Last month, I began work again in earnest. Winter was over, the temperature was warm and my deadline was looming. First, I finished framing the kitchen and bath cupboards. I must not have stopped to take many pictures.
Next, I put in the bulkhead walls for the bathroom. One side of the bath has a tub and will eventually have a shower. I took extra effort to caulk every inch of this side with bathtub caulk. I also used a shower board on the backside of the wall. Hopefully, this will keep water where it is supposed to be.
For privacy, I installed a pocket door. I think most Airstreams of this era just had a curtain, but if I have to have a toilet, I want a door. It slides well and fits nicely, but not perfectly. I'll tweak it next summer - it needs a stop behind it so that it does not go so far into the pocket. But that is minor. Also, I painted the door before installing to make it easier on me. You can see the beginnings of the style we chose. Rough wood and clean white.
Along the way, I started the bunk beds. I messed around with the height of the beds some. My main problem is that if the top bunk is above the window, there is too little headroom. If it is below the window, the bottom bunk is squished. I decided to cut the window in half, though I don't love the result. But both kids will get some view, which is a plus.
(If you click on any of the pictures, they will pop up bigger to see details.)
Another challenge was how to brace the bed across the window. I put a brace running the length of the top bunk about 2/3 deep. My hope was to not need a vertical brace in the window. It still was not enough and I ended up with one brace in the window. Other than that, I am happy with the result.
One other thing that I did at this time, but for which I don't have good pictures, is caulking small rivet holes all over the interior skins. It was a small task, but it had a huge result. The interior walls look much cleaner.
May ended with bulkhead walls mostly installed (the last one was still somewhat loose) and a real sense of what the interior would end up looking like.
I can't wait to show you the paint, cupboard doors, and countertop! June has been a transformation. It better be because we're leaving soon!
I'm not an Airstream Jedi, yet. Airstream Jedi would have sounded presumptuous, like I know what I'm doing. That couldn't be further from the truth. Padawan is a title I can hope to live up to.
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