Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Man Finds Clarity (and a Home) in Airstream Renovation

Few things initiate personal transformation like a good old fashion emotional crisis. And if we are to look at the experience of Jordan Menzel, there are few better vehicles for delivering that transformation than 1976 Airstream Ambassadors. When Menzel found himself in a place of personal turmoil and transition, having lost trust in his ability to bring ideas into reality, it was the 29’ aluminum-hulled trailer that made him regain a sense of self. He had seen his future trailer while biking around his Salt Lake City hometown. He searched Craigslist for all Airstreams and found that the one he had seen was for sale. Short on funds, he was only able to offer $4K–a third the asking price. He got it.

He proceeded to gut the Airstream as nothing had been changed from its 1976 birth. The end product is pretty amazing, with an eclectic yet polished style that belies Menzel’s limited funds.


Menzel told Houzz that the process of renovating it “was a symbolic gesture to myself that I still had the capacity to take on a wild idea and bring it to life.” Menzel now lives in the gorgeous trailer with his two year old daughter. Great tiny home. Great story. See more images and details on Houzz.

  • Chris

    I love how Jordan took an unprepossessing Airstream and turned it into a great home; with a lot of hard work, vision and an eye for a bargain.

    What Jordan and others who’ve taken what, for me, is an extreme approach is that they’ve discovered the things that are truly important to them and have them in their life and only those things and are happy.

    I really admire people who can do that. I know what the truly important things are but I also know that if I reduced my life down to just those things, I wouldn’t be happy. I need truly important plus 20% to be happy.

    That’s what I’m building my life on.