by Kelly Ross and Christopher Childs
It’s been about 8 months since we moved into our 1991 Ford Thomas school bus conversion and life is just great. We started the build hoping to find a way to save some money and along the way discovered that our new home provides us with not only financial stability but also great satisfaction and happiness.
I’m sure it was quite confusing when our friends and family first heard we were moving into a school bus. Let’s face it, we all see the big yellow beasts rumbling down the road every day, yet most people don’t think twice about them. Once you live in a bus you see them everywhere you go. You also learn to easily decipher between them because all school buses are not the same, in fact there’s a huge variety of size, body type, engines, and overall design.
Laying down the flooring.
It took 6 months of building to make our bus livable. It has all of the comforts of a home that we require to be happy including a 10 cubic foot fridge, ductless mini-split air conditioner, composting toilet, queen size bed, and “walk-in” closet. It’s also able to run off-grid, and has two 8D batteries, an inverter, and a 72 gallon water tank with a pump. Eventually we hope to add solar panels to the roof. With 200 square feet of living space, the bus feels quite roomy and it comfortably fits our two dogs and us.
The finished interior. More photos of the bus were featured on Tiny House Swoon here.
The kitchen and bathing area.
We’re still pretty young and have no idea what we will be doing or where we will be in 5 or 10 years. Paying rent felt like a waste of money and buying a home was a financial and time commitment we couldn’t afford. Our bus gives us a leg up on saving for the future and paying off our considerably large school debt. It’s also a place that was designed and built exactly the way we wanted (just right, if you will), something most people can’t say about their homes. Building and living in a tiny home is an experience and an adventure and something that will make us think twice about what we truly need to be happy for the rest of our lives.