You are here: Home Homestead Living 10 Amazing School Bus Conversions 10 Amazing School Bus Conversions Damain Carr / Unsplash by Leigha Staffenhagen May 8, 2018, 11:30 am Converting a school bus into a permanent residence is a bit like a coming-of-age story. You take a school bus, probably one very similar to the one you rode in elementary school, gut it entirely, and build a tiny home out of it. To me, the whole process just feels very charming, sustainable, and appealing. Not only is it the ultimate up-cycling project, it’s a journey that can take months, even years—with plenty of speed bumps along the way. So whether you’re just a daydreamer like me or are actually in the process of buying a school bus to convert, check out some individuals that are actually living the #schoolie life. 1. Fern The Bus Ben and Mande, owners of Fern The Bus, are Michigan natives that wanted to experience a simpler life, traveling west. Fern found her color match in Banff, Canada! A post shared by Fern The Bus (@fernthebus) on Feb 14, 2018 at 10:30am PST Ben and Mande mention on their website that while the bus is done, it will always be in a “state of continual transformation”. This photo was taken in our beautiful hometown of Holland, Michigan. It was just before our big adventure and is a great reminder that sometimes we don’t have to travel far to experience the beauty of this world!🌷❤️🌞 A post shared by Fern The Bus (@fernthebus) on Feb 7, 2018 at 8:29am PST The bus’s kitchen features exposed wood, white cabinetry and lots of natural light. And it looks like Penny the pup doesn’t mind a little sunbathing! Our #adventurepup is up for anything anytime! Our love for her runs real deep❤️❤️❤️ A post shared by Fern The Bus (@fernthebus) on Feb 28, 2018 at 8:20am PST The bedroom is located at the back of the bus and utilizes the space above for storage. Some days it’s nice to sit still in the silence and get lost in your own thoughts (or in a book). A post shared by Fern The Bus (@fernthebus) on Dec 22, 2017 at 5:19am PST Here’s a great aerial shot of the entire living area: It's a small space, but we've got everything we need right here! A post shared by Fern The Bus (@fernthebus) on Aug 28, 2017 at 5:39am PDT 2. The Skoolie Setting out to travel the USA and engage in charitable work, Dean has a YouTube channel where he logs all of his adventures with The Skoolie. In open fields of wildflowers. #skoolie #skoolieconversion #projectvanlife #reformlife #vanlifeideas #vanlifediaries #vanlifer #vanlifeturkey #california #vanlifers #westcoast #canonusa #vanlifeexplorers A post shared by Dean (@theskoolie) on Apr 19, 2018 at 4:36pm PDT The interior features exposed wood panels, robin blue cabinetry, and a bright beadboard ceiling. The inside with all of the updates. I'm working on a much improved tour video. Should be done within a week. 🤘 : #skoolie #skoolieconversion #vanlife #buslife #projectvanlife #tinyhouse #tinyhome A post shared by Dean (@theskoolie) on Feb 4, 2018 at 7:15am PST I mean, what a life: A further out shot from my time in space. : #skoolie #milkyway #schoolbus #vanlife #tinyhouse #tinyhome #homeiswhereyouparkit #vancrush #vanliving #vanlifeideas #vanlifediaries #space A post shared by Dean (@theskoolie) on Jun 8, 2017 at 9:15pm PDT 3. The Blue Ridge Mountain Bus Located in the mountains of Hot Springs, North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Mountain Bus is home to Stacie Jameson and her family. They’ve even turned their own home project into a business: Blue Ridge Conversions! Shiny and new! ✨ A post shared by 🌿 Stacie Jameson 🌿 (@theblueridgemountainbus) on May 29, 2017 at 4:47pm PDT They’ve built a deck that is attached to the side of the bus, offering shade and a nice place to have some morning coffee. We’re as cozy as cozy can get!❤️ A post shared by 🌿 Stacie Jameson 🌿 (@theblueridgemountainbus) on Jan 17, 2018 at 8:11am PST The kitchen features wood flooring, blue cabinetry, and lots of storage area for dishes. When we first began this #skoolie lifestyle, we had no idea what was in store for us! Our little home on wheels had garnered international attention which led to Jeff working on the Expedition Happiness bus, then the Great American Farm Tour bus, things started happening so quickly, next thing we knew we were starting @blueridgeconversions and became a legit company! It's so awesome to be able to see Jeff create custom adventure mobiles for people all over the place. If you're not already, follow us over there, we have several exciting projects starting soon that you won't want to miss!" A post shared by 🌿 Stacie Jameson 🌿 (@theblueridgemountainbus) on Aug 2, 2017 at 7:41pm PDT Still in Love! ✨ #skooliekitchenforever! A post shared by 🌿 Stacie Jameson 🌿 (@theblueridgemountainbus) on Jun 10, 2017 at 4:26pm PDT 4. Adventure Or Bust Brittany and Steven own this gorgeous, robin blue beauty and are traveling across the country completely off-grid. Along with their two pups, they plan on traveling coast to coast this summer. You can follow on their journey at their website. Photo Courtesy of Brittany and Steven Altmann Photo Courtesy of Brittany and Steven Altmann They’re really taking advantage of all that rooftop space with solar panels. We’ve made some major improvements since moving into our bus a year ago. We’ve given her a fresh paint job, installed a wood burning stove, and went solar (more details coming soon). We’re gearing up for a cross-country road trip this summer! You can learn about the trip from the link in our bio. 👈 A post shared by Adventure or Bust (@theadventureorbust) on Mar 21, 2018 at 12:30pm PDT As for the interior, they have a wood stove and full-size appliances. Pretty impressive for an off-grid school bus! Photo Courtesy of Brittany and Steven Altmann The kitchen also has a washer/dryer combo. Now that’s something lots of tiny house owners are probably a bit envious of! Laundry day is a lot easier when you can do it in your home. A washer/dryer combo is definitely something we splurged on. We’ve been very happy with this EdgeStar. – What’s one thing in your home that you splurged on or plan to? A post shared by Adventure or Bust (@theadventureorbust) on Apr 13, 2018 at 11:52am PDT Photo Courtesy of Brittany and Steven Altmann Photo Courtesy of Brittany and Steven Altmann The bedroom lets in a lot of natural light and features a large, cozy bed. Photo Courtesy of Brittany and Steven Altmann As for the wheel well of the bus … they put a toilet on top of it! Photo Courtesy of Brittany and Steven Altmann 5. The Simple Bus Life Creating their off-grid home in the Virgin Islands, Amanda and Joe Trattner are small business owners that want to spread the word about tiny living. Related Post: Tiny Houses Their goal through the Simple Bus Life project is to encourage others to live more self-sufficient lives and have financial freedom. Image Courtesy of Amanda Trattner Their functional kitchen features a farmhouse sink with full-size appliances. We love the functionality of our #tinyhouse #kitchen. It is such an enjoyable space to #cook in. Check out our website www.thesimplebuslife.com to learn more about the design/ construction of our #bushome. One love! . . . . #IKEA #ikeasink #farmsink #geartistry #geappliances #tinyhouseliving #tinyhousemovement #onelovebus #homeonwheels #unique #goals #blessed #nofilter A post shared by The Simple Bus Life (@the_simple_bus_life) on Feb 20, 2017 at 4:52pm PST Looking out from the kitchen you can see the entire living room and bedroom. The area has lots of lighting, both interior and natural. Ahhh the feeling of finally having the house clean and organized again. Our tiny house has been a little bit of a tiny hot mass lately!🤦♀️ . A little team work goes a long way though…Joe put some work into the yard and I got the house organized, decluttered and cleaned up again 🙌…If only we could get Baby Joey to follow the program around here🤷♀️ . Don't look too closely. I think I jumped the gun some on taking this picture and hadn't actually done the floors yet lol 😂. You just never know when stuff is going to hit the fan around here so you gotta work fast and take advantage of the peace when the opportunity arises . Picture first then floors duh?! 😜 #thesimplebuslife #onelovebus #blessed A post shared by The Simple Bus Life (@the_simple_bus_life) on Apr 24, 2018 at 6:41pm PDT And from the living room, you can see the entire kitchen! Seriously love the functionality of this lil tiny kitchen! It's such a great space to work in, cook in, keep an eye on baby Joey and feel included in everything that's going on in the bus…I mean duh it is a tiny house so I guess that part isn't a surprise 😜 • Our dear friend Ashley and her adorable baby gyal Bimini came over for a lunch/ play date today and boy we had a hoot! Ashley took some amazing shots! Which I love because I feel that my creative juices haven't been flowing so easily since the storms. It's so fun to see my home through someone else's lens. I look forward to sharing them with you all! ❤💛💚 • 📷@aheelayton A post shared by The Simple Bus Life (@the_simple_bus_life) on Jan 18, 2018 at 6:00pm PST There’s nothing like a before and after: Started from the bottom now we're here. Amazing what you can accomplish in a few months. 🙌🏼 . . . . . #tinyhouse #house #minihouse #tiny #tinyliving #gingerbreadhouse #unique #tinyhousemovement #thow #tinyhouseonwheels #gotiny #tinyhousenation #construction #dreambigbuildtiny #tinyhousebuild #ourtinyhome #stthomas #usvi #transformation @hgtv A post shared by The Simple Bus Life (@the_simple_bus_life) on Jun 1, 2016 at 6:42am PDT 6. Rolling Vistas Still in the process of converting their bus into a full-time home, Zac and Tiff keep a YouTube channel where they update viewers on each step of their journey. They mention that while they don’t intend for their channel to be a how-to series, they hope that they can inspire others to take the bus-conversion leap! You can also keep up with their journey over on their website. Photo Courtesy of Rolling Vistas Photo Courtesy of Rolling Vistas The kitchen cabinets have a real cabin vibe, matching the wood burning stove perfectly. Photo Courtesy of Rolling Vistas And those cabinets are accompanied by a long live-edge slab desktop. It's been a crazy busy couple of weeks for me (Zac) with product releases, work travel, shoots, and more. Fortunately, Tiff isn't one to sit on her butt. She took it upon herself to finish the desktop completely by herself, and it looks incredible. Still the hardest worker I know! #elmwood #busconversion #schoolbuslife #desk #woodgrain #fumes #tiredalready A post shared by Rolling Vistas Bus Conversion (@rolling_vistas) on Sep 17, 2017 at 10:32am PDT As for the issue of bathroom privacy, Tiff added faux stained glass to the pre-existing windows! Tiff installed some privacy film in the bathroom windows. Fake stained glass FTW. Makes for interesting projections, too. . . . . . . . . #colorado #rubbertramp #rubbertramps #nomad #digitalnomad #lifeontheroad #livingfreely #busconversion #futurevanlife #prep #optoutside #getoutstayout #officeanywhere #busbuild #skoolieconversion #skoolielife #tinhouseonwheels #tinyhousemovement #tinyhousebuild #stainedglass #girlpower #alrightgirlsgogirls #builtnotbought #buslife #busconversion #schoolbusconversion #schoolbustinyhouse #tinyhome #diytinyhouse #cabinvibes A post shared by Rolling Vistas Bus Conversion (@rolling_vistas) on Apr 22, 2018 at 9:28am PDT Photo Courtesy of Rolling Vistas 7. Blanchard Bus Conversion Crystal, husband Sequoya, and their son live in their converted bus in Florida. They have a full-size fridge and stove in their bus and are traveling around until they find the perfect property to settle down on. hOMe sweet home or bus in this case 😍 . . . . #tinyhouse #boho #homesweetbus #smallhouse #livingin200sqft #tinyhousemovement #eclectic #bushouse #sunshine #homeiswhereyouparkit #homeonwheels #skoolie #buslifeadventure #schoolbus #skooliehome #schoolbusconversion #wanderlust #busalow A post shared by C͢R͢Y͢S͢T͢A͢L͢ ॐ (@crystalblissed) on Feb 22, 2018 at 10:57am PST Home 😍 gave her a little bit of a quick wash over just to help knock the crazy amount of pollen we've gotten off, the hood and roof need a serious washing though but I'm not climbing my 31 week pregnant self up there…trust me I really want to though lol . . . . #tinyhouse #boho #homesweetbus #smallhouse #livingin200sqft #tinyhousemovement #eclectic #bushouse #sunshine #homeiswhereyouparkit #homeonwheels #skoolie #buslifeadventure #schoolbus #skooliehome #schoolbusconversion #wanderlust #busalow A post shared by C͢R͢Y͢S͢T͢A͢L͢ ॐ (@crystalblissed) on Mar 14, 2018 at 2:12pm PDT How dreamy are these cabinets? My counters are covered in flowers! I love it. 💞 . . . #tinyhouse #boho #homesweetbus #smallhouse #livingin200sqft #tinyhousemovement #eclectic #bushouse #sunshine #homeiswhereyouparkit #homeonwheels #skoolie #buslifeadventure #schoolbus #skooliehome #schoolbusconversion #tinykitchen #buskitchen A post shared by C͢R͢Y͢S͢T͢A͢L͢ ॐ (@crystalblissed) on Apr 22, 2018 at 5:59am PDT From the front of the bus you can see the kitchen and the master bedroom. Looking on point, tiny house living at its finest…and cleanest lol #blanchardbusconversionproject . . . #tinyhouse #boho #homesweetbus #smallhouse #livingin200sqft #tinyhousemovement #eclectic #bushouse #sunshine #homeiswhereyouparkit #homeonwheels #skoolie #buslifeadventure #schoolbus #skooliehome #schoolbusconversion #tinykitchen #buskitchen A post shared by C͢R͢Y͢S͢T͢A͢L͢ ॐ (@crystalblissed) on Mar 16, 2018 at 3:30pm PDT While the master bedroom is cozy, it still fits a king-sized bed! My tiny cozy literally only fits my king sized bed in it bedroom lol, when we first moved in the bus our bedroom had a full sized bed, dresser and nightstand but ya know with co-sleeping priorities happened 😝 #blanchardbusconversionproject . . . #cutebedroom #bohobedroom #buslife #homesweetbus #smallhouse #livingin200sqft #tinyhousemovement #eclectic #bushouse #sunshine #homeiswhereyouparkit #homeonwheels #skoolie #buslifeadventure #schoolbus #skooliehome #schoolbusconversion #boho #hippiestyle #bohemian A post shared by C͢R͢Y͢S͢T͢A͢L͢ ॐ (@crystalblissed) on Mar 13, 2018 at 4:40pm PDT Living in 200 square feet is all about ingenuity: turning a closet into a bed and a bedroom into a bathroom. Changed our closet up so we could move Jiya's little bed underneath it. We'll be adding another wall to the right of our closet to make a secondary one that'll hold all my dresses plus our longer clothes and where Jiya's bed used to be will be our bathroom ☺️ progress feels good! #blanchardbusconversionproject . . . #tinyhouse #boho #homesweetbus #smallhouse #livingin200sqft #tinyhousemovement #eclectic #bushouse #sunshine #homeiswhereyouparkit #homeonwheels #skoolie #buslifeadventure #schoolbus #skooliehome #schoolbusconversion #tinykitchen #buskitchen A post shared by C͢R͢Y͢S͢T͢A͢L͢ ॐ (@crystalblissed) on Feb 17, 2018 at 8:08am PST 8. Bus’N’Breakfast Originally owned by a small school in Canada, this bus was originally converted in Calgary but was moved overseas to Devon, UK. Over on their website they have even more pictures of the interior of the bus. Photo Courtesy of Tom McConnell The dining table is large without commanding the entire space. Winner winner cheesy dinner. . . . . #veggie #vegetarian #cooking #homecooking #book #vanlife #buslife #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbusconversion #americanschoolbus #tinyhome #amazingspaces #canopyandstars #airbnb #glamping #kitchen #rural #interiordesign #curtains #coffee #tasty #yum #dinner #dinnerideas #broccoli #canada #bluebird #brie A post shared by Bus 'n' Breakfast. Dorset. UK (@busnbreakfast) on Feb 20, 2018 at 10:51am PST The use of a barn door to access the driver’s seat keeps with the style of bus. Weekend HOoOooo! . . . . #weekend #wedding #travelbug #camping #gypsy #glamping #break #getaway #explore #skoolie #livingroom #copper #oak #bright #homeonwheels #campervan #vanlife #love #relax #homegoals #inspiration #interiordesign #cosy #honeymoon #hendoo #henweekend #special #oneofakind A post shared by Bus 'n' Breakfast. Dorset. UK (@busnbreakfast) on Jan 20, 2018 at 4:51am PST Rather than a center hallway you see in many school bus designs, the Bus’N’Breakfast has a side hallway to take advantage of all the natural light. Photo Courtesy of Tom McConnell The master bedroom is located in the back of the bus and takes advantage of all the windows. Look at that view! Photo Courtesy of Tom McConnell A modern bathroom makes all the difference! We are hiring out our bus this summer! Would you like to have it as a place to stay at your wedding? Maybe take it to a festival? Or just go camping down on the beach? Either way, it's got a #wetroom . . . . . . #bathroom #interior #locationvan #honeywagon #honeymoon #filmset #bristolfilm #bristol #london #wedding #weddinguk #festivalseason #festival #beatival #campbestival #weddinginspiration #camperhire #devon #cornwall #weddingday #production #skoolieconversion #vanlife #hireme #devonholiday #adventure #weddingideas #devonwedding #dorsetwedding A post shared by Bus 'n' Breakfast. Dorset. UK (@busnbreakfast) on Mar 28, 2018 at 12:58am PDT 9. Trebventure Who says that school bus conversions can’t be modern and sleek? This family of five left behind a conventional home and turned their ’99 Blue Bird bus into their full-time residence. Photo Courtesy of Ashley Trebitowski I spy with my little eye three little monkeys hanging out of the window. Spring break is in full effect and we are super excited to eat at our favorite restaurant tonight with Brandon’s Dad for his birthday. Do you have any suggestions of things to do here in Phoenix? A post shared by Trebventure (@trebventure) on Mar 29, 2018 at 8:50am PDT Clean, white walls pair perfectly with wood countertops. Another view of our kitchen. If you haven’t already checked out our blog post on The Essentials of our Minimalist Kitchen go check it out. Link in bio. A post shared by Trebventure (@trebventure) on Feb 20, 2018 at 8:38am PST Regardless of the fact that the kitchen is minimalistic, it features a deep sink with lots of storage. All my favorite things. Black letter board and my black sink. Maybe black is just my favorite! 🖤🖤🖤 A post shared by Trebventure (@trebventure) on Feb 15, 2018 at 5:51pm PST Photo Courtesy of Ashley Trebitowski A set of kids bunk beds in the hallway lead to the master bedroom. Photo Courtesy of Ashley Trebitowski Who doesn’t want a shower with a view? Shower with a view 🌲🚿🛁 📷:@tamfarmphoto A post shared by Trebventure (@trebventure) on Nov 30, 2017 at 5:54am PST 10. 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