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1978 Trade Wind 25′ – Visionary – SOLD

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About This Project

HofArc’s Premiere Airstream – Visionary  1978 Trade Wind 25′


History: Matthew Hofmann’s first Airstream, Visionary, was purchased in April of 2010. At the time, Hofmann said, “It was renovated in the spirit of small space, low-cost, sustainable and efficient living, starting with recycled waste, reused and locally-produced materials installed by local artisans.”

This unit has been featured in over 100 Press Publications including:

Apartment Therapy’s House Tour All-Stars

& Architectural Digest 

and so many more…


For that year, Visionary was Hofmann’s home. In September of 2011, Hofmann’s first Airstream was purchased by a former pro football player to travel the USA. For five years, this 25-foot Airstream has been memorialized as the front door to the Great Outdoors. A few years later, the Airstream was purchased by a Santa Barbara resident who used it primarily as a nightly rental property.


Today, Visionary continues to be the flagship example by which all other Airstream renovations are measured. Custom renovation clients continue to point to Visionary’s signature sea blue tiles, bamboo flooring and countertops, and efficient cabinetry.


This Airstream also has the distinction of being the first of hundreds of HofArc renovations that have followed.  Visionary is the unit that started Hofmann Architecture.


Vessel: 1978 Trade Wind 25′


Location: Santa Barbara, CA


Purpose: What started out as “just a hobby,” has burgeoned into a booming business that creates highly-efficient, elegant mobile living and working spaces. Hofmann’s first Airstream is a clearly a work of art that emits cool tones, is ultra eco-friendly, tech wise, and crammed with creative details.


Design Highlights: The interior features bamboo countertops, table, and floors; recycled glass tile in the bathroom; durable fabrics; low-VOC paints and stains; with a unmistakably HofArc contemporary design and clean lines.


Other amenities include:



  • Sherwin Williams Harmony Semi-Gloss:  Durable, zero-VOC, low-odor interior paint
  • Exterior paint stripper RemovAll 220 – Non Toxic, environmentally friendly



  • Natural Strand Bamboo Flooring.  Regionally supplied material through Cali Bamboo (Harder than Oak)
  • Magritte print (Welcome!)
  • Original electrical switches.  Reconditioned.



  • “Cali Bamboo” Natural Strand Bamboo flooring.
  • Hafele undercounter 12volt RV app. Halogen puck lights – chrome
  • Reface depot – RTF aluminum faced cabinet doors.
  • ArchiTech in-wall speakers.
  • Overhead cabinetry removed, redesigned, and re-installed to simplify (clean lines.)



  • Cali Bamboo Natural Strand Bamboo Dining table.  Table legs saved and reused form prior design.
  • Dinette refinished and painted – Old dining table material removed was reconditioned and used as shelving for cabinets.
  • Cushions from “Cushions Express” – Sunbrella indoor-outdoor fabric.
  • Dinette convertible to “media lounge.”  



  • Moen stainless stell sink –
  • Atwood Wedgewood 3 burner propane stainless gas cooktop
  • GE Smartwater multi-stage reverse osmosis filter system.
  • Euro Modern Contemporary 23″ Pull Out Spray Kitchen Sink Faucet Chrome
  • Hafele MOOVIT Drawer Box System
  • Hafele Double Cutlery Tray integrated drawer inserts
  • HotGlass – Classic CartGlass Blended 3/4″ Glass Ice Blue Blend
  • Norcold refrigerator
  • Cali Bamboo Natural Strand Bamboo 1-1/2” plywood countertops.
  • Hafele undercounter 12volt RV Halogen puck lights – chrome



  • Custom built convertible bed.  Locally supplied materials used.  Cushions from Cushions Express – Sunbrella indoor-outdoor fabric.
  • Hafele MOOVIT Drawer Box System
  • ArchiTech in-wall speakers.



  • Grohe Euphoria chrome shower wand fixture – integrated low flow water control valve
  • Kraus Above the Counter 14 inch Clear Glass Vessel Sink and Ramus Faucet
  • Grohe Essentials Accessory Kit – Towel bars, TP holder, etc…
  • Danze Parma – Shower Single Handle Trim Kit Chrome
  • HotGlass – Classic CartGlass Blended 3/4″ Glass Ice Blue Blend
  • Custom built Redwood shower pan
  • Cali Bamboo Natural Strand Bamboo 1-1/2” plywood countertops.
  • Custom built bathroom fixture with a 60 SMD Ultra Bright S25 LED Light – Two stage brightness, Ultra low voltage, virtually no operating heat
  • Dometic Sealand Traveler Lite real China toilet.
  • Pillar Contemporary Recessed Medicine Cabinet



  • Reconditioned window trim – paint removed, sanded and refinished.
  • Demo’d interior walls, cabinetry, and hardware stored on site and reused wherever possible.  Ex: old table used for cabinet shelving.  
  • Old appliances / fixtures were sold or donated to extend their useful lifespan (divert from landfill)
Adventure, Guesthouse, Mobile, Office, Recreational, Sold
  • Susan
    Posted at 12:41h, 01 August Reply

    This is my dream Airstream, and what got me hooked on getting a vintage restored Airstream – the only item left on my bucket list.

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