If you're a traveler at heart but long for a cabin in the woods, you'll love this tiny portable home made from a former school bus. Designed and built by Steven Selby, this groovy bus-turned-home is clad in salvaged wood and channels the spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Constructed from mostly salvaged and secondhand materials, the bus cost Selby less than $3,000 to build.
A long-time traveler, Selby had long entertained the idea of a bus conversion, but the decision to purchase a $3,000 school bus to fix up owed more to happenstance than it did to long-term planning. After teaming up with Brent McGregor, a furniture maker in Sisters, Oregon, Selby set off on a year-long effort to transform the blue short bus into a cozy cabin on wheels.
Using a Sawzall, Selby first cut away an upper portion of the bus, replacing the cutout with a series of two by fours to raise the height of the roof. He then covered the wooden frame with chipboard and a curvaceous shingle pattern reminiscent of the 1960s art styles. Inside, leftover cedar cuttings clad the interior walls and strips of found old growth redwood cover the ceiling. The furniture, such as the table and countertop, were also made from salvaged wood. Stained glass purchased from secondhand shops in Bend, Oregon, were used for the windows, and other furnishings were found from garage sales.
Fully furnished, the converted bus houses a loft bed, kitchen, living area, bathroom, as well as a small wood burning stove. Selby, who briefly toured the Pacific Northwest in his self-made mobile house, has since sold the converted bus and currently resides in Belize.
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