When Natasha Lawyer and Brett Bashaw returned to Seattle after months traveling cross-country in a Volkswagen van, they knew they were hooked on tiny house living. In hopes of creating a more comfortable tiny home of their own making, the couple ventured into the world of Airstream renovations and came out the other side victorious—with a dream dwelling they named the Tin Can Homestead. Starting with a leaky 1971 Airstream Sovereign shell they purchased for under $5,000, Natasha and Brett gutted the vehicle, preferring to work from scratch for total control of the interior layout. An Airstream renovation specialist was hired for initial work on the subfloor, brake replacement, and waterproofing, while Natasha’s father, a master electrician and experienced builder, provided invaluable advice and assistance. Otherwise, the couple did almost entirely everything themselves, from the flooring and custom cabinetry to wiring and plumbing.
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