Living In A School Bus


Julie and Andrew, along with their dog, Starbuck and their cat, Mr. Butters live in this 200 square foot school bus in Georgia. The bus is a 1990 Blue Bird.

They chose this path after their landlord raised the rent on their apartment in Atlanta.

They set up camp in the lush pines of Georgia, and quickly learned how to store things creatively and choose multi-functional elements to make this small home work.

Their bus sits close to a lake where Andrew goes kayaking and Starbuck has plenty of room to run. When they decide to travel, they can do so, for this bus is ready for the road.

The couch lifts up with storage space underneath.

Starbuck has the perfect place for dog travel with a gate to keep him safe.

Their kitchen is designed for everything to have a place, which of course is the secret to small space living.

Their food pantry is on rollers in a cabinet underneath the sink.

Next to the pantry is their dishware, also on rollers, perfectly organized and stored. A shelf overhead makes room for their microwave.

They have a stove for heat as well as an air conditioner for hot days, so living in their bus is a comfortable solution for both home and travel.

Their bedroom has shelves built all around the top to store books. The bed lifts up with built-in storage underneath.

Their closet is behind the curtain.

The toilet area is simple but efficient.

This is their shower area adjacent to the bathroom.

By designing their home on wheels with basic needs and simple living in mind, they’ve found the perfect solution for small space living and no longer have to pay apartment rent. Plus their home is cozy and ready for travel at any time.

Do you think you could live in a transformed school bus?

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  1. I love it and yes, could live there as well. As I age I want less and less and not have to deal with a lot of house cleaning!

  2. I think this type of living arrangement is perfect for the very young and also for the retired. Adventures are right around the corner for both of these factions in society. As a retiree I would love this. I’m not much interested any longer in acquiring “stuff”. I want to live simply and enjoy more experiences. Love their house on wheels!

    1. I loved this post, they did a wonderful job of arranging this little home on wheels. And yes, I could easily see myself living in that bus, and next to a lake would be a dream come true. I also want the dog to come with it LOL!

  3. Hey Brenda,
    I love this! I bought a small camper a few years ago as a safety net if I ever lost my home. Lots of people live in non-traditional homes and more power to them. This home on wheels is gorgeous and yes, I could easily live like this myself. Home ownership is overrated with constant repairs or maintenance. I’m in love with Starbuck though – what a beautiful dog!

  4. What a fun place-they have done a great job making it work for them. We have friends that are traveling musicians and they have lived in a bus (with two kids) for about 8 or 9 years now. They have loved the adventure of it. You really do have to pare down to live light like that though.
    Fun post, Brenda! xo Diana

  5. They did a great job transforming the bus! I do not think we could live like this – with five of us and two big dogs. 🙂 To me, having a home-base and roots – – especially as you raise children, is important. But I can also see how people would feel care-free and get to do lots of exploring in a set-up like this. Fun post! Thanks Brenda.

  6. I love looking at the tiny homes. I spent 5 years (when I was first married) in a trailer of 350 square feet. What I liked the best was I didn’t spend much time cleaning, so I could do things that I enjoyed more. It’s easier when you are young though–I’m not sure I could ever get comfortable on their couch. I have a tiny “pantry” now and got those roll-out shelves online. I recommend them. As I’ve gotten older, I just want to simplify and pare-down. I like what they did with their bus. And I like the hints you give for storage in small spaces too.

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