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Couple Build Debt-free Double Decker Bus Home

Daniel Bond, a self-employed electrician, found it impossible to get approved for a mortgage. So he and his partner decided they would turn a double decker bus into their very own mortgage-free two bedroom home.

Inside it has everything a normal house has. A kitchen, lounge, bar, bathroom, and two bedrooms! And best of all, it’s debt-free. No mortgage? No problem.

Better yet, it’s on wheels, too. So if they ever have a major life change, they can just drive wherever they want or need to go.

Couple Build Debt-free Double Decker Bus Home


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Daniel Bond and Stacey Drinkwater from Canterbury bought the bus for £3,000 and have spent £11,000 installing plumbing, a kitchen and a bedroom.

Video Tour and Story of this Couple and their Double Decker Bus Home

Original story: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-18651140

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  • Lisa E.
    December 30, 2014, 4:32 pm

    God for Stacey and Daniel. Their bus looks great (nice and spacious within a small footprint). Great job. I love to hear stories about people who went around the banks and came out for the better in the long run; no mortgage, no interest, no worries, no foreclosures… whoever said banks were a good thing?
    Good show, young beans!!!

  • Lisa E.
    December 30, 2014, 4:33 pm

    TYPO: Good for “God”.

  • LK
    December 30, 2014, 6:56 pm

    Love it! There will some double deckers available in 10 to 15 years because of that super bus service here in the US. So much space, no mortgage and it still runs – WOW! Be still my gypsy heart. Thanks for sharing this, Alex.

    • Empress Lockness
      April 24, 2015, 10:53 am

      Yes, there will be some Mega buses available in the next several years, that is if they stop getting into accidents.

  • alice h
    December 31, 2014, 6:43 am

    Ever since seeing the Cliff Richard movie Summer Holiday way back when I wanted to live in a double decker bus. Never happened so it’s nice to see someone do it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4usgq-F3YYA

  • Jacki
    January 1, 2015, 10:47 am

    Had a similar idea running around in my head for over 20 years. Everytime I see one on the street or in the movies I think’ “There goes my bus”. Good on them for making something kewl. Also for making not quite so bus-like.

  • Michelle
    January 5, 2015, 4:03 pm

    I especially covet the double decker buses you see driving around DC with the entirely-glass covered tops; it would be supremely beneficial to have a greenhouse upstairs in one’s own movable-tiny home! Kudos, bus dwellers!

    • Brittany
      June 21, 2016, 3:24 pm

      That is GENIUS.

      Love this bus conversion. I think it’s bigger than my apartment.

  • francis o
    January 6, 2015, 1:11 pm

    I will tell you my story very soon. I will get some pics up soon .
    love this Tiny House.
    thank you


  • Mark
    April 23, 2015, 6:04 am

    .. I used to dream about turning a double decker into a home .. I would get tech drawings of AEC and Leyland buses that were ex Sydney Public Transport and draw up all sorts of designs .. I found other interests as I grew up and disposed of all my plans in my late teens .. I now own a 1920’s Melbourne tram that I have on a 1/4 acre in a little country town in Victoria .. Unfortunately I have no money to do anything with it and live a couple of hours or so drive away .. I’d still like a double decker ..

    • Angela
      March 21, 2016, 12:12 pm

      Mark I also own a 1920’s Melbourne tram in a little country town in Victoria! Just outside of Kyneton, converted into 2 bedrooms and lounge area. Would love to see what you’ve done with yours, are there photos online somewhere?

  • Jacque Pebworth
    April 23, 2015, 2:16 pm

    I really love this idea! I have wanted to do this for years. I once saw a double decker bus in a private lakeside USA setting with a paved drive for parking, a fictional bus stop and a red telephone booth with a surrounding of a heavy wooded area to hide an additional cabin behind the bus. Very attractive and pleasing to the eye. What fun to have such bus and home combination!

  • lampini
    April 23, 2015, 2:22 pm

    Believe me, the bus is the EASY part! Now find somewhere to put it where the council won’t be all over you, where the police won’t be REALLY convinced that you’re “new age travellers”. Find the place FIRST is my advice in the UK..

    • Allison
      March 29, 2016, 3:46 pm

      Agree, 100%. Im also in the UK, and it is all but impossible to build tiny houses here due to the crazy Planning laws.

  • Karen R
    April 23, 2015, 3:27 pm

    Resourceful, creative, clever, artistic, brilliant!

  • Greg Burns
    April 23, 2015, 4:02 pm

    Anybody ELSE recall a late-1960’s Saturday Morning Kids show entitled: “The Double Deckers”? Think it was a group of British kids who used an old double decker bus as their club house. Can almost remember the lyrics to that “catchy them song”! LOL!

  • Trish
    April 23, 2015, 6:15 pm

    Can you imagine waking up in that upper deck bed surrounded by beach, mountains, desert??? Love this bus.

    • Eric
      March 22, 2016, 2:36 am

      No… but I could see waking up and seeing Ents… (what you say? Go watch Lord of the Rings to find out then!)

  • Marcy
    April 26, 2015, 8:35 am

    Michelle, I love your idea of a greenhouse on the 2nd level! I was thinking that here’s a loft already built with stairs, but I think your plan might be better.

  • Hugh
    June 11, 2015, 10:36 pm

    Most likely Lampini is right. This bus is so unordinary, many RV parks won’t allow it since it doesn’t conform. You would need your own property to park .

  • Daniel Bond
    October 15, 2015, 3:24 pm

    Thanks to all your comments and wear still happy in our bus

    • Allison
      March 29, 2016, 3:51 pm

      Hi. I am also in the UK. Where do you park it? How on earth did you manage to get round Planning etc? Would love to hear from you.

  • Marsha Cowan
    March 21, 2016, 1:23 pm

    Lovely! Great job so far. Can’t wait to see the progress as you go along. Do keep us posted as you go, and congratulations on the upcoming marriage!

  • June 21, 2016, 5:19 pm

    will to live!

  • kid cardona
    January 22, 2017, 6:36 pm

    would of liked to see more then just three photos….

    • Natalie
      January 23, 2017, 7:16 am

      There’s tons more to learn in the video 🙂

    January 23, 2017, 2:13 pm

    Nice little duplex, tiny house…! If ever they want they can block off the one stair well and lease out the upper flat…! LoL…!

    • Natalie
      January 24, 2017, 6:40 am

      Haha 🙂

  • January 23, 2017, 6:43 pm

    It just amazes me how they can turn a bus into a traveling home! They did a great job! They have lots of space to move around. I love the idea of having an double decker and being mortgage free! Thank You for sharing!?

    • Natalie
      January 24, 2017, 6:14 am

      Me too! And double decker buses are just the coolest hehe.

  • Wilson
    January 31, 2017, 8:36 am

    Dear Sir/ Madam

    We have some used Dennis Trident Air Con Bus for sale from Hong Kong, they are in good condition, fit with high back seat, if interest, please email me

    thx and regards

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