Old School Bus Turned Into A Tiny House

I was recently sent these photos of an old school bus turned in a tiny house on wheels. The bus was completely remodeled and lined with a beautiful wood interior.

It was recently sold to a young couple that has made it their home in the North Cascades.

While it’s doubtful this bus is good on gas, having the ability to move your home where you’d like and travel with it is very appealing.

This little home looks so inviting that I could imagine them living in this converted bus long-term.

Enjoy.

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37 Comments → “Old School Bus Turned Into A Tiny House”


  1. deborah

    Dec 10, 2011

    It certainly would not be difficult to live here full time very comfortably. The many windows really make it look larger than it is. The scenery outside the windows is very beautiful which just adds to it’s attractiveness. ;-)


  2. Joe3

    Dec 10, 2011

    I also like the clean uncluttered openness to this design. I could see myself living in something very similiar.


  3. Chris Marq

    Dec 10, 2011

    Gorgeous craftsmanship! Would love to have a video tour starting with the front all the way to the back.

    Many questions — power supply for lights, water, and pc? Is there a bathroom or toilette?
    Two platforms on top — one for garage and storage totes(?) and one for(?)
    Is the futon for sleep and relaxation? Are you happy with your choice?

    Also — with the all-wood interior the wood clothes hangars make sense. Another option would be sanded jig-saw cutouts of hangars in 1/4″ baltic birch. Would cost about the same but save 1/2 the hanging space. (You see them in motels but they have a hole for the rod to pass through rather than a hangar top that might go home with you, and department stores use them in plastic and/or wood for display.)

    Thanks for sharing !!


    • Johnnomads

      Dec 11, 2011

      When you live in a mobile fashon, you become responsiple for your own power generation, wither solar or generator, or even none at all, you are only limited by your imagination and pocketbook.


  4. Marit

    Dec 10, 2011

    This is a perfect cottage!
    But how is i buildt? What about condensation?
    And what about when the bus is mooving and all the loose parts? Are ther designs for safety?
    And how easey is it to make the oven safe, in thoughts of possible accidents?
    I really would like to know :-)
    M


  5. Margaret

    Dec 10, 2011

    They will never be short on light, that’s for sure. The inside looks great.


  6. pia louise

    Dec 10, 2011

    i am interested in doing something like this – would you have any info? thx


  7. Sarah

    Dec 10, 2011

    I want to live in it!

  8. I love buses, and this one is just gorgeous!


  9. rutaazul

    Dec 10, 2011

    great for a downsizing couple


  10. Emily

    Dec 10, 2011

    Love the woodstove! And the look is so clean and spacious. Its beautiful inside.


  11. Geri Greene

    Dec 10, 2011

    Wouldn’t it be a hoot to add wood side panels making it an officlal “woodie” !! Woo Hoo – nice interior conversion. The world needs to think more creatively in today’s life and times. It could easily be a new industry in this economy. In some areas, I imagine it already is.


  12. Kevin Sarasom

    Dec 10, 2011

    You can bet that I’ll be doing this exact same thing, with my own spin on it. Fireplace is a GREAT idea :) I don’t see any downside to this!


  13. Martha Huber

    Dec 10, 2011

    I knew a young couple years ago in Winthrop, Wa who taught cross-country skiiing at Sun Mountain Lodge and lived in an old school bus. At the time I heard this story, I imagined nothing like this, but now that I see it… wow. Their biggest challenge was whether they could raise kids in it. I wonder if this is the same bus. Wish I’d asked more questions then…I could live here in a heartbeat with my two kids and be very happy.


  14. arlos

    Dec 10, 2011

    You really can’t go wrong with a school bus conversion!


  15. Nicole

    Dec 10, 2011

    My parents live full time in a fifth wheeler that they potter around the country in. They LOVE it. Eventually they’ll ‘settle down’ again, but for the mean time seem to find the nomad life lotsa fun : )


  16. Kera

    Dec 11, 2011

    Oh my goodness! I love this SO much! The wood interior makes it! You did such a good job making it look open and uncluttered. A work of art! Darn near anyone could live in that in comfort. Nice job!


  17. mtnme

    Dec 11, 2011

    This is so nice, and once again, it seems more spacious than a school bus actually is. Love all the windows, wood burning stove is a must.
    But that get’s me thinking. Wouldn’t it be great to get a hold of one of those Brit double decker buses and do this?


  18. Kevin

    Dec 11, 2011

    Bathroom? Is there a bathroom and shower somewhere?


  19. Morgan

    Dec 11, 2011

    A great resource for school bus conversions is http://www.skoolie.net. Check out the gallery for some good times!


  20. Steve

    Dec 11, 2011

    I’ve remodeled a bus and lived in one for two years. There are some drawbacks. The one above was done by a real craftsman. I have to acknowledge his taste and talent. However, the cost of driving one around is now prohibitive. I think you’re better off spending the money on a small cabin. The bus is a good idea for temp housing but this bus has a lot of time, energy and money in it better spent on a cabin in the woods. The low ceilings in a bus, after a while, drove me batty. I’ve lived in both, a bus and a 12′ X 16′ small cabin. The cabin had 10 foot ceilings and didn’t feel confining. Don’t get me wrong here, the bus is beautiful but for the long run, they are confining.


    • Jo

      Jan 14, 2012

      I agree the money would be better spent on a cabin.


  21. swordpoint9

    Dec 11, 2011

    Gave me a great Idea! Thanks , finally a way to get off the Grid !


  22. Dan Dietz

    Dec 11, 2011

    I’ve been living in my old school bus for 15 years, I highly recommend it.


  23. Gerard Miners

    Dec 12, 2011

    I love it. My partner and I live in an old converted bus which we call “POSSIBILITES” in Australia. We are heading to America shortly and I thought how cool it would be to bring an old school bus back and convert it.


  24. Heather

    Dec 17, 2011

    With a conversion to running the bus itself on vegetable oil such as is disposed of from restaurants in high quantities they could easily fix the gas problem :) I love bus conversions!

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  27. Mem

    Jan 03, 2012

    That is awesome. Takes me back to better times. When I was growing up my Dad and my Grandpa both bought an old school bus and turned them into a motor home. They were both really nice as my Dad was a welder and machinist and my grandpa was a mechanic and a carpenter. They helped each other and when both buses were through we all took off to Canada for a month. We had the best time of my life. My Dad was smart, he bought a smaller one and my grand parents bought the big one so Mom and Dad of course had to put us kids in with the Grand parents who had all the built in bunk beds for grand kids. I wish I still had both of those buses. I would certainly live in either one!


  28. Deborah Seeley

    Feb 11, 2012

    Try Skoolie.net for a forum on school bus conversions!


  29. jane

    Feb 21, 2012

    Love The Bus! I want one. How perfect.


  30. wooden coat hangers

    Mar 26, 2012

    They will never be short on light, that’s for sure. The inside looks great.


  31. Ellen Kase

    Apr 17, 2012

    Loved your conversion. Very nice!
    We have been living in a school bus conversion for over a year while building a little house. We plan to turn it into a “guest suite” later, and side most of the exterior with cedar to give it a “gypsy caravan” look and blend in to the woodsy landscape better.
    Thanks for sharing yours!

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