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His Epic $10K Short Bus Conversion

Meet Nathan and his amazing skoolie which he built out for under $10K! His budget build has a “Modern Island Vibe,” which includes some cool Hawaiian and Filipino art, rock climbing drawer pulls, and burnt wood accents.

He included a closet for hanging clothes, a rooftop deck, and a few window fans and diesel heaters for a not-too-expensive way to keep comfortable while on the road. Let us know what your favorite part of the build is!

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“Modern Island” Shuttle Bus Conversion: Budget Build

His Epic $10K Short Bus Conversion 3

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He has a huge skylight and a rooftop deck.

His Epic $10K Short Bus Conversion

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He wanted a “modern, island” theme that fit with his Filipino heritage.

His Epic $10K Short Bus Conversion 2

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  • Nathan set out to do a budget build, and he did a great job! He spent $2,200 on the bus and then spent about another $8K finishing out the interior.
  • He chose a “Modern Island Vibe” for the house to reflect his Filipino heritage and his love of Hawaiian culture as well.
  • There’s a fixed twin bed in the back of the bus, under which he has his electrical and solar setup.
  • He has a small kitchen with a marble countertop he got from a friend.
  • His couch space includes tons of storage for his camera gear.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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