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Over the past few months, we’ve been living at my parents’ while my husband turns our Skoolie (school bus-turned-RV) into a home for our family of six. The process has been slow-going, but in the last few weeks, he’s made a lot of progress and it looks like things will go much faster from here.

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed, shall we?

Also, my friend and I have been dreaming about a piece of property we can share and turn into a sweet little homestead. The dream is to grow our own food, teach others how to do that and live more sustainably and enjoy a simpler life with people we love.

It sounds so good that we’re talking about doing that sooner, rather than later.

Will we still travel in the bus? I’m pretty sure, especially to visit some friends. But we’re on the lookout for land and are working on how we’ll make it all happen. I’ll let you know what we decide.

In the meantime, I know some of you have been following the pictures I post on Facebook and Instagram. So I thought I’d put them all in one place so you can get your bus-remodel fix. 😉


School Bus Tour

So here’s where we started. Almost. I only took a couple of before photos with a very poor-quality cell phone camera. I finally grew a brain and started documenting with a better camera after we had removed almost everything from the bus.

There was a lot of hammering involved. That was the most I’ve participated on this project.

The place brightened up a lot after Ian painted the ceiling white. I attempted to help with this by taping newspaper over the windows. Ian just scraped the paint off them today …

This is our bath tub. Inspired by Adventures of the Yellow School Bus.

I was super excited when the first paneling went up …

And even more excited when it was all done.

And then he started the floor.

Then our bed platform went in.

So cozy.

Next it was bunk bed time.

First one.

Then the other. Four cozy kiddos.

We got foam camping pads, kind of like these, that we cut down to length with a bread knife and covered with twin sheets.

He’ll be adding wall panels on either side of the bunks for privacy and paint the front so they’re white. The kids also want curtains on their bunks so they can have their own private space.

We’ll have a door or curtain separating our bedroom from theirs and the front of the bus from their sleeping space. It’ll be a cozy sleeping cave. With a skylight.

Now he’s working on the bathroom.

And I added some storage bins.

And curtains.

Yay privacy.

So close to done!

We’re moving from the back to the front and are currently sleeping on the bus while we use my parents’ house during the day.

If you’d like to see more pics of the bus, you can check out my Flickr stream. Also, follow me on Instagram for bus updates.


Here’s a video I shot of the current progress. We have a few more things done than a few days ago when I wrote this, so I thought I’d share it here. Enjoy!

(Please forgive the narrow video – I shot this on my phone)