For most, much of the fun of tiny houses lay in daydreams and hours of internet searches —and that’s ok. It’s not cheating on your family home if it’s still where you rest your head, right?
This next installment of my tiny house exploration is all about skoolie buses. What’s your favourite? Let us know in the comments!
Buses Converted into “Skoolie” Tiny Houses
Hank Bought A Bus
He certainly did. And what he did with his bus is pretty unique.
Instead of a fixed setup, Hank decided to go completely modular for his furnishings and “rooms”.
Skoolie construction requires a much greater level of precision than other converted tiny house buses because all of its parts need to be moved around like a sliding block puzzle.
The ceiling is covered in plywood flexed by compression, and the floor is reclaimed gym flooring, complete with 3-point line. Other buses seem to use paint, 1 x 4, or 2 x 4 timber to cope with the arch of the ceiling, so the plywood roof is a good switch and it’s probably substantially lighter.
From Hank’s website:
“Many bus conversions cover a majority of the windows to aid in privacy and insulation. This results in a dramatic reduction in natural lighting and obscures the fantastic panoramic views, not to mention compromising the embedded energy of the windows already in place.”
“In order to mitigate issues of privacy and insulation, drop-down translucent insulation panels were built into the lower walls, and can be raised into place with the aid of magnets. Additionally, two skylights are placed where emergency hatches once sat, bringing a fantastic amount of light into the space.”
A little less utilitarian, this tiny house bus conversion has all of the comforts of a country house on wheels. You can follow along with Selima Taibi, Felix Starck, and their dog Rudi over at their website (which currently forwards to a Facebook page at the time of writing).
The Majestic Bus
This tiny house skoolie conversion really stands apart from the previous project. Its ability to create sense of simplicity and “homefulness” through the use of reused vintage materials from a bye-gone era is impressive. Even the vehicle itself is impressive, although I wonder if it starts.
From the Majestic Bus website:
“The bus has a beautiful wooden floor, painted pine boarding and a well thought-out dining/kitchen area with hand-built units, oak worktops, a gas cooker and a fridge. At the back is a cosy double bed and a wood-burning stove placed on an old flagstone. An L-shaped sofa seat folds into a further double bed. Solar panels on the roof power the lights and a socket to charge phones, laptops etc.”
“A few metres away lies a purpose built wooden bath house (not shown here), containing a flush toilet and a luxurious roll-top bath with shower above. A second wood-burner is installed for those chillier nights and the room comes complete with tea-light candles for the ultimate romantic bath experience.”
You can even rent the Majestic Bus, located on the edge of the Radnorshire Hills 5.5 miles away from the famous book town of Hay-on-Wye in the UK, for £100 per night, with a minimum two night stay.
The City Bus
So if you still don’t think living in a bus can be all that glamorous, this tiny house city bus conversion will make you think twice —and it isn’t a celebrity tour bus. Check out this bus converted into a tiny home by two business men and a little help from a design company.
From the Hebrew website we found this on, this bus is/was owned by Hagit Morevski and Paul Talley, who were looking to sell it for around 300,000 NIS, which works out to about $93,000 Canadian dollars. Not exactly your typical tiny house pricing, but not exactly your average tiny house, either.
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If you’re considering a tiny house, or you already own one (and have a website on the subject) —I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Anything to add?