The Tin Can Homestead - Stunning Airstream Renovation & Alternative Living

Posted On Aug 20, 2016
The Tin Can Homestead - Stunning Airstream Renovation & Alternative Living

Airstream Brands is excited to share The Tin Can Homestead's story on The Stream, featuring Brett Bashaw and Natasha Lawyer and their road to buying a Vintage 1972 Airstream, renovating it and now living in it full-time. You can find out more by following them on Instagram @tincanhomestead or check out Natasha's amazing artwork at

Tin Can Homestead - by Natasha Lawyer
Our journey in alternative living started with our mutual desire to see the country. Last year my husband Brett and I bought a 1978 Volkswagen van, converted it into a camper, put everything we owned in storage, handed back the keys to our apartment and traveled the United Stated for six months living inside it (Instagram - @wesvanderson).

We travelled across Canada from West to East, ending in Newfoundland and then headed South entering back into the United States in Maine and continuing our journey through the States. We loved the alternative way of living and as our trip started winding down we began talking about how we could live differently when we returned home. After such a transformational trip we didn't want to simply return to regular life as it was before, as though our amazing journey never happened.

We got the idea of renovating an Airstream to live in from a few nomadic friends we met through Instagram and started planning for it during the tail-end of our van trip. Eventually we sold our van & accompanying Instagram account, bought a tow vehicle for our pending airstream purchase(& a puppy) with the proceeds and headed back to Seattle. We purchased a gutted airstream in Portland on the way home & started work on it in February of this year.

We bought our 1972 31 foot Airstream Sovereign gutted and started the process of completely rebuilding it. We scrubbed it down, primed painted and started installing the floors. I worked as a display designer for Anthropologie for two years (which involved a lot of design, building and creative problem solving) and also had a history in electrical work and building. We had my Dad come help put up walls, wire, and guide us in the plumbing of the airstream and then we started on cabinets.

When we moved in here we had no running water but after living in a van for six months it just felt like so much space for us! Since February we've gradually put up walls, built a closet, got the water running, installed a toilet and sink, built cabinetry, a daybed, added shelving, tiled a backsplash, whitewashed walls, installed fixtures, and have continued to add to our home by planting a container garden and building a patio outside.

We love that we are able to live tiny in our 200sq foot airstream in a city where rent is through the roof & we feel so lucky to be able to invest our money into something we own. I am an artist/illustrator so I work from home half the time with two tiny dogs at my feet. Brett works with special needs kids with Seattle schools and goes to university full-time.

Thank you to Brett and Natasha for sharing their amazing story and beautiful renovation. Again, find out more by following @tincanhomestead on Instagram or check out Natasha's amazing artwork at

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