This is a converted school bus that Sarah Szymczak, her husband Ed, and their four kids live in.
Sarah says, “I never thought we would own a school bus. Yet, it does not surprise me that we do. We’re always up for an adventure, always open to venturing outside of the norm. Two creative parents. Four fun loving kiddos. And a whole lot of wild and crazy dreaming.”
I hope you enjoy learning how this family converted an old school bus into a fun, crafty and cozy tiny home for six! So I’ll let Sarah take you on their journey to school bus living below.
We want our children, our family, to be grounded in a lifestyle that isn’t about the next big purchase, but rather the next experience that feeds the core of who we are. So, we bought a bus. Here’s how that happened…
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Family of 6 Living Tiny in Converted School Bus
Images © Simply Mothering
My husband came home from his clinic shift one evening (he’s in his 5th and final year as a naturopathic medical school student) with a kitchen sink…for the bus that we had yet to own at that point. Three weeks later, we purchased our new-to-us bus through an online government auction and drove it home. Why?
There were a few reasons for choosing the bus. The adventure and simplicity of bus living was at the forefront. What an experience for our family! We also own a home in MN (we live in Seattle, WA) and rent a home here. The cost of converting a bus to a tiny home is less than what we pay for a year’s worth of rent and utilities here, so we figured.. why not?
It’s a financially responsible move that allows us the freedom to focus on life experiences. We also thought that during my husband’s last year of medical school it would be wonderful to move to the community we plan to open his practice in (and an offer to park our bus home on some land in the VERY place we planned to move, came up during our first week of bus talk – oh how I do love when intentions manifest in ways we least expect!).
We have committed to one year of bus living, one year of living simply in the company of those we love most. If all goes well, we will head into year two on the bus. Our hope is that we will eventually be able to purchase land, build a permanent tiny home, and live mortgage-free. We envision the bus being retired as a guest house/travel vehicle someday, unless we are too in love with bus living to let it go.
Therein lies some of the adventure! We’re not sure what is in store for us, but we’re certain that the bus “feels right” and we’re sure that this will be a life changing experience.
Images © Simply Mothering
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