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A Couple Turns A Trashed School Bus Into A Rustic Modern Masterpiece!

by Elyse Wanshel
Elyse is a Senior Writer at LittleThings.com. She enjoys tacos, kickboxing, and naming animals. In fact, she named two of her mother’s six cockatiels Mr. and Mrs. Featherbottom.

The wheels on the bus go round and round. But what happens when those wheels stop rolling?

Unless someone snatches the bus up and gives it some love, it usually ends up in a junkyard.

Its body is stripped for parts — and its glory days of transporting kids full of dreams to school is as dead as its engine.

Alyssa and Will were a young couple that were running on fumes. But they had dreams as bright as the yellow on a school bus. The couple that loved being outdoors hiking, skiing, and biking, wanted to quit their office jobs and start their own tech business online so they could have more time to pursue their outdoorsy passions.

So they quit their jobs and made a business happen, and they did, the realized that any of their dreams were possible.

So they decided to embark on another venture. Will approached Alyssa with the idea of “buying a school bus, converting it to a tiny house, and rolling around the country” enjoying the great outdoors.

Naturally Alyssa said yes and the couple, along with their rambunctious Bernese Mountain Dog named Hilde, embarked on one crazy adventure…

This is the 2001 GMC Bluebird school bus they originally bought.

This is the 2001 GMC Bluebird school bus they originally bought.

It was a challenge to complete the build, but Alyssa and Will worked through their sweat and tears with a whole lot of heart.

It was a challenge to complete the build, but Alyssa and Will worked through their sweat and tears with a whole lot of heart.

They did most of the work themselves, spending many 12-hour (or more) days working on their home.

They did most of the work themselves, spending many 12-hour (or more) days working on their home.

The entire project took them about five months to complete.

The entire project took them about five months to complete.

The total cost including the bus itself, maintenance and repairs, and materials came in at around $30k, which isn’t bad for this caliber of RV.

The total cost including the bus itself, maintenance and repairs, and materials came in at around $30k, which isn’t bad for this caliber of RV.

Plus, it’s a completely unique and customized home.

Plus, it’s a completely unique and customized home.

There’s nothing else quite like it out there.

There’s nothing else quite like it out there.

The fruit of the couple’s labor is pretty impressive.

The fruit of the couple’s labor is pretty impressive.

The couple mixed contemporary cool with classic rustic flair to come up with something completely unique.

The couple mixed contemporary cool with classic rustic flair to come up with something completely unique.

They used cool colors, warm woods, and industrial aluminum to make a clean, stylish interior that looks like it should be in a magazine.

They used cool colors, warm woods, and industrial aluminum to make a clean, stylish interior that looks like it should be in a magazine.

Best part is that it looks completely cozy and livable.

Best part is that it looks completely cozy and livable.

The chaise couch is comfortable and spacious.

The chaise couch is comfortable and spacious.

Not to mention perfect for puppy naps.

Not to mention perfect for puppy naps.

But it also has a ton of added storage underneath.

But it also has a ton of added storage underneath.

The kitchen is charming and has a cottage-like quality.

The kitchen is charming and has a cottage-like quality.

It is fully equipped with an oven, fridge, plenty of counter space, and stove.

It is fully equipped with an oven, fridge, plenty of counter space, and stove.

It also boasts some secret storage nooks.

It also boasts some secret storage nooks.

A gorgeous bedroom is draped in sunshine thanks to a skylight.

A gorgeous bedroom is draped in sunshine thanks to a skylight.

And like the other rooms on the bus, it also has some hidden storage compartments.

And like the other rooms on the bus, it also has some hidden storage compartments.

The bus even a bathroom with a full shower and composting toilet.

The bus even a bathroom with a full shower and composting toilet.

The back of the bus acts as a garage where the couple stores their camping gear, bikes, skis — and hopefully — tons of dog treats.

The back of the bus acts as a garage where the couple stores their camping gear, bikes, skis — and hopefully — tons of dog treats.

Three solar panels and a 25-gallon propane tank provides the interior of the bus with power to run their appliances and electronics.

Three solar panels and a 25-gallon propane tank provides the interior of the bus with power to run their appliances and electronics.

Their plan is to travel the country in their bus, working on the road, and exploring all America has to offer — one state at a time.

Their plan is to travel the country in their bus, working on the road, and exploring all America has to offer — one state at a time.

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