This off-grid school bus home has an incredible raised roof

July 17, 2017 by  
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Converting an old school bus into a livable home is no easy task, but with a little ingenuity, amazing spaces can be created. When Luke and Rachel Davis of Midwest Wanderers decided to travel full time with their daughter and dog, they renovated a 240-square-foot school bus into a surprisingly spacious off-grid home that includes a raised roof, solar panels, and a beautiful interior design. After deciding to leave their Chicago home behind and take the leap into nomadic living, the couple purchased an old school bus for $4,000. They gutted the entire structure and began to do the bus renovations themselves using as many repurposed materials as possible. A year and a half later, the couple raised the bus’s roof by 24 inches to add height to the living space. The extra space does wonders for the living area, which is illuminated with an abundance of natural light thanks to the porthole skylights on the raised ceiling. Related: Traveling family renovates old school bus as both solar-powered home and hostel The sophisticated interior design is extremely comfortable for the family of three, plus their dog, Baxter. The living room, kitchen, bathroom, and two bedrooms are all equipped with strategic storage solutions to help reduce clutter. Thanks to the elevated roof, the couple was able to add a sleeping loft on the upper level that is accessible via ladder. A second bedroom for their daughter is located just underneath on the main floor. The living area also has a sleeper sofa with plenty of storage underneath. Adjacent to the sofa is a dining table that can be folded down when not in use. A cast iron pot belly wood stove sits in the corner of the living space, and provides enough heat to warm the interior. In the corner of the living space is a compact bathroom, which was installed with a composting toilet and a RV-style tub shower. As a former baker, Rachel was determined to have a working kitchen with sufficient space. Accordingly, the kitchen was equipped with a large countertop, a four-burner stove, and a refrigerator. The handy duo wanted to make their new home as self-sufficient as possible. They used as many repurposed materials in the conversion process as possible, installing upcycled bamboo flooring, reclaimed barn beam countertops, a reclaimed barn wood accent wall, and a locally-reclaimed walnut table. For energy use, a 900-watt solar array provides all of the family’s energy and their water use is reduced thanks to a composting toilet and a low-flow shower head in the bathroom. You can follow the adventures of the Midwest Wanderers on their blog and Instagram page . + Midwest Wanderers Via Treehugger Photography via Midwest Wanderers

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Burnt wood-clad tiny home manages to pack a ton of luxury into just 240 square feet

September 8, 2016 by  
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New Frontier Tiny Homes is owned and operated by David Latimer, Zac Thomas, and Eddie Latimer, who seek to develop tiny houses on wheels for people to live in a more sensible way. They hope to show people that they can live economically, socially and environmentally-friendly without compromising on aesthetics. Their latest creation, the Alpha Tiny House, combines their expert construction skills with a Japanese technique for keeping fire, bacteria and fungi naturally at bay called Shou Sugi Ban.  This wood burning technique was applied to leftover cedar wood from a barn, while its cozy interiors make for a lovely contrast inside. Related: Towable Riverside tiny house packs every conventional amenity into 246 square feet   The interiors are where this home shines: filled with storage, transformable furniture, vintage and classic design pieces, as well as an eight-person dining table, it is surpisingly large. A hidden  loft bedroom also fits in the space, and a complete kitchen with the latest appliances shows living outdoors doesn’t always mean roughing it. The pop-up home is completed by a Jacuzzi tub, a modern shower, and composting toilet for a touch of modern-rustic. + New Frontier Tiny Homes Via My Modern Met

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Truck Transformed Into Amazing Green Mobile Home

November 28, 2013 by  
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Modern Bufalino Camper is a Miniature Home on Wheels

November 3, 2011 by  
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This brilliant Bufalino Camper is a minature home that’s perfect for the minimalist voyager seeking to lead a contemporary nomadic lifestyle. The compact vehicle is kitted out with all of the essentials a modern camper may need – a bed, a basin, a cooking area, and a laptop desk. German industrial designer Cornelius Comanns wanted to provide a space for people on the move – a flexible ‘home’ to return to (despite the absence of a bathroom!) Read the rest of Modern Bufalino Camper is a Miniature Home on Wheels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bufalino camper , cornelius commans , german design camper , green vehicle design , industrial design , minature camper , piaggio tricycle

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‘This is Not a Trojan Horse’ is a Message Carrier for the Abruzzo Region of Italy

November 3, 2011 by  
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As suspect as this wooden contraption may appear, it’s not full of attack soldiers — but rather it was recently being used as a vehicle for communication. This is Not a Trojan Horse traveled with artist Amy Franceschini and writer Michael Taussig around the Abruzzo region of Italy , serving as a message carrier between the traditional agricultural communities set in the mountainous Italian region. Read the rest of ‘This is Not a Trojan Horse’ is a Message Carrier for the Abruzzo Region of Italy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: center for art and the environment , FutureFarmers , Natalie Jeremejinko , Nevada museum of Art , This is Not a Trojan Horse

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JDS Architects Design a Geometric Green-Roofed Youth Center for Lille, France

November 3, 2011 by  
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