When must of us see trash, we just see simply that: trash. It’s of no use to us and we’re ready to buy something new. But most of us don’t have the imaginations of people like retired couple Mary and Gerhard Ringel.

The twosome found a beat-up streetcar for sale and envisioned a project that most of us would never imagine undertaking. What everyone else saw as a pile of junk, Mary and Gerhard found purpose in restoring. They rolled up their sleeves, primed their imaginations, and got to work. The end result is like nothing you’ve ever seen!

When retired couple Mary and Gerhard Ringel first bought this old streetcar, it was a rundown mess!


With a lot of love, patience, and imagination they turned it into the home of their dreams.


The stained glass windows are backed by homemade fixtures that mimic the feel of the natural light of San Jose.3-streetcar-house

The bright colors make the entire space seem spacious and open.


This cozy breakfast nook is warm and inviting.


Doesn’t this just make you want to curl up and read all day long?


This chipper and cheerful kitchen is just so inviting.


The bedroom’s color scheme is more restful.


It’s got a very Southwestern feel.


…Despite its original design, it’s got plenty of light!


The master bathroom is like something out of a home decorating magazine.


The fine details on the outside show just how much TLC went into this house’s creation.


I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to set up camp right now! 


Take a closer look inside and hear them tell it in their own words!

If this is what retirement looks like, sign me up!

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