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Family of 4 in an Octopus Bus!

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This family of four lives in one of the coolest skoolies we’ve seen, mostly because of the giant, brilliant octopus decal on the side that advertises their jewelry business, “Parking Lot Pirates.” But when you go inside, you’ll find a fun and functional home for a family with two little children.

Incredibly, they chose a futon in the living room so they could host guests if they ever want to! Their boys have bunks in the back of the bus near their queen-sized bed, and a fun net keeps the littlest one safe at night. The kitchen has 8 feet of butcher block and an oven, so they can enjoy meals at home around their custom epoxy table. Enjoy meeting this cool family below!

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Jewelry-Making “Pirate” Family & Their Skoolie

Family of 4 in an Octupus Bus!

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How epic is the decal on the bus?

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These are the bunks, with nautical netting for safety rails.

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The futon looks super comfortable!

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  • The name for the bus is “Crusty,” and they chose this lifestyle because they weren’t ready to settle down after their first pregnancy.
  • It took them two years to convert the bus, and during that time they were living in an RV conversion.
  • They have a bathroom with a handmade copper sink from Morocco and composting toilet (they’ve tried four different ones and settled on this one!)
  • Their dinette doubles as their homeschooling hub, and Danielle’s mom actually designed the awesome epoxy table.
  • In the living room they have a wood burning stove in the corner across from their leather futon.

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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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  • Zen
    June 1, 2024, 6:47 am

    In the recap of the article you state they have a composting toilet, have tried four and settled on this one, but you never said what that toilet was nor showed any photos. What brand composting toilet was it?

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