Tiny home and off-grid living are becoming more and more attractive as people become more concerned with preserving the environment and less concerned with participating in the rat race that fuels consumerism.
That’s why Luke and Rachel decided to renovate a school into a travel-ready home fit for the couple and their 2-year-old daughter.
It took them about a year to completely renovate the bus and turn it into a liveable space.
Luke had done some trade work in fabricating and welding in the past.
However, there was a huge learning curve when it came to doing electrical work, which included the installation of solar panels.
The bus is completely off the grid and gets all of its electricity from the 900-watt solar panels on the top of the bus that power about four batteries.
They love to travel with their home but when they arrive in a city where driving a giant school bus can be a bit much, they switch over to the bikes which are conveniently stored on the outside of the bus.
The interior of the bus home is actually pretty large and made to feel a lot larger with the arched vaulted ceilings that had to be extended about 20 inches.
“It definitely helps to feel a lot wider than it is by not seeing the ceiling right in your line of vision,” Luke explains.
This decorative architecture on the ceiling actually makes you forget you’re standing inside of a bus.
One thing they didn’t skimp on was the kitchen.
It’s basically full-size and is larger than you’ll see in most apartments.
It has a considerable amount of counter space in heavy wood, a four-burner stove with an oven and exhaust hood, a full-sized sink, and lots of kitchen cabinets.
There’s also a window over the sink to let in the light.
The bus has lots of windows allowing in lots of natural light.
The kitchen is located right when you walk into the bus, behind the driver’s seat.
Next is the living space which has a good-sized couch and a small dining table and a wood fire stove.
The table also folds down and the chairs are stackable for when more living space is needed.
The couch also folds out into a bed and has storage underneath.
Across from the fireplace is the bathroom.
It’s on the smaller size but it has a composting toilet, shower, tub, sink, and mirror.
In the back of the bus has a set of tiny stairs that take you to get to the loft bed where Luke and Rachel sleep.
Underneath their bed is a nook that doubles as a play area and sleeping space.
There’s a mattress that folds down where their child sleeps and can pull up when she wants to play.
There’s a curtain that goes over the nook’s entrance to block out the light when she’s napping.
There’s also a space on the exterior of the bus where Luke keeps his tools to pick up handyman jobs on the road.
Rachel also works remotely for a health and wellness company.
It took a few weeks, but the couple said they have adjusted nicely to living in just 220 square feet of space on a bus which cost them about $30,000 to renovate.
But living this way has allowed them to travel the U.S. and has allowed their daughter to learn about the world in a way that not many have. This family loves living off the grid in their mobile tiny home.
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Source: Living Big In A Tiny House,