Tiny living is a polarizing topic that promises just as many dreamy pros as damning cons. The thought of a simpler life with no debt is enough to draw many in. Meanwhile, having to methodically choose belongings that truly matter or come to grips with living your days in a space smaller than the average bedroom is enough to turn most away. But there are a lot of people living tiny and they really enjoy it, by living tiny and by converted bus into an amazing home on wheels. Lets look 10 amazing example of amazing converting!
Home sweet bus: Student converts old school bus into versatile mobile home
Don't let the minimalist interior fool you, this is a beautifully design space with a lot of smart storage solutions. Little wonder that is was designed by an architecture student by the name of architecture student Hank Butitta. His take:
In architecture school I was tired of drawing buildings that would never exist, for clients that were imaginary, and with details I didn’t fully understand. I prefer to work with my hands, exploring details thoroughly, and enjoy working/prototyping at full scale. So for my Masters Final Project I decided to buy a school bus and convert it into a tiny living space.
He has since taken the bus on a 5,000 mile tour around the midwestern and coastal United States. See more here: Home sweet bus: Student converts old school bus into versatile mobile home
Husband & wife move from the big city into 'Housebus' they converted themselves
A 30 percent rent increase for their apartment in an up-and-coming Atlanta neighborhood inspired this husband and wife to consider other options. While they considered buying a tiny home, the huge initial cost was prohibitive, and thus, the idea of the "housebus" was borne. The result? "Before the move, we were often too busy hustling to have the lightning "Ah-ha!" moments of thoughtfulness we find ourselves with now. We're at peace here in a way we never were before..." See more here: Husband & wife move from the big city into 'Housebus' they converted themselves
Carpenter lives, works & travels out of this well-crafted bus conversion
Idaho photographer, musician and carpenter Kyle Volkman renovated a 30-foot Blue Bird school bus and now lives in it full-time, affording him the freedom to do the things he enjoys – snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking and carpentry. His conversion – which runs on vegetable oil – is really lovely, with all kinds of custom woodwork he did himself, more of which you can see here: Carpenter lives, works & travels out of this well-crafted bus conversion
Couple travels full-time with off-grid school bus tiny home
How does one go about moving out of the rat race and on to the open road? American couple Justine and Ryan of We Got Schooled explain how they did it:
After years of staying put, working too many hours in stressful jobs, and always feeling like we were missing something, we decided to make changes. We started saving money, bought the bus and converted it, and finally left our nine-to-fives. Our motivations are manifold – ranging from an urge to live more simply, a goal to escape the rat-race, to a deep-rooted desire to get out and see more of this world while we can. We were done dreaming and were ready to take action.
They bought a 1991 International School Bus and turned it into a stunning 200-square-foot home featuring a generously sized sitting area, a nice kitchen, dining and work area, a bathroom, bedroom and plenty of storage. All of which you can see here: Couple travels full-time with off-grid school bus tiny home
Professional bus homebuilder is at home – on a converted bus
Charles Kern converted a bus for a reason many can relate to: He needed cheap digs as a cash-strapped 20-year-old student. He bought a bus he calls The Queen -- a 1982 Bluebird Bus on an International Harvester chassis, and did a beautiful conversion. And not only is it super spacious and delightful, but it can go completely off-grid. Check out Charles' story and his regal Queen, here: Professional bus homebuilder is at home – on a converted bus
Adventure-loving couple travel & work in this beautiful bus conversion
This is the story of a San Francisco couple who gave up their stressful Silicon Valley start-up work to follow their outdoor-enthusiast hearts. They quit their jobs and moved to Boulder, Colorado, launched their own tech consulting company, and then bought and renovated a 2001 GMC Bluebird bus. It's a beautiful conversion, and what an inspiration! See more photos here: Adventure-loving couple travel & work in this beautiful bus conversion
'Big Bertha' is modern school bus conversion that's home to family of 5
Bus life isn't just for adventurous singles or couples with dogs, as this family of five from Washington state proves. The Sullivans purchased a 40-foot-long 1996 Blue Bird bus for $2,800, spent $25,000 renovating it, called it "Big Bertha," and seem to have never been happier. Brian Sullivan, the dad, says the best part has been the freedom:
Freedom with our money, our time and our location. [..] The most important thing in life is people, and spending the most time with our family and children was a huge priority. We were not about to sacrifice our family time to work multiple jobs, paying for a lifestyle we didn't want. [..] Less space, less stuff, less time cleaning, less stress. More time to enjoy life and our children.
See how they all fit (!) here: 'Big Bertha' is modern school bus conversion that's home to family of 5
Traveling family raises the roof on this brilliant off-grid bus conversion
Kimberly, our resident tiny home expert, says that this is "one of the best conversions we've seen thus far, featuring a raised roof and lots of lovely design touches." And it's amazing that this used to be a school bus – and one bought for a mere $4,000, no less. The couple behind this conversion took about a year and a half to do the renovations. Notable is that they raised the roof 24 inches to a total of 12' 9" and created a lovely interior that includes a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and two beds. Seriously, the kitchen looks more workable than many a NYC studio apartment. See it all here: Traveling family raises the roof on this brilliant off-grid bus conversion
Old school bus converted into loft is traveling from Alaska to South America
This creative couple, filmmaker Felix Starck and musician Selima Taibi, plus dog Rudi, bought a 1996 Thomas International school bus for $9,500, turned it into a beautiful loft-style home on wheels, and now plan to travel from Alaska to South America. Sold! See it all here: Old school bus converted into loft is traveling from Alaska to South America
Family converts bus into beautiful cottage on wheels
If somehow a storybook cottage and a school bus fell in love and had a child, it would certainly look just like this! The lucky inhabitants are a young family of three in Key Peninsula, Washington. "With a lot of imagination, design savvy and skillful craftsmanship, they've managed to transform this vehicle into a whimsical, modern cottage on wheels," writes Kimberly. See it all here: Family converts school bus into beautiful cottage on wheels