© Cory Marie Podielski Sparrow Kettner, 36, and her husband Keith Smith, 29, converted an old, yellow school bus into their future home. They are traveling musicians in a band called The Resonant Rogues.
Sales of the used, bright yellow vehicles, called “skoolies” by their owners, have risen in some markets during the recession as more Americans shift toward a nontraditional, more affordable and socially distanced way to live.
Source: Americans are converting more used school buses into tiny homes during the pandemic
Repurposed pallet wood is used on the walls, and heat is provided by a wood stove.
Source: Old School Bus Gets New Life As Cozy RV With Room To Spare
Charlie Kern, co-owner of Chrome Yellow, converts old school buses into homes on wheels on Sept. 3 in Arvada. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
“Honestly, I think part of it is that good-looking people on social media are doing it,” Kern said. “Plus, housing costs are high, especially in Denver and other major cities.”
Source: Forget van life. Coloradans are living in school buses (a.k.a. skoolies)
The living space inside the renovated school bus. (Jessica Picard photo)
“We are now working with a Portland-based company, converting small storage containers into different types of uses, from mobile workstations to event kiosks (or) sales booths. We are doing one for a mobile trade show booth and another for a mobile coffee shop,” Tatro said.
The exterior of the bus. (Photo courtesy Mike Tatro)
Source: Gamage Shipyard Transforms School Bus Into Luxury Home, Showroom – The Lincoln County News
Tiny House Tours/Video screen capture
The family’s curtains are hung up using magnets. As Shelby emphasizes, the bus’ metal walls makes it perfect for putting all kinds of things up using magnets (spice containers, LED lights, etc.).
Source: Artistic family travels in beautiful short school bus conversion, selling art (Video) | TreeHugger
After months of hard work, the family managed to convert the old bus into a comfy 250 square feet of living space by using several space-efficient tactics.
Source: This amazing renovated school bus is a bright, airy home for a family of six | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
The stained wood-paneling was Amber Macintosh’s idea, and she did sanding and staining for the fit-out.
It took another five years, a post-traumatic stress breakdown for Cleverley and post-natal depression for Macintosh, before they acted on their mid-quake epiphany. Cleverley spent 2016 converting an old school bus bought on Trade Me and the pair, along with their children, Jake, 6, and Daisy, 4, swapped corporate office jobs for life on the road.
Source: Quake survivors ditch the high-life for the ‘bus life’ | Stuff.co.nz
They sold their house and converted the school bus into a permanent home on wheels with a standing workspace, kitchen, king-sized bed, bathroom with a composting toilet and lots of storage space.
Arkansas natives Zack and Annie (and dog Lola) are the latest digital nomads to reject the grind of 9-5 life. The couple recently converted a former school bus into an ultra-modern solar-powered mobile home on wheels, and now they’re living the dream.
Source: Couple powers newly converted home on wheels with bus-length solar roof | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
The Neverwas Haul was built over six months in 2006 and is made almost entirely of recycled materials.
via Roaming Homes: 15 DIY RVs, Converted Buses & Tiny Houses | Urbanist.
The wood paneling inside was reclaimed from a demolition at director George Lucas’ house, acquired at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
via Rolling Home: 1948 Bus Remodeled into Handcrafted Abode | Designs & Ideas on Dornob.
Log Cabin vehicle conversions are a thing.
I did not know.
Phyllis Schell saw this log cabin bus conversion parked on a street somewhere and thought it was worth sharing. I do too.
via More Oddball RVs » Gypsy Journal RV Travel Newspaper.
The Big Green Bus was originally part of the west midlands metro transit system and purchased by its new owner (and renovator) Adam Collier-Woods for approximately $7,500 at auction on eBay.
via Mobile Hotel: Converted Double-Decker Bus B&B Still Drives | Urbanist.
Here at the RA we have a special place in our hearts for classic vehicle reuse. This project by Winkelman Architecture is awesome!
Comprehensive restoration of a 1959 Chevrolet Viking short bus. Designed to safely travel 12 passengers and driver on the road, it converts to guest quarters for two as two single beds or joined in the center as a queen. Complete with plumbing (toilet and sink) and power (120v and 12v)
via Winkelman Architecture | Portfolio | Maine Residential Architects specializing in custom homes, camps, cabins, cottages, boathouses.
WebUrbanist has a nice breakdown of bus conversions.
Dusty, run-down clunkers of school buses and city buses may not look like much at first, but creative DIYers transform them into comfortable living spaces complete with wood floors, transforming furniture, wood stoves and full bathrooms with hot showers.
via School’s Out Forever: 12 Crazy DIY Converted Bus Homes | Urbanist.
Whoa, more bus conversions – this one from TreeHugger is quite chic!
© Lior Danzig
Adapting their design ideas to fit around the existing windows, doors and the large, interior wheel arches, the team was able to preserve the bus’ unique character, while also integrating a bathroom, rear bedroom, storage throughout, a full kitchen and even hot-weather luxuries like air-conditioning.
via Scrapped public transport bus converted into chic living space : TreeHugger.