Modern Tiny Houses > Buses and “Skoolies”

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.

hank bus tiny house conversion floor plan
tiny house bus tour

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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.

tiny house bus

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.”

tiny house home bus conversion coors

“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.”

hank bus toilet porn

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Expedition Happiness

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).

Bus conversion to Tiny House

Bus conversion to Tiny House

Bus conversion to Tiny House

Bus conversion to Tiny House

Bus conversion to Tiny House

Bus conversion to Tiny House

Bus conversion to Tiny House

Bus conversion to Tiny House

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.

tiny home bus converted majestic

majestic tiny house bus

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.”

how to convert a bus to a house

“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.”

tiny house conversion from bus

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.

city bus tiny home conversion

city bus tiny house

city bus tiny house conversion into home

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.

toilet over rear wheel city bus tiny house

Photography and styling by Lior Danzig
Photography and styling by Lior Danzig

Stay tuned!

A house with wheels can be a beautiful thing in uncertain times. Be sure to check in now and again for more tiny house / survivalist / nomad inspiration.

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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?

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      1. I completely agree with you about being able to move it, that’s one reason I love it –that and it teaches inhabitants how little they truly need. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, Barb!

    1. Well so do I; I think what you’re doing is great Nathalie –you’re giving people a shot to try the lifestyle on for size before they make the leap. You can’t put a price on that.

  1. Great blog so far (have only just read about and looked at the busses) did a 2 part schoolie conversion years ago, and am getting ready to do another soon. Im trolling websites and blogs like yours for inspiration. Thanks for doing it and am looking forward to reading more of your blog. …Thanks again, Dean.

    1. Nice! Thanks Dean, I appreciate the feedback very much. If you have a link to your conversion, feel free to share –and best of luck with your next project!

  2. I have been researching tiny houses and admiring them for several years. I have convinced my wife we need to downsize, She mentioned the bus / camper idea and these are some of the best I have seen so far. I especially like the arched roof. Did you steam the plywood panals to take on that shape? I’m not familiar with compressed plywood. thanks

    1. Thanks Kevin. Sadly I didn’t convert this bus, but I link to Hank (I believe, I am replying on my phone) but if not, search for “Hank Bought a Bus”. I imagine he’s willing to help others –the community is pretty great!

    1. Nice! That’s what I am going for. Such a good movement –If only for the minimalist lifestyle. Really happy you dig this!

  3. I want one! You are amazing and so are you buses! I hope you don’t throw this away as you are too talented. Best of the best to you Mike… If you ever need a tester.. please call me!!

    1. lol Thanks so much –and I will certainly keep you in mind, I always welcome the company 😀

      As for this ol’ Hobo website, I think I will keep it going, however I’d like to have some help. I’m going to turn it into a travel guest blog site when I can get around to it. The more the merrier.

  4. Absolutely stunning! If I would just be more talented in constructing something like this I would definitely be on the road with a reconstructed bus by now. Nevertheless, very inspirational!

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