After our fun and success with DIY furniture, we were ready for the next creative adventure.
We had talked about taking on a bigger project, maybe a kitchen renovation at my parents’ house, or buy and renovate a property, or even convert an old van or bus to a mobile home. In the meantime, we’ve kept busy with travel, thrifting, adding wall decorations to our new apartment, visiting with family, and going on NYC adventures.
We hung out with Big’s family for New Year’s Eve. When we woke up the next morning, Big’s dad tried to suppress a smile as he brewed us coffee and told us three things:
- There’s a gift outside for your combined birthdays and Christmases.
- Keep an open mind.
- If you hate it, I can sell it and give you guys the proceeds.
He had requested that Big’s mom go with him to pick it up the night before: so obviously, it was either a bus or a dog.
We went outside,and there he was!
Our next DIY project seemed to have fallen into our laps! This is Hugo, a 2000 Blue Bird Mini Bird 21 passenger school bus. He’s got 50,000 miles on him, based on a Chevrolet P30 chassis, and runs on gasoline.
On our way back to NYC, we couldn’t stop talking about Hugo the bus. We watched videos and read blogs. Mary Helen via Mary Makes Good has an awesome list of her favorite “skoolie” blogs – hopefully we’ll make it there one day 🙂 Check it out here! My friend’s sister and her family of 4 made their way from California to the tip of South America in a converted van – such an inspiration to be more minimalist and live sustainably.
We did our research and considered the layout. We fought several times whether or not to have a kitchen, composting toilet (read a great testimonial here! ), shore power, etc; Big wants to keep the bus build as simple as possible, and I want to do everything the right way.
It may have been earlier than intended – but we accepted the challenge and now the work will start.
There is a ton of work ahead of us! We look forward to sharing our progress, successes, and failures with the World Wide Web.
Do you have a van or bus you have converted or are currently converting into a tiny home on wheels? Or a favorite skoolie on social media that you follow? Please share below! We’d love to connect with you 🙂
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Lil & Big