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Their 40-ft. School Bus Conversion with a Wood Stove

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The day after they got married, Nik turned to Lauren and said they should renovate a bus, live in it, and travel the country. Only 6 weeks later, they had purchased the biggest bus they could find and got to work! In retrospect, they think 28 feet would have been manageable and slightly easier to find parking spots for.

As is, the bus is about half the size of the 700 square foot apartment they lived in during lockdown. They were well-adjusted to living and working in a small space, so it wasn’t a hard transition. Besides being wonderfully functional, their bus home is stunning, with black tiles, butcher block countertops, and pine ceilings. What’s your favorite feature?

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They Included a Recirculating Shower & Giant Dog Nook

Couple & Their Dogs Convert a 40 Ft Skoolie with Wood Stove 3

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The couple used a roof raise in the back of the bus.

Couple & Their Dogs Convert a 40 Ft Skoolie with Wood Stove

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They chose to remove the old windows and replace some with RV windows.

Couple & Their Dogs Convert a 40 Ft Skoolie with Wood Stove 2

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VIDEO: Couple’s DIY Raised Roof 40 Ft. School Bus


  • Couple survived living during lockdown in 700 square feet
  • About a month after getting married, bought a school bus!
  • Recirculating shower
  • Wet bathroom
  • Not enough power for induction, got propane stove later
  • Wood stove for heating
  • Special nook/dog bed behind their bed
  • Couch turns into queen bed
  • Dinette for two

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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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  • Marsha Cowan
    June 6, 2022, 6:14 pm

    This is such a beautiful bus from design to decorating. Absolutely lovely! You have great taste and great ideas. Thanks for sharing with us.

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