There are so many reasons that I can name why I’m writing this post. First of all; it has been an idea we’ve had since we began travelling in 2012. Second reason is my Pinterest board that keeps inspiring me about Tiny Living Spaces and the third reason is all the people who we have met in New Zealand with a bus.
When we arrived in Christchurch, we heard about the people who were homeless after the devastating earthquake in 2011. Lots of houses were not safe to live anymore so their owners had to find something else. Because loosing your house like this costs a lot of money, insurance only wants to give them the prize they paid for the house years ago, they had to be creative in finding a new home.
Lots of kiwi’s decided to buy a bus and convert it to their new living space. Because their houses are still standing up, abandoned and waiting to be either renovated or demolished, they are living in their busses for 3 years now. People started thinking; why should I need a house that only gives me troubles and costs me money when I can live a good live like this?
They can either travel around their own country, meet new people, see more of their own landscape and work in different places or they park the bus somewhere for a few months and live from there. I really admire their kind of lifestyle but especially how their vision is on life.
Friends and family thought they were crazy when they decided to leave their house and go and live in a bus. They wondered what they would do if one of them got sick? Or what about the children? “You need a house, you can’t live in a bus” was what they all said.
But why not? Why should we have and do everything that people tell us to? Like Steve Jobs once said in a very inspirational interview:
“When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and
you’re life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into
the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.
That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that
other people can use.
Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”
Isn’t that an inspirational thing he said? It’s something that makes you think! I’m not a big Steve Jobs fan or anything. I love his work and design and respect him for that. I think he was not the person I would like to be but I did have incredible good visions.
So back to the bus. Living in a bus.
When you start searching on the internet lots of converted busses come up. But also airstream caravans, trucks, small caravans, wooden trailers, anything that people can covert to a home is available on the web. I would like to show you some inspirational examples of small living spaces which you can move when you want.
The Majestic Bus
This converted Bedford Panorama is totally renovated and ready for guests. The owners rent out the bus for guests who can sleep in it and stay for a few days (or weeks?). Have a look at their website for the prizing.
1959 Chevrolet Viking short bus
Another smaller bus is the Chevrolet Viking. Winkelman Architecture designed the interior of this old retro bus for the owners. I think it looks great and so cosy! Before the conversion the bus could drive 12 passengers but now it is a home for two people. They can covert it to 2 single beds or in 1 queen bed. They even got a sink and toilet on board! Perfect for a holiday right? You would definitely need a shower and kitchen if you want to live in a bus but for a holiday, this bus is amazing!
While looking for inspirational projects I bumped into Hello Bluebird. This blog is a journal about the living and renovation and conversion of a Bluebird school bus from 1991. Casey and Ashlee started converting the bus as a couple and got so far. I think the bus looks great. It has a spontaneous, young, free and relax vibe which I really like. The fact that they didn’t clean up when they took these photos gives you a realistic image of how it is to live in a bus.
Follow their blog Hello Bluebird to see how the process is going!
Living in a bus with children?
The biggest challenge is how to live in a bus with children right? Well this family did it with 4 kids! Doesn’t that take guts? The mama of this family has a great blog called Shalommama and that’s where I’ve got all this information from.
They’ve got everything on board. Bunk beds for the kids, a queen-size bed for the parents, a kitchen, a toilet, shower, etc. They teach their kids at home with a homeschooling program. They are still converting the bus but already living in it. You can follow their whole journey on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or on their blog which is very well done! They give you tips about DIY and before you start converting, take a bus tour on their blog and see how the showers looks or read their amazing post about why you should downsize in life!
Well, I’m totally inspired by all these examples. I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you with so many images and information. I would love to know what you think about DOWNSIZING and LIVING IN A BUS?