8 Months Later – the Grand Lounge Remodel
Two years ago when Kelly and I left California – and our traditional corporate office gigs, the trailer began serving as both our home and primary worksite. Pretty quickly it became apparent that our (otherwise very popular) 27FB floorplan was not adequately meeting our needs or preferences. We wanted a more flexible seating/lounging setup and more counter top surface space. Another round of changes was desperately needed.
About this same time I stumbled upon Ultimate Airstream, a small Portland, OR based company specializing in customizing Airstream trailers. Immediately Kelly and I became intrigued with their remodeling ideas and capabilities, in particular a redesign solution dubbed ‘the grand lounge’.
Over the 2015 holidays we had an opportunity to see a grand lounge retrofit firsthand. Impressed with Ultimate’s workmanship, Kelly and I quickly made arrangements for them to remodel our trailer a few months later.
In June of last year we arrived to Portland and handed over our trailer for it’s makeover. The process took just over three weeks, so we moved into a rental house situated a hipster NE neighborhood. As we made final decisions relating to upholstery, flooring, laminate surfaces, etc., we enjoyed visits from friends and family while enjoying fabulous dining, craft beers, and delicious espresso.
To our delight, the conversion process went smoothly. After a final walk through inspection we signed closing paperwork, paid the bill, and again took to the open road giddy with optimism that our new layout would be a huge improvement for our living comfort.
So how are we enjoying the changes? In a few words – we love it. In hindsight, I would have done a couple things slightly differently, but at this point cannot imagine going back to the original layout.