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Double-Decker London Bus Turned Summer Home in…Italy!


Now, this is a fun family project! Roberto and Silvia, along with their daughters Martina and Mayla, transformed a beat-up double-decker London bus (for sale in Italy) into their gorgeous summer home complete with a large porch for eating and relaxing.

The bus is just over 26 feet long and is about 15.5 feet tall. The bottom floor houses their kitchen and living room, while upstairs there’s a full bathroom and two bedrooms: One with bunks for the girls, and another with a queen bed for the couple. All-in-all they spent about $20,000 USD ($18,000 EUR) on the renovation. It’s such a great example of reusing, and creates a super unique home!

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Family of Four Summers in this Double Decker London Bus Transformation!

They really brought the red inside with the futon couch.

The red tile counter tops are a great touch too!

There’s an oven, sink and TV.

Here are the stairs up to the second floor.

A hallway takes you to the bedrooms.

Here’s the girls’ bedroom with bunks.

And the primary room in the back.

The bathroom is the first room you enter upstairs.

Tons of seating on the porch.

Here are some “before & after” photos to enjoy.

Great work!

Wow! What an improvement.

Could you see yourself relaxing here?

It looks pretty cool at night too!

The family with their bus.

VIDEO: Virtual Tour of London Bus Double Decker Transformation

Highlights:

  • London Double Decker Bus
  • Transformed into summer home in Italy!
  • Large porch addition
  • Spent around $20k (USD) on project
  • Two bedrooms (one with bunks, one primary)
  • Full bathroom
  • Spacious kitchen
  • Comfortable living area
  • Family of four

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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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  • Jackie
    July 10, 2020, 12:23 pm

    This is on of my favorite conversions. You could live in it full time. Love the red accents.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 10, 2020, 1:53 pm

      Yes it’s an awesome space! Very livable

  • Richard Lynn Herrington
    July 10, 2020, 2:20 pm

    I wonder if there is any place in the U.S.A. one could buy a double decker bus?

    • James D.
      July 11, 2020, 3:21 am

      Yes, just do a search…

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 13, 2020, 10:54 am

      Hmmm…maybe see which cities in the US use them? None in Boston that I know of…

  • Alison
    July 10, 2020, 6:34 pm

    I love it. The original stairs are great, and are an inspiration for other tiny houses.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 13, 2020, 10:52 am

      I agree. I like having stairs that kind of curve. I think it helps save space well.

  • David Harriman
    July 11, 2020, 4:50 am

    This is a very clever use of space which looks both stylish and practical.
    It is upcycling at it’s very best, and much better than the bus ending up in a scrap-yard somewhere.
    I love it.

    • July 12, 2020, 5:24 am

      Thank you so much

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 13, 2020, 10:51 am

      Exactly! What a great way to give this bus a new life.

  • July 12, 2020, 12:50 am

    thank you all for the compliments received

  • Richard Lynn Herrington
    August 8, 2020, 7:39 pm

    I cannot see where they could have done anything any different to improve on what the did. They all should be very proud of their accomplishments.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 10, 2020, 1:40 pm

      Absolutely!

  • Paul Larsen
    September 6, 2020, 6:53 pm

    This is really great! Giving an old bus a new life! Be nice to see more old buses , motor homes and moving vans reused like this! Who cares if they don’t run. If you have to move, thats why tow vehicles were invented.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 7, 2020, 8:35 am

      Very good point, Paul!

  • Paul Larsen
    September 7, 2020, 12:19 pm

    I forgot to add in the earlier comment , about if the engine is removed , the former engine compartment could be repurposed for holding propane tanks, batteries if on solar or both .

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 9, 2020, 12:36 pm

      Oh what a clever idea!

  • Amber
    January 24, 2021, 10:54 am

    I grew up riding red double deckers in the U.K and ever since I was a child I’ve wanted a live aboard. The stairwell is just such a perfect spot. I love that they’ve rescued this guy. I’m guessing much of the inside was already gutted, but if I were to find one of these treasures, I’d definitely want to keep some of the original interior alive – especially in that stairwell. Whilst in service, there was a little cupboard to contain all the clippies supplies in and beneath it was the luggage stowage – the most perfect little mudroom imaginable! As the drivers cab wasn’t accessible from the main bus, it would be a great place for a mum to hide to eat the unhealthy food I, (I mean, aherm, ‘they’) and grab a quiet five minutes away from the kiddo!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      January 25, 2021, 1:25 pm

      Hahah oh man I need one of those spots in my own house…other than the bathroom LOL

  • January 26, 2021, 11:33 am

    Hi Amber, you are right but unfortunately the bus had nothing in it when I bought it. I would also have liked to leave some pieces as a souvenir

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