A 100-Square-Foot Mini School Bus Is a Surprisingly Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels
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According to Cat and her boyfriend Aaron, this 22-foot-long bus was all yellow on the outside, had all the seats inside, and even still had its wheelchair lift when they bought if off of Craigslist for about $6000. It would need a lot of work to become their home on wheels, but the couple was up for the challenge.
“We gutted it, built in a queen-size bed platform with garage space underneath, a bathroom with a composting toilet, an outdoor shower, a kitchen area with running water, and a refrigerator that’s powered by our solar panels, a storage pantry, and a large couch,” describes Cat in an article she wrote for Trail and Summit.
Along with all of the interior work of converting the bus into a home, Cat and Aaron also added solar panels to the roof and created a rooftop deck. And the whole exterior got a sage green paint job. After all of that DIY work and money spent (“The cost of the conversion was about $7,000, bringing our total investment to $13,000”), Stu the Bus was born! And Aaron and Cat have been living full time in him since April of 2018.
Describe your home’s decor style in 5 words: Nautical, functional, easy to clean
What’s your favorite thing about your home? We built it with our own hands, and it moves!
What’s your least favorite thing about your home?: No ice cubes or AC
What’s your best small space trick? Build in storage everywhere so everything has a place of its own. This helps eliminate clutter and makes the space feel bigger!
*A previous version of this piece claimed the couple shared their bus with a pup, but that’s unfortunately not the case. Apologies for the mistake (is mercury still in retrograde?)