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This Couple Revamped An Old School Bus Into A Gorgeous, Cozy Home

by Angel Chang
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As ever, the tiny house movement is steadily gaining speed, with the trend grazing the woods, open valleys, and lakesides of the country.

I’ve seen plenty of refurbished and upcycled tiny homes, most of which are very eco-conscious and self-sustaining. My absolute favorite designs have to be the homes on wheels, like the incredible, rustic home that this family of six converted from an old school bus.

Just a few years ago, Jeremy and Mira Thompson decided to live on the road, and opted for a nomadic, minimalist way of life. Eventually, they settled down, and completely revamped their 1989 International school bus, transforming it into a beautiful, earth-toned home.

After working on the project for four years, the young family finally moved into the home, and life couldn’t be any better.

The real gem, however, isn’t the school bus exterior, but the interior — just wait till you see the charming decorations after you step inside. I’m already in love with the home…

Scroll further to see amazing photos of the home, taken by Mira’s sister Leah, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

For the first few years of their married life, the Thompsons spent some time living on a mini school bus. "We fell in love with the freedom, but eventually found ourselves wanting a home base near our families," they told Good Housekeeping.

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So, Jeremy utilized his carpentry and auto body experience to transform the bus into a little cedar cabin. At 37 feet long, it offers plenty of space to build out rooms and fit furniture.

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One of the most striking features in the home is its cast iron stove, which is supported by repurposed wheel wells.

One of the most striking features in the home is its cast iron stove, which is supported by repurposed wheel wells.

The kitchen has a functioning stove and a 1959 Frigidaire refrigerator, both of which use propane gas.

The kitchen has a functioning stove and a 1959 Frigidaire refrigerator, both of which use propane gas.

Aside from the kitchen, there's a living room and space enough to fit two queen beds, as well as ample storage room.

Aside from the kitchen, there's a living room and space enough to fit two queen beds, as well as ample storage room.

Above the "canopied" bed, there is a sitting area that is structured under a wood paneled ceiling.

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They used various reclaimed materials during construction: Douglas Fir for flooring, cedar shingles on the exterior of the bus, and wood from an old house for the paneled ceiling.

They used various reclaimed materials during construction: Douglas Fir for flooring, cedar shingles on the exterior of the bus, and wood from an old house for the paneled ceiling.

The Thompsons park their home at the edge of a family-owned lake. "It's the beauty of tiny living," said Mira. "It gives you the extra nudge to get off the couch and outside into nature or your community."

The Thompsons park their home at the edge of a family-owned lake. "It's the beauty of tiny living," said Mira. "It gives you the extra nudge to get off the couch and outside into nature or your community."

The family looked at plenty of flea markets and garage sales to stock up on home décor items.

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The incredibly cozy micro-living masterpiece can also be packed up and driven on the road. What a fantastic way to travel and live!

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Looking at the photos of this transformed tiny home, we can confidently say that the tiny house movement has fully captivated us, and is a trend that is taking various regions in the country by storm. Hopefully, the love for beautifully crafted, lovingly cozy tiny homes will continue to grow.

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