Vintage Trailer Renovated Into Beautiful Live + Work Space By Downsizing Architect

Photos: Matthew Hofmann
Tiny homes, retrofitting old trailers into eco-friendly mobile homes are becoming more widespread as people are questioning the need for "stuff" and a mortgage. In the midst of simplifying his life, Californian architect Matthew Hofmann jumped on the wagon two years ago, purchasing a 1978 Airstream trailer and renovating it a gorgeous live + work space, with beautiful details and eco-friendly finishes.

On his firm's blog, Hofmann talks about the motivation behind the trailer renovation:

I was at a point in my life where wanted to live with less. Two years ago I moved from a large house. And downsizing has a way of making you consider the value of possessions. I wondered, while looking at the massive truckload of things, how would I feel if this truck ran off a cliff and all was lost? My stuff was beginning to feel like a burden, like luggage. Things that I needed to take around with me wherever I went; a truckload-sized ball and chain.

In this project, Hofmann made sure to maximize space efficiency while keeping to a modern aesthetic. Original materials were re-finished and reused whenever possible, and whatever couldn't be reused was sorted and recycled.

The eco-friendly interiors include bamboo countertops, tables and floors. The lovely aqua-toned bathroom has recycled glass tiling. Low-VOC paints were used throughout. (The complete list of materials is here.) We wonder if the trailer was also off the grid?


With this one project completed last year, Matthew's firm, Hofmann Architecture is now expanding into redesigning small spaces and retrofitting old trailers like this one. It's great to see beautifully-done projects like these, and we hope to see more.

More images at Hofmann Architecture blog.

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