Although not necessarily a novel concept at this point, retired bus renovations are always popular among Inhabitat readers. Architects like Maine's Will Winkelman of Winkelman Architecture are leading the way by combining architecture and design with transportation remodeling. Winkleman's Maine Bus started out as a trashed 1959 Chevrolet Viking short bus, but now it's a cozy mint green cottage on wheels that is not only fully liveable and mobile, but has a groovy new look to boot.
Complementing the micro home movement, bus renovations allow people to not only minimalize their lifestyle, but enjoy the benefits of traveling while doing so. The Maine Bus renovation was built for a client looking for multiple transportation options for family or group outings as well as something that could be used as an extra guest bedroom. The result is a beautiful and versatile traveling cottage, complete with plumbing, power and quite a bit of style.
The bus was so rundown before the makeover that Winkelman had to rebuild almost the entire bus, and certainly all of the mechanical aspects. In keeping with the authentic vintage style, however, he tailored all new body parts to the original framework.”The bodyshop lifted the body off and tenderly restored it to its original self,” says Winkelman, “sometimes fabricating replacement parts, sometimes sourcing salvaged parts on the web.”
Despite the beautiful exterior, the kitschy retro vibe found on the inside is the makeover’s star. Winkelman’s client had a clear vision for the interior design – a “funky, hippy, Moroccan vibe” which, in turn, gave a new and vibrant personality to the bus. The sixties vibe is complete with multi-colored beads, tassel lamps and Moroccan-style prints.
The interior building materials were also used for their retro quality. Quarter-sawn white oak was used for the interior millwork for its calming sixties-style aesthetic, and the floor is comprised of of durable salvaged heart pine, installed using the original surface of the resawn boards in order to give it the weathered look of the original flooring.