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Amazing School Bus Conversion on a Budget


Tessa and Jacob from The Free to Wander Bus built this epic skoolie conversion for about $12,000 CAD ($9,244 USD), including the cost of the bus, new tires, and mechanical work to get it on the road.

The couple are firm believers in reducing their environmental footprint, which is why they decided to try living in a small space.

They have a cozy sitting area that doubles as a guest bed, a dining table with two stools, a spacious kitchen with a simple plumbing setup and lots of counter space, a wood stove for heat, and a double bed at the back, separated from the main living space by two large closets.

Couple’s Amazing Skoolie Bus Conversion on a Budget!

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They used reclaimed and second hand materials for most of the build, including barn wood from Jacob’s family farm, and hardware from a second hand boutique where Tessa worked.

Jacob built all of the cabinets and the countertops by hand, and Tessa sewed all of the curtains.

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The feeling of walking into a space that’s built and decorated with natural, non-toxic materials is very refreshing and beautiful.  For a full tour, check out the video below!

VIDEO: Most Amazing School Bus Tiny House Conversion on a Budget – Full Tour

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Danielle Chabassol
Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.

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  • David Wohlfeil May 8, 2018, 1:41 pm

    Be safe switch that stove pipe to triple wall. I would hate to learn that we lost you to fire your bus to a fire.

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