While your school days may be well behind you, you can relive the joys of your youth in this tiny home that sees a 1969 International school bus converted into a cozy Airbnb rental.
Located in Sooke, British Columbia, Canada, host and owner Miranda saw potential in the former local school bus. The vehicle now sits in a landscaped space, parked beneath a protective roof. Miranda has lovingly decorated the unit with a retro interior design vibe while using salvaged materials from her local community.
The bus is a tiny house that measures about 19 feet long and 7.5 feet wide. The height measures 5 feet and 10 inches at the peak. In this tiny space, Miranda has designed a shower where the driver’s seat used to be and detailed it with tiles she found on the side of the road.
In the center of the bus, a “kitschy” kitchen is equipped with a two-burner propane cookstove, a compost bucket, basic cooking essentials, and mainstream morning starts like oatmeal and tea. Although Miranda wanted to highlight the design theme with a new retro-look refrigerator, the conservationist in her decided to repaint an existing mini-fridge instead to avoid excess product consumption and waste. The countertop for the kitchen was sourced from the discount rack. Another countertop opposite the kitchen was finished with a layer of pennies topped with a protective epoxy coating.
The bus is equipped with an on-demand water system and a small marine heater for temperature control in the well-insulated space. Windows also provide passive cooling.
Throughout the space, budget and environmentally-friendly touches speak to the natural vibe. Wood storage benches cover the wheel wells and serve a dual purpose for seating and storage. There is additional storage beneath the queen bed in the back of the bus. The opening to the storage area is a repurposed TV tray that fits the space or can be removed and set up as a table for eating or playing games.
Along the outside of the bus, a covered deck is adorned with a salvaged school desk and chairs. The upscale outhouse features a striking recycled door and hardware as well as a composting toilet and functional sink. Natural light is provided by recycled glass cut down to make the windows. Nearby, the landscaped lot provides a seating area complete with a fire pit and homegrown herbs for guests to use.
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