Georgia couple convert old Blue Bird school bus into a cozy home on wheels

May 10, 2017 by  
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Working under the motto of “Minimal, Mobile, Modern,” Julie and Andrew Puckett shunned their landlord’s attempt at raising their apartment rent and opted to convert a 1990 Blue Bird school bus into a sweet little home on wheels they’ve named House Bus . Currently parked in a green pine forest in Stone Mountain, Georgia, the couple’s beloved bus has all of the comforts of home. Once the couple decided to make the leap into tiny home living , they drove six hours to check out an old bus that was to become their future home. Working within a tight budget and even tighter time frame of just four months, the adventurous duo began to gut the interior. Thankfully, the bus had previously been used as a camper and already had updated plumbing and electric, as well as a basic living layout. Related: Traveling family renovates old school bus as both solar-powered home and hostel To convert the interior into a comfy living space, the couple gave the bus a sophisticated nomadic feel, complete with nautical touches. Of course, along with building out the living and sleeping spaces, the renovation included tons of creative storage solutions and multi-functional elements throughout the home to avoid clutter. Although the couple only had a short four months to restore the bus into their dream home, there were a number of additional challenges along the way, namely downsizing. Julie told Apartment Therapy that the biggest obstacle was “paring down our belongings to just the essentials and our most beloved items. We lived in a 1,000 square foot apartment before, so we had a lot of room to accumulate extraneous stuff. The hard work has been worth it, though. I no longer feel stifled by piles of clutter, and that’s made a tremendous impact on my creative process.” + House Bus Via Apartment Therapy Photography by Selena Kirchhoff and Julie and Andrew Puckett

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These gorgeous glass homes can pop up in 8 hours for under $50k

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Meet ÖÖD , a gorgeous prefab abode that doesn’t compromise privacy for stellar views. Clad in mirrored glass, this sleek tiny home blends into its surroundings and offers all the living essentials built into a compact 18-square-meter footprint. Designed primarily for use as pop-up hotel rooms, the moveable and modular ÖÖD has far-reaching applications and is even under development for off-grid solutions. Designed and manufactured in Estonia, the ÖÖD houses were specifically developed for hotel usage and holiday housing. Its small footprint allows for easy installation anywhere in Estonia without the need for a building permit. Each unit accommodates two to three people and can be slotted seamlessly into urban and rural landscapes. Built primarily from steel, insulated glass , and thermally treated wood, the ÖÖD home features a studio layout with a large custom-made bed, kitchenette, living area, and bathroom. Home automation is built in as is adjustable floor heating and LED lighting. Homeowners would only need to hook the unit up to an Internet cable, water, sewage, and an electricity supply though off-grid solutions are currently being developed. An LG heat pump with moisture separator provides heating and cooling. Related: Prefab and low-budget CabinCube Hotels can pop up almost anywhere Installation of the ÖÖD only takes eight hours to complete. According to Nordica Flight Magazine, each unit costs 33,000 euros (VAT excluded) and includes custom-built Estonian furniture. ÖÖD homes have only been installed in Estonia thus far—the first unit debuted last fall—but the company plans to expand to international markets. + ÖÖD Images by Maris Tomba and Anton Toomere

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Traveling family renovates old school bus as both solar-powered home and hostel

December 27, 2016 by  
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World-traveling nomads Valerie Cook and Tim Boffe have refurbished an old school bus to double as the family’s eco-friendly home on wheels and a modest hostel for adventurers. The revamped 39-foot-long solar-powered bus is currently carrying the family of three on a three-year European adventure and picking up guests along the way. https://youtu.be/JhRWbXJut1Y The adventure-loving family estimates that converting the bus into a traveling home cost just under $32,000 dollars. The renovation process focused on revamping the old bus with environmentally-friendly features, such as a chemical-free Doschawol wool insulation, which not only helps keep the bus warm and cozy, but regulates moisture that tends to build up when traveling between cold and hot weather destinations. Related: Madeover Maine Bus is a Groovy Guest Home on Wheels The family’s electricity needs are met by solar panels installed on the bus roof, while other basic needs are met by an onboard shower, compost toilet, and wood stove. The family tries as best they can to make their travels 100 percent carbon-neutral, offsetting the rest through the non-profit organization Carbon Fund . Currently, the six-bunk bus is touring Tirol, Austria and is available for adventure seekers at a mere USD $61 per night. This includes all of the basic amenities such as sheets and towels as well home-cooked organic breakfasts and dinners. Extra perks include the use of the couple’s mountain bikes, skis and surfboards. + Let’s Be Nomads Via Treehugger

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