Madeover Maine Bus is a Groovy Guest Home on Wheels

by , 03/09/14

Winkelman Architecture, Will Winkelman , Chevrolet Viking Bus makeover, remodelation of buses, tiny homes, architecture, traveling homes, Maine guest homes, recycled materials, interior decoration, repurposed building materials

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.

+ Winkelman Architecture

Via Remodelista

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  1. sophiaelectra May 25, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    I’d love to know how the owners of these buses keep them, “in shape,” mechanically. I have one that constantly needs brake part replacement, and the rubber suffers, from lack of use. Do tell! :)

  2. Joe Jackson January 31, 2014 at 11:13 pm


  3. laura s. January 13, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I have to agree with Larry that living in a bus might be romantical in summer time, but can turn out to nightmare pretty fast. If you really want to go Off The Grid, you should choose something which will make you feel more comfortable.

  4. Jennie Dolbel January 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm


  5. Larry Schodts January 10, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Aesthetically good job. Great in fact … very cute.

    Now try living in it….

    The coldest winter I ever spent in Texas, was in a converted bus. It’d been a family conversion project for camping which got about 3 gallons to the mile ….. After I re-converted it for college life …. we had it moved up to an RV park near my college via a tractor trailer … Four things got very old very fast. Cooking ramen on the tiny fridge-sink-cooktop combo. Being 6’1″ in a 5’11” bus, sucks you develop a hunchback … now try showering…. at 22 years old, No one in an RV park is fun …. and cold. my god it got cold. All those windows surround your bed at the back of the bus …. COLD. I can’t imagine trying to live in a bus conversion in Maine in the winter …. Actually I can and the first word out of my mouth shouldn’t be shared … even on the web.

    Cute job ….. highly impractical.

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