Progress is Being Made… Abby Dougherty MAAT Design Firm

Hello yet again Project Ventura-ers! It’s me Abby Dougherty from MAAT Design Firm here to talk to you about the progress we have made on our projects. Since I last wrote, we have made design boards, and begun the actual construction of the inside of the Airstream! Every Saturday we have sessions of people who go to work on the Airstream pretty much all morning. Each person is required to go at least once, and help out with the building and completion of our final product.

This past weekend a few other girls, Ms. Jo, and myself all came to school to work on the Airstream. Jessica and I were in charge of re-screening all of the window frames, and Alex and Ally were in charge of working on the bookshelf. Jessica and I went into the Airstream in attempt to unscrew the frames from the walls, but this proved to be very difficult. It turns out that sometimes, screws that have been in place for 30 years don’t really want to move. Once we were able to get a few frames off, we started placing in the screens. This job, while relatively strenuous, ended up being really fun. While Jessica and I worked on re-screening all of the available frames, Alex and Ally were hard at work cutting wood for the bookshelf, and drilling pocket holes. Unfortunately, there were quite a few hiccups along the way, but we ended up with a successful and functioning bookshelf! Now we have 1 of 6 or 7 pieces of furniture built and ready for the Airstream!

All of the girls on Saturday hiding out from Ms. Jo.

This past week, each team was in charge of creating a design or inspiration board. These new design boards were created so that each team can create a theme for the decoration of the interior. After each board is finished, the teachers will vote on their favorite design. My team’s theme was “Contemporary Lighthouse.” This theme stemmed from the idea of beach houses and how clean and comfortable they always looked. The color scheme we chose was blue tones, as well as white tones for the walls. Our main idea for the over-all design was to have white or light blue walls, with navy and blue accenting on the fabrics and the pillows. I personally really enjoyed creating these design boards because after all of the hard work we have put into this project, it was nice to be able to do something a bit more fun and creative.

Alex and I getting fabric for our Design Boards.

Alex and I getting fabric for our Design Boards.

Lastly, this week is the week that Matt and Mariah have come down to visit and help us with our project. Matt and Mariah are these two people who have renovated their own travel trailer. Basically, they are the people who know what they’re doing and how to help steer us in the right direction. It was awesome being able to hear from them today, and listen to what they had to say about not only our project, but about trailers in general.

Matt and Mariah were kind enough to show us their tiny house on wheels today!

Matt and Mariah were kind enough to show us their tiny house on wheels today!

Things are looking bright here in Ventura-land. I am genuinely excited to see this final product. The end finally seems to be near, and it is a bittersweet feeling, but there is no time to be sentimental. For there is still so much to do!

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