Monday, October 6, 2014

Tiny House Extravaganza: House Bus Tour

Our family spent last weekend celebrating an exciting occasion for my sister and her family.  It was an event we'd been looking forward to for some time.

We went to celebrate the Open House for their new home.  It has been painstakingly crafted, completely custom-built, designed completely by my brother-in-law Jeremy and my sister Mira and beautifully built over the past two years.

It's a bus house.  An old school bus turned into a micro-living masterpiece.  Not just a few additions to a school bus, but an entire house built on top of a working school bus.  You won't see this beauty driving down the freeway any time soon.  The plan is to prepare the land where they want to park their gorgeous new residence and then move in.

Last weekend they drove the completed house bus down to a local marina for a weekend party, gave tours, and we all camped on the water and spent time with some wonderful friends and family. 

But this post won't be about people, and you won't get glimpses of my girls in here (in fact, the only pictures I took were of the bus), but this house is so impressive that I am excited to brag about my brother-in-law and sister's work of art here.  I hope you enjoy your little tour.

If you're interested in learning more about the creators of this amazing Gypsy bus, you can find out more at Von Thompson Creative.
























 


87 comments:

  1. I love it! It is so beautiful! Want one! Do they live there too?

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    1. i love it beauitful design , perfect for someone just starting out .

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  2. Wow! That house bus looks absolutely adorable! I love the shingle exteriors and classical look of everything. The interior looks really comfortable. I guess it's like living in an RV with a bit more elegance and beauty added. You have such a talented brother-in-law and sister for creating such a marvel. Thank you so much for sharing! I hope both you and your sister's families are in the best of health.

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  3. I drive a school bus. I know now what I'm going to do when I retire. :-)

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    1. What's with your silly question that has absolutely nothing to do with this beautiful house bus??

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  5. This is lovely and full of obviously well done hard work. I only wondered about two things - 1) How do they give the person on the toilet privacy? 2) Doesn't a lack of a hood or some venting over the stove cause issues?
    Other than those two questions, this had me drooling over the pictures.

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    1. We have never had a vent/hood over our stove. No problems in 20 years. I would get a rounded curtain rod for the toilet.

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    3. I think I would have used pocket doors for privacy and they would have given some privacy.

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  6. I wonder what it would look like after a car crash.

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    1. Busses are extremely safe. So better than a car or a RV if the structural integrity was left the same. It's the very reason we are building out a bus. Search...see photos. Tons of reference photos of bad wrecks with busses still looking good. People walking away.

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    2. Busses are extremely safe. So better than a car or a RV if the structural integrity was left the same. It's the very reason we are building out a bus. Search...see photos. Tons of reference photos of bad wrecks with busses still looking good. People walking away.

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    3. I wonder if that bus was just meant to be parked on that land...driving looks awkward ..almost looks too top heavy or something, plus it has a concrete bumper. I thought there were specs and standards for those. Anyway, too beautiful for me to get on the road with it.

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  7. Wow does anyone know how much they paid for this ? My parents have a old bus we always joke about living in

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  8. Looks really homey and cute-- just a couple comments. It's not a great idea to have the toilet inches away from food prep/storage (especially without a door) and where do people eat? Other than that, I like the layout and the full size vintage fridge and cozy sleeping nook, and all of the wood and accents.

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  9. My only question is what about the shower? Super cute!

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  10. My only question is what about the shower? Super cute!

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    1. I'm wondering that, too!

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    2. Looks as tho the shower sits directly across from the toilet.

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  11. what kind of refrigerator is that?

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  12. OMYGOSH! I absolutely love this. We have found our method! :)

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  13. so cute! the only thing i did'nt like was the yellow fridge,i would've repainted it to make it look like it went with the updated style.but just my opinion,it was gorgous!

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  14. I wish I had one. I need a home to live. Great design.

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  15. Thank you for sharing pictures of this beauty with the rest of the world. The wood tones, the YUMMY wall, trim and fabric colors, as well as the yellow fridge add warmth to this gorgeous design. Your b-i-l has a winning set of plans here....a future business perhaps?

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  16. For those asking about a shower: it looks like a shower curtain on the right side of the last picture. If you look at the orientation of the pic to the kitchen area- the shower is across from the toilet.

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  17. It's lovely! My questions have to deal with electric and water. Do you have to park in campsites that supply electric and water? Or do you have your own systems so you can "boondock"? Also, it looks like you bought a school bus and took the entire back end off of the frame. Am I right? Did you keep the original bus engine? How many miles were on it when you bought it? I drive a school bus and those things are fuel pigs! Lol.

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  18. It's lovely! Build me one please. Where did she get the bed comforter. I want one.

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  19. Adorable, comfortable, inviting, amazing. Hope you can park it under some starlight somewhere. cheers+stars!

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  21. That's an awesome house ! I've been looking around for a design for a tiny house for myself and this totally suits me, especially the bed under the living room :). Do you happen to know if they designed the house themselves? It's a great work ^^. Also, could you give an estimate of how much the refurbishing cost?

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  23. hi, i used these pictures on my presentation (english class, subject was our dream house) without permission. Im so sorry about that i hope you can forgive me. But i got the highest result that i cant get. Im so thankful for pictures. Please forgive me that i used these pics without permission

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  24. Great job!!! Love the quilt on the bed. Did she make that? I'd love to buy one.

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  26. This tiny house is so cute I can't even stand it. When I envision my own it looks a lot like this! LOVE IT! :) Someday . . .

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  27. I saw the photo of the amazing bed alcove floating around tumblr, completely unattributed (as usual for tumblr), and I was moved to track it down to see what the story behind it was. I'm glad that after some research I was able to find your blog and see all the other photos of this lovely house. It's so charming, I've really fallen in love with all the details and craftsmanship. I hope you don't mind if I repost it on my tumblr, this time with a link to your blog so that others can find it.
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  28. I love the style of this quaint and simply luscious retreat, I had a bus back in the early 70's and would love to return to a traveling life style when my husband retires. Its the best craftsmanship in a bus ever! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photographs!

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  29. Do you have plans available for this stunning bus conversion? And is it drivable? The only thing I would change would be the bathroom. I would put it in an enclosed room all to itself.

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  30. Do you have plans available for this stunning bus conversion? And is it drivable? The only thing I would change would be the bathroom. I would put it in an enclosed room all to itself.

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  31. Do you have plans available for this stunning bus conversion? And is it drivable? The only thing I would change would be the bathroom. I would put it in an enclosed room all to itself.

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  32. How do you deal with sewage and water supply, do you plan to add solar panels?

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  33. Love the bus, the tiny house & best of all, love your story & how you're sharing with others so we understand better how to support kids/people with disabilities; ready about signing & that was my granddaughter's first language ... very cool

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  34. That is a-MAY-Zing! I've been knocking around the idea of doing something along these lines but as a stationery quarters. I have to ask, how does all the added weight make driving such a beast?

    I'm also interested in @Tina Gleisner asks about sewage and water and energy? I'd love to see some of the "behind the curtain" information. Possibly including costs? This was done so adorably and with love, anyone can see! What an absolutely wonderful family you are a part of! Care for one more sister? :-)

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  35. Love this tiny house "bus cottage." Not sure what's more amazing, this lovely, creative conversion, or all the posted questions, about issues that are answered in the blog post. Don't people READ anymore? Sorry for the rant, just one of my pet peeves, & yes, I'm also a "grammar nazi." Kudos to your sister & brother-in-law for thinking out of the box...amazingly beautiful

    Deb B.

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  36. so cute!,i would've repainted it to make it look like it went with the updated style.

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  37. So this bus clearly costs more than you would have to do this for. If you want to put in a 2000 dollar woodstove and full hardwood paneling you are going to add cost and clearly a lot of weight. I live in Alaska and people regularly build school bus dwellings and live in them. I would take a cheaper more utilitarian approach and create as much space as possible inside with foldup beds and tables. I would also put an industrial coating on the floor so you could just wash it out. The wood stove is excellent though and I do fully appreciate this bus, although it would be a bit expensive for me.

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  39. I love this bus. And hope one day to live in a tiny, mobile house of my own. Right now, I rent a room, but would love a chance to get away to a space of my own.

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