The Floor Goes Down
With special help from the team at Lawton Floor Design in Brattleboro VT, we were able to get a durable and attractive vinyl floor for our Airstream's interior. They made the experience enjoyable and seamless, getting the product to us quickly so we could make our tight deadline. We will definitely be back for future projects!
The floor of this trailer shows how you can take certain design liberties when doing restorations. There are many pleasing qualities about the different eras and their fads, but then there are some flops. In such a small space, classic 50's checkerboard or avocado green tiles wouldn't bode well spanning the interior. Instead, we opted for a more traditional style that would highlight all other elements from the earlier time period. It's about mixing old with new and finding the right design balance. This can be applied to your own interior projects no matter their location. Taking visual breaks from busy or eye-catching elements with neutral fillers helps highlight what needs to be highlighted, without overwhelming the space.
DETAILS MAKE THE DESIGN
Eames had it right in saying " The details are not the details. They make the design." The small elements of a project are extremely important, yet often overlooked. If you skimp out on the personal touches, the end product will suffer. But if you take the time and care to finish off each stage cleanly or creatively, the project will benefit as a whole. The interior floor we laid is a good example of this ideology. We began by pulling out the furnishings we could with the time constraints we had. Although we would prefer to clear the trailer completely before installing a floor, time and budget don't always allow for that. When that happens to you, roll with it! Setbacks create new opportunities.
We used a lightweight vinyl option that was amazingly easy to cut and came in 3" thick strips. This made it a breeze to fit the flooring around complex corners, curved walls, and to slide under currently immovable objects. Taking extra time to measure around objects in order to keep the offset pattern consistent are one of those small details that goes a long way. Another example is the framed step leading into the trailer. With this simple mitered element the entryway is now brought to the next level. These components may seem small or insignificant, and may even be unseen by some, but if they were missing or wrong their absence would be glaringly obvious.