August came to possess the Airstream after his grandfather gifted the vehicle to his dad 25 years ago. The caravan was in use for ten years by his father, but was then left to rot.
I was leaving the city, and I saw a gem, he said of the old caravan, which was parked at his familys house in Montana. So I decided to take it off [my dads] hands and gutted it. I figured out what I could do with it and what was salvageable, and decided to take the project on.
August completed the build himself, using the project to refine his building and woodworking skills. In such a small space, he built and designed with the motto everything you need and nothing you dont.
The finished build includes a daybed style couch, a walnut kitchen, a compact dinette, and a wet room accessed through a sliding pocket door. The vehicle is able to be hooked up to utilities, but is also built for off-the-grid living.
Though August didnt originally envision the Airstream as his home, that is what the caravan has become. At the time of filming, August has been living full-time in the caravan for three months.
After I was about two months into the build, I fell in love with it and thought, Why would I not live in this thing? he says in the video. I thought that creating a home that I ownedthat wasnt a rentaland I could take with me through my chapters of life would be special. It just was a good fit.
The vehiclewhich is 19 feet long by 7 feet wide, with a 7 foot ceilingstill has its original control panel as the only throwback inside the modernized Airstream. After refining the wiring, August can now use the decades old panel to test the battery condition, control the lights, and turn on the water pump.
Its really kind of the heart and the soul of the Airstream, he says. It controls everything.
Though he received the original Airstream for free, August put $25,000 into the project to get the caravan to its current state. Though that doesnt include the labor August contributed himself, he says the final product was worth the time and money.
This is really a family heirloom. Im the third generation it's been passed down, he says. But I didnt want it to feel like I was living in my grandfather or my dads space. I wanted it to feel like my own.
Once you see this space, youll be dreaming of your own tiny houseand youll certainly be left hoping theres a hidden gem of a family heirloom waiting for you out there.