♫ ♫ In the eye of the storm ♫

100 thoughts on “Retro Airstream Renovated Into Stylish Modern Tiny House”

  1. Living Big In A Tiny House says:

    I've always been such a fan of Airstreams and this is without a doubt one of the coolest renovations I've seen so far! I hope you all enjoy the video tour of this beautiful home. As always, thanks for watching! With love, Bryce & Rasa

  2. imcharmed4evr says:

    OH MY GOSH an Airstream! Love it! The exterior alone had my heart. Ur music is Amazing!

  3. Iracena Velazquez says:

    He's a genius 😎😎

  4. Steven Seven says:

    I enjoy your videos so much. I get lots of great ideas from each one. Your videos are also very high quality. Thanks. 😀👍

  5. Gerri Vedrene says:

    Love this!

  6. Amazing Unicorn says:

    Yea , yea totally, yea absolutely, yea, yea, yea totally, yea absolutely, august is so funny

  7. Linda Elsebeth Andersen Schmidt says:

    Am I the only one who is kinda bothered by the lack of personal affects – no pictures, no keepsakes… It looks more like a rental, then a home. I am impressed, as I take it as he is completely minimalistic, just makes it a bit hard to see "myself" replicate it

  8. Orochi Sama says:

    I wish i could have one😍😍😋

  9. osogoodgirl says:

    I really like the new feature of music at the end!

  10. Leah Hansen says:

    So grateful that you included a video of August's singing talent at the end of your video.

  11. rapid170 says:

    Great video Bryce, peace

  12. Michelle Hauser says:

    SUPER NICE!!!! Minimalist clean lines…..not cluttered! He did an amazing job on it!

  13. Awake andreborn says:

    25K??? Where? I like it and all but I've seen skooley's take less money that had way more.

  14. tripletgirl2 says:

    What a wonderful treasure! August has accomplished an amazing build. Thanks again for an inspiring, well produced video!!

  15. Alisa Mehmal says:

    That is a very nice remodel of an airstream. 👍 The details in the finishing and the color scheme works amazingly. A very inviting space.

  16. Anna D says:


  17. denis black says:

    just beautiful!👍🏻

  18. NerdyKidan says:

    Should go see Collin F's bunker

  19. Dr. José Guilherme Gontijo says:


  20. Bernhard Michael Fux says:

    Being a professional Builder and restaurateur of RV`s when I was young, just after my time when I was a soldier, I must admit: I do not often see such a valuable work from a DIY Guy that`s so near to "perfect".. if perfect actually exists lol. The Layout of this Airstreamer is awesome, and the Details make me drool. The Bathroom is a sight to be seen, and I think it`s as functional as such a bathroom ever can be! The only thing I would miss in this gorgeous home would be my pair of JBL 4341 Monitors so that I would have to build some other Speakers to fulfill my audiophile needs! This could be a home to use a pair of KEF LS50ies inside… Or something similar to them… But, a Home-cinema could be very easy to build into this Tincan. Just a large TV with about 55" to fold down from the ceiling would be enough to match the visual side of the cinema, and Stereo sound Setup – if properly done will also be good enough to make a great movie experience!
    And with a height of over 7` is certainly good to go. Since I am just 180cm "tall" I`d have headroom enough to go under it well.
    So, if jealousy had a place in my life, I would be jealous of August! But, because of the lack of jealousy in my personality, I don`t feel this way at all!
    Big Congrats to this young man, and may my best wishes follow him on his trail of life!

  21. Retro Renovations says:

    Lovely Retro restoration. Thanks for sharing 😊

  22. hopeinparis says:

    This is an exceptional episode. What an impressive, original, beautiful and professional job August did on this old Airstream, more than 50 years old! The end is a really nice touch, with both the music and the very picturesque view of the Airstream on the road. Bryce and Rasa, you do an incredible job with this show and only keep getting better!!! Bravo and love from Paris. xx

  23. A Sherri Hayes says:

    Love Airstreams, so I really enjoyed seeing this one. It’s so well done! Thank you, Bryce and Resa! ❤️

  24. Z Gallardo says:

    Beautifully designed!

  25. James says:

    With all the “ totally “ and “ absolutely “ it just makes me cringe!!!

  26. Donna Manitu says:

    The base for the table should of been made narrow so you can sit at the table while not sitting sideways.

  27. jack jones says:

    Absolutely beautiful and great craftsmanship

  28. Layne Goldsmith says:

    Verrry nice!!!

  29. ess serleem says:


  30. T. Alma says:

    Haha he literally starts off every sentence with yeah

  31. Ray Cuban says:

    Great song at the end! What a life

  32. fireboltaz says:

    Nothing like spending a load of cash on something that’s considered a liability

  33. Debbe Long says:

    This young man is a genius, what an awesome job, everything is perfectly set up!!! Thank you for sharing ❤

  34. Ricki Coughlan says:

    The feather tattoo . . .

  35. Han reality. says:

    What a beautifully put together film.

  36. Penn Ferino says:

    Take me with you and let our journey begins 😘😘

  37. Juanita Skelton says:

    Very beautiful, Mr. Paul. Gorgeous space and gorgeous music and voice. Good use of your talents and time. You seem very nice too…and…may you continue to grow as an interior designer and a musician. Thank you for sharing!

  38. Tami Weber says:

    Beautiful 💖 precious save of heirloom Airstream 🙋🏼‍♀️

  39. Brian Walker says:

    How many feet us your trailer? (Great video quality & choice of music Lol).

  40. Tamara Bossler says:

    Nice1 👍

  41. Tom Schenk says:

    voice has a James taylor esque to it

  42. FR Crafts says:

    There was a Pentagram on the rock behind you, Bryce.

  43. Monica Walker says:

    Very Cool

  44. Yesica1993 says:

    I wanted to check out more of his music, but I don't do Instagram.

  45. Aliesha Cropp says:

    This is such a beautiful renovation I love the style, great job August. And keep up the good work Bryce love this channel!

  46. Joe Bryant says:

    Okay Bryce, now you're really trolling us. It's nice. But no, it's not a fucking house – tiny or otherwise.

  47. jebstewart666 says:

    wonderful renovation! i have lived in a 1973 36 foot Land Yacht Sovereign Airstream for 14 years now on land way out in the country. unrenovated, still many of the original features, but showing the age. a wonderful home for a single man with a cat….;) fully understand scaling down of possessions. it is funny what you don't need so much of. of course, mine being larger it has greater storage space, but still i minimalize. slowly building a house on my property and plan to turn this into a cozy guest house. thanks for the inspiration and the feeling of the way i chose is not as crazy as it seems……

  48. Brandi LeeMa says:

    There is just something about airstreams that I love. Would be nice to see more of them.

  49. TOP EXPLORE says:


  50. Roberto Diaz del Pinal says:

    Wow! This airstream makes me feel so jealous and so happy for him at the same time

  51. Angela Galloway says:

    As always a great upload wow all beautiful what a gorgeous singer he is lovely guy

  52. thenintendoboy1 says:

    Yeah Absolutely

  53. Pon Pon Production says:

    BEAUTIFUL! This is the only tiny house channel I would watch. Others are just, meh. There's something authentic and warm about these videos. Keep on making them, Bryce! Love it

  54. dorian diddles says:

    You should fix the dents on the outside. I'm sure it's doable.

  55. Reinaldo Silva Silva says:

    Fantástico !!! Retro e lindo !!! Transpira liberdade e paz !! Adorei, pra ser feliz não é preciso quantidade e sim qualidade que se traduz em básico !!!

  56. Donnelly Webb says:


  57. Damian Lewd says:

    He’s phyne

  58. WeThePeople HaveSpoken says:

    yeah totally

  59. shannon crook says:

    Are you able to get wifi and cable?

  60. sigma six says:

    His father must have been influenced by Andy Warhol and he in turn by his father, because that place smacks of artistic brilliance… '; )

  61. fw1421 says:

    Looks like the Airstream used on the TV show Grimm!👍🏻👍🏻🙏🏻

  62. Andrew Gedman says:

    "where are the batteries?" "oh in the shower"

  63. Beck L says:

    Can’t wait til Rasa’s last name matches yours Bryce 😉 – thanks for Awesome footage of tiny living / great camera work Rasa, as always!

  64. bentaya hamza says:

    omg you have a wonderful voice

  65. Dan Moreno says:

    Live the trailer love the history of the tea and really dig your sound where can we find your music

  66. Shelia French says:

    WOW this house has such as in to it it is absolutely beautiful and I love airstreams I want one so bad I can just imagine how you were in there because I know you love the peace and serenity I’ve seen a lot of your photos on Instagram so this was definitely your space to be there with him can you imagine him doing such a good job on an airstream what he would do in a bigger space oh my goodness this guys got serious talent thank you again for bringing us such a great video and happy holidays to you and yours from ur Florida girl ❤️🌴

  67. Kanji Tsuki says:

    So beauteful home ❤❤❤❤

  68. RobFrank22 says:


  69. fabian fernandez says:


  70. fabian fernandez says:

    Free Energy u can use in ur tiny mobile home

  71. fabian fernandez says:

    Extensibles SOLAR PANELS roof can add much energy & shadows in summer time or raining

  72. fabian fernandez says:

    With sun light u can warm water too solar. Hot free water &. Rain water recolector

  73. Tony Gloria says:

    What kind of oven is that? I’ve done soo much research and can’t find anything like that it’s so frustrating. Please anyone…

  74. fabian fernandez says:

    U need Tesla CYBERTRUCK for ur mobile house

  75. fabian fernandez says:

    Super beautiful home dude

  76. Peregrine Moss says:

    Welcome to California!! 🙂

  77. Trumpenstein says:

    I didn't know Airstream was in Santa Fe Springs Ca.

  78. Hand Slap says:

    Class act home and individual. No pretension and his merits shine through his work. Good episode.

  79. Karen Davis says:

    Everything about this Airstream is amazing…but the song at the end was really special. Best of luck to you, August!

  80. Machond says:

    the airstream and winnebago are easily the top two !

  81. Machond says:

    i peeped the tofurky (vegan) italian sausages in the fridge ! love that. ive been vegan 4 years thats literally the only reason i knew even though the shot was blurry.

  82. Machond says:

    you are the only channel that doesnt just tour homes. you and rasa take us into the unique experience of every PERSON

  83. Lavender 1 says:

    By far my favorite! So beautiful!

  84. Samuel Kackley says:

    Killing it August awesome meeting you at the Joshua tree cleanup.

  85. Moto Spit says:

    This guy has a very unique personality, his creativity and style is just on a other level, I would love if he took on the project as one of his income generating options just renovating old airstream etc and when he does his performance at the end of this video just crowns 👑 it all. Does he have like an Instagram handle or something?

  86. Joel Lagonero says:

    Awesomely well done Bryce!!

  87. LeilaLamb says:

    Bryce, have you thought of visiting with Trent and Allie? They’re you tubers who live out of their van and are currently travelling from North to South America.

  88. Tainui Babe says:

    The song is awesome too!

  89. Sinh Nguyen says:

    It's sweet. I hope you sell a lot of it.

  90. Dan W says:

    Wow! Nice work on this. Keeping all white and light contrasting colors makes it seem a lot more roomy inside. The Airstreams design is timeless and like old aircraft, they're always solid enough for a good makeover.😉😁👍👍

  91. Sinh Nguyen says:

    The curving bed looks like a bit of a problem that will require breaking in.

  92. Shannon Huntley says:

    So I have a question for anyone that lives or has lived the RV life or just has general knowledge on the subject. Okay, so when rvers are somewhere hot especially with a lot of humidity like where I live, Florida, what do they do about AC? Like how cost efficient and practical is it to actually have an AC? How would it be ran? Say a RV that is apart of the actual car, how would they use it without turning the engine on? Or if it's an airstream what would they use? Can it be used on Solar? Again, if someone can provide me insight and some answers on the aforementioned, it'd be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.

  93. splashpit says:

    Flick mixer is the wrong way around , only good if you are a lefty !

  94. seth redz says:

    Andy Warhol! get out! I was as amazed! Now this is tiny living done right. It fits his minimalist lifestyle, I love it when there aren't so many trinkets around the tiny house. Even when you look at the storage spaces, you'll see that he has very few things. I;m really inspired by this. Thank you so much Bryce.

  95. Scott Ord says:

    One of my favorite vids from this channel – I thought that both host and builder were super-authentic and just loved every bit of this episode! Bravo, well built, and well done. The song at the end was icing on the cake, thanks for sharing!

  96. Christos says:

    Yeah, totally!

  97. Joshalynn Segura says:

    What an amazing voice!! As an amateur singer, songwriter, and guitarist of 18 years, hearing others perform originals of their own is so touching for me. It just hits a certain spot in my soul and gives me inspiration to continue growing my love for music!! ❤

  98. Cathy B says:

    Very Beautiful space

  99. Sammy Khaya says:

    Yeah totally

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