Identify: Elizabeth Spencer, husband, 1-year-old daughter, and Vizsla
Location: North Carolina
Dimension: 280 sq. toes
Years lived in: 5 months, owned
We’re a household of 4: myself, my husband, our little lady, and our very needy however energetic Vizsla named Ginger. We stay half time in Africa and half time in our transformed bus in America. My husband is a co-founder of a clear power enterprise based mostly in East Africa however we nonetheless spend a couple of months yearly in America with family and friends. We had talked about having an area of our personal for after we got here to America however we have now household unfold throughout the nation so it was laborious to determine the place to construct this house.
Finally, after my husband talked my ear off about buses for months, we landed on shopping for an old-fashioned bus and changing it right into a tiny house on wheels. We purchased a bus from a college district in Oregon then discovered a tiny house builder in Tennessee known as Wind River Tiny Properties that was keen to tackle constructing our bus conversion. They completed the bus construct in November 2018 and we have now been residing in it ever since. For that previous two months we have now been parked in North Carolina on household land however earlier than that we did a two-month cross nation highway with our bus from North Carolina to San Diego and again. We love having the comforts of house whereas on the highway.
The general design is shiplap and subway tile with a splash of shade and decor we love from our travels. We changed all of the bus home windows with common home windows to assist with insulation. The bus is split into thirds. The primary a part of the bus is a residing and kitchen space. The bus opens right into a L sofa. The sofa can flip right into a mattress for friends or we have now a desk we arrange for meals. Throughout from the sofa is a giant window for us to benefit from the views wherever we go. There’s a breakfast bar behind the again of the sofa that we will use for meals after we don’t need to get the desk out or I work from the bar most afternoons throughout nap time. The kitchen has butcher-block counters, black cupboards, antiqued brass fixtures, subway tile, and floating cabinets. It’s a full kitchen with a mini fridge, range, oven however a full measurement sink! My favourite park of this room is the pink sliding door resulting in the remainder of the bus.
The second third of the bus has bunk beds on one aspect and a rest room on the opposite measurement. The underside bunk has a spot to place our Guava Household Moveable crib for our toddler and a washer dryer hook up. The toilet has a Separett composting rest room and a bathe with an on the spot sizzling water heater, subway tile, and a rain showerhead. The sink is fairly small however works nice for laundry your face and brushing tooth.
The ultimate third of the bus is the bed room that doubles as an workplace. There’s a sliding door separating the bunk room from our bed room. There are open closets on the aspect as you enter and the mattress to the again. There are three home windows plus the again bus window, which brings in tons of sunshine throughout the day.
What’s your favourite room and why? Each sq. inch of this house is exclusive however our bed room is cozy and useful. The bed room was constructed within the final third of the transformed bus. There’s a queen mattress set excessive with storage beneath. There’s a bedside area that we will put our doc-a-tot for an toddler or books when there is no such thing as a toddler. There are steps as much as the mattress that additionally double as a studying the bench. The three open closets have greater than sufficient area for all our garments. And eventually, the fold down standing desk converts the bed room into an workplace area throughout the day the place my husband does worldwide convention calls from our little bus.
Should you may magically change one thing about your private home, what wouldn’t it be? We’d desire a rooftop deck to magically seem on the highest of the bus. I envision us sitting up there watching a sundown overlooking the ocean whereas sipping on handcrafted Moscow Mules. This can occur someday! I requested my husband this query and he stated he would need photo voltaic panels on the roof the size of the bus and the bus engine to get replaced with a protracted vary electrical engine large enough for a beast like our bus. Sounds costly!
What’s the very last thing you got (or discovered!) to your house? Rugs. In the course of the winter you possibly can really feel the chilly coming by way of the ground within the bus. Regardless that we love our hardwood flooring, we would have liked rugs to assist insulate this winter. nuLOOM has an superior choice of reasonably priced rugs in all types and designs—oriental to geometric, pure fibers to shag.
Any recommendation for creating a house you like? In a small area you’re extra free to design the area you want and spare no expense. Constructing small is a strategy to have precisely the house you need inside your price range. If we had constructed an even bigger house we’d have needed to reduce on the standard, the design, in addition to not have all of the options we needed so as to accommodate the additional sq. footage. It is usually manner inexpensive to furnish and enhance 280 sq. toes verses 2,800 sq. toes.