Many people grew up riding the big yellow bus to school, but not many people went on to purchase one of those buses and convert that bus into a tiny home.
But that’s exactly what two women did, and they documented the whole process on their blog Tiny Home Bus Conversion Blog.
Together they purchased a 2000 International Diesel, 60-passenger school bus with about 98,000 miles on it at an auction for $2,000 and, with a lot of work, turned it into an amazing 220-square-foot living space.
They chose a bus because it cost less than a trailer bed and it already had an engine, and they could use it as an RV when they no longer wanted to live in it.
Of course, you can’t really have a “home” if it’s filled with musty bus seats, so the first task at hand was to take out the seats to increase the square footage of the soon-to-be-home.
The next issue? They would “freeze their butts off in that tin can” without proper insulation, so that was the next thing that they tackled.
They found a spray foam reflective insulation kit on eBay that was used to heat the “tin can” up.
And then water and electricity were installed so they could get on to the fun stuff.
And what did that “fun stuff” entail?
Come along and watch your step as you see just how this bus was transformed.
It’s hard to believe, but this bus has all the same things you would find in an “average” home — including beds, a bathroom, a washer, and a fully functional kitchen…
…and a full size futon, a “statement piece” lamp, and artwork hung on the walls.
They found the stove on Craigslist and had it installed by “some strong men” who could lift it onto the back of the bus and slide it through the door that was made in the wall just for that purpose.
A pull-out table was made sturdy by adding a pull-down leg that locks into place when not in use and can be tucked away to provide more open space.
The table and the entertainment center are also made of salvaged wood that they pieced together.
The washer/dryer is vented on the outside of the bus, and there is an access to the water supply to the left.
The closet doors slide open and shut in both directions, and there is extra storage space above with latched doors.
Under the bed are several baskets to store things in, and there is also an LED reading light and a heater/air conditioner to keep things either warm or cool.
Here’s the view from the bathroom, which is surprisingly large given the space they had to work with. This door has magnets to lock it in place both ways so you can either have just the toilet or the entire bathroom to yourself, a shelf above the back door, and a row of LED lights on the ceiling.
The shower is big enough to stand in comfortably and has fashionable vinyl walls.
They have a compost toilet which is necessary until they get to a permanent location with sewer access.
The vanity, sink, and counter were all found secondhand or donated, and a small water heater fits perfectly underneath.
Those reflective inserts throughout will be used in the heat of the summer to keep the sun out — and keep even the furry friends nice and cool.
As for a name, they went with “Friluftsliv,” which is a Norwegian word that loosely translated means “open air life” and offers the possibility of recreation, rejuvenation, and restoring balance among living things.
They said they still have to paint the outside and do a few more things to make it road ready, and when they do, party time!
Be sure to follow their next adventures on their blog.
This article was originally written by Abby Hegel at Twenty Two Words.