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Half Cab Heaven: Tiny House Bus Conversion

This is another New Zealand tiny house find by travel blogger Jola Josie, which she dubbed “Half Cab Heaven.”

The tiny home on wheels was built from an old Wellington bus that transported people between the 40s and 70s, but has now been converted into a groovy tiny house. It includes a pop-out couch which makes the living room space feel extra large (for the owners’ two dogs), and a staircase leads up to the queen-sized loft bedroom and a roof-top garden. It even has an itty bitty wet bathroom.

Enjoy the video tour and get information on following Jola’s Journey below the pictures!

Related: Minette Short Bus Conversion by Von Thompson Creative

Half Cab Heaven: Tiny House Bus Conversion

Screenshots via YouTube/Jola Josie

A Wellington bus in the 1940s.

That’s the pop-out couch to allow for more living space.

The upstairs bedroom (through the window is the garden).

They framed their flatscreen. What a clever idea!

Screenshots via YouTube/Jola Josie

Related: Off-Grid Housetruck by Horsebox Renovation

Questions? Get more details from the video! 

Video: Half Cab Heaven

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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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  • Cat
    May 29, 2017, 3:11 pm

    I might be in the minority here, but I really prefer pictures of houses that are being lived in over the empty glamour shots of floor models.

    I like seeing how people with actual stuff keep it and deal with the small space. The floor model pictures are pretty, but sterile and don’t give you a good idea of what life in them is like…unless you really only have, like, three books and a few ugly sculptures to put around the place.

  • Eric
    May 29, 2017, 7:01 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness.

    I remember those buses. Bus driver had his own compartment and entrance/exit for him was on the right. Poor sods had hardly any room to move and be comfortable. Passengers entered/exited using the folding doors on the left side of the bus. (NB, NZ is a right hand drive country) Damned uncomfortable to ride on too. Used to ride them when I was in Primary School being transported to another school while ours was being rebuilt. Thank heavens halfway through the rebuild we got switched to the newer buses. Didn’t think there’d be any of these old dungers still serviceable, let alone in use.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 30, 2017, 1:10 pm

      Wow! That’s too funny, Eric! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Vanyel
    December 4, 2017, 3:05 pm

    I had been unconsciously been wondering what it was that new houses lacked. Now I know, character! It may not be for me but I love the vibe of that house!

  • Theresa Perdue
    July 8, 2019, 9:41 am

    I also would rather look at a lived in home verses a empty house. I love this although the way it was shot made it look dark it’s a cozy little home

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