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$1500 School Bus Tiny House Conversion

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This is a school bus tiny house conversion in Florida.

It was converted in three weeks for less than $1,500 in materials.

On the outside, it’s painted in copper paint.

Inside, you’ll also notice copper paint accents to add to the theme.

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$1500 School Bus Tiny House Conversion

1500 School Bus Tiny House Conversion

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Video 1: $1500 School Bus Tiny House Project

Video 2: Updated Walkthrough of the Bus

School Bus to Tiny House Conversion Part 1

School Bus to Tiny House Conversion Part 2

School Bus to Tiny House Conversion Part 3

School Bus to Tiny House Conversion Part 4

School Bus to Tiny House Conversion Part 5


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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • June 23, 2016, 9:57 am

    How many string lights do you have on your TH? I got the string lights four cords that connect to one solar panel. I have not put them in yet do to my gen is 4 K. And my kitchen is going to run about 3.5 K when I cook. So I have ac unit in front, dvd, flat tv , a wall of speakers 9 sets 600 watts. Tons of tools.

  • David Remus
    June 23, 2016, 12:55 pm

    Practical can be very inexpensive if pretty isn’t a top priority. Save the money for gas.

    Cozy enough for the journey.

  • Marsha Cowan
    June 23, 2016, 5:17 pm

    I don’t have time for videos..any way to get some pictures of the finished product instead? Thanks!

    • Terressa Kennedy
      June 23, 2016, 11:59 pm

      You’re kidding, right??? The videos don’t take that long to watch and are self explanatory.

      • Alex
        June 24, 2016, 11:14 am

        Sorry Marsha, no pictures on this one but if you have time later it really is worth a watch. He’s really creative and makes use of some really cool stuff to make the bus home.

    • Large Marge
      October 6, 2016, 10:31 pm


      We’re together on that one. As soon as we saw the 10:23 as we started the first vid, we zoomed ahead to about the six-minute mark. Snoring in the peanut gallery.

      Edit, please! Tighten the script! We know your build is probably interesting, so could it be covered in three minutes? Including credits?

      Before we plan any presentation, we remember the axiom:
      The mind can only absorb as much as the seat can endure.

  • Granny Goose
    June 27, 2016, 1:40 am

    You’ve done a beautiful job. I like the look of the torched then varnished plywood. Although I was a little surprised to see you torched it inside your bus…dear brave creative builder! Love it!!!

    • Natalie
      October 7, 2016, 5:25 am

      Haha those risk-takers! Glad you liked it — Tiny House Talk Team

    October 10, 2016, 10:18 pm

    Another of my favorite tiny houses on wheels….! School Buses, and this gentleman shows the perfect example…! You don’t have to be rich to do a school bus conversion, and you shouldn’t have to pay a fortune for one either… Take your time and move into it you will make the changes as need I’m sure…! The cost of a decent school bus shouldn’t really cost you a whole hell of a lot if you are sharp, and it should have a decent running motor as well as wheels with rubber on them.. From there it’s all down hill…! No rocket scientist education needed, just a clear picture of what you want to build or expect to have when you are done.. Remember this thing moves, so it has to be bolted down to stay, and the rest can be found at the scrap yard and local boat supply, or on line… Hay I almost moved into one if it was not for my father in-law to be…!

    • Natalie
      October 11, 2016, 8:33 am

      School buses make great homes! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Larissa
    October 27, 2016, 1:57 pm

    I love your fridge/freezer setup! I spent some time looking at chest freezer conversions, but was so torn because I rely on freezing so much. Your way really seems ideal! Thank you for the suggestion!

    • Natalie
      October 28, 2016, 8:06 am

      Glad you liked it — Tiny House Talk Team

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