Tiny Home Tour: This Couple Converted a School Bus Into House On Wheels—With a Roofdeck

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You've likely heard about the tiny home trend, or at least seen buses converted into miniature mobile homes.

If you're like most people, though, being able to sell your home, live mortgage-free and travel the country on a whim in a house on wheels probably sounds like more of a pipe dream than a realistic option — at least in this lifetime.

Not so for Kristin and Will, one adventurous couple who actually did it. It took the pair, who hail from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, about a year and a half to convert a school bus into a two-bedroom, one-bath home — which they now live in with their baby, Roam and their dog, Rush!

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The "Number Juan" bus is a 1992 Blue Bird. It boasts some very unique features, like the kitchen countertops, made from material that was originally part of the Jacksonville Beach Pier before it was destroyed in Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

tiny home interior countertops
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The couch slides out into a bed for any guests the family might have over. It's also where baby Roam's car seat clips into the frame of the bus, and it has a seatbelt for Kristen to buckle up. Safety first, right?

tiny house bus interior
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Slide open the handcrafted barn door to reveal the wet bath, complete with a composting toilet. "It allows us to be off-grid — we don't have to worry about dumping stations," Kristen explains.

tiny house bathroom
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Maybe the most impressive part (if you ask us, anyway!) is the closet. Each member of the family has just one drawer, plus a shared rack to hang their clothes, meaning they had to majorly downsize. "I used to have an entire room as a closet and now this is me and Will and Roam's space," Kristen says.

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"On the roof we have 500 watts of solar, from the air conditioning forward, which is what keeps our bus off grid" Will explains. "That helps generate us enough power to actually be able to run the AC."

On the back of the bus, they even built a custom roofdeck.

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Watch the video above to get the full tour, and get Kristen and Will's easy faux brick wall demo here.

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