Ben and Tate are the proud owners of this amazing school bus conversion which they call “Ola.” The couple actually purchased the bus in high school and worked on converting it so they would have a home of their own when they got married in July of 2021. Now they are expecting a little boy and plan to raise him “tiny” as well!
Their DIY conversion was done on a budget. They bought the bus for $5k and put between $15k and $20k into the beautification process! Right now they have a spot parked on a ranch, but they travel when they want to and have an awesome home base wherever they take it.
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Married College Couple’s DIY Skoolie Home
Their cute cottage/boho bus kitchen.
I love that they made space for fancy coffee.
The original bus windows let in tons of light.
They’re welcoming a baby soon!
Great drawer storage when you first walk in.
Perfect breakfast bar with a view.
Their super cozy bedroom in the back of the bus.
So cute and exciting!
The white exterior paint is really pretty.
How it started!
Read their story below!
VIDEO TOUR: skoolie tour
Ola is a 40 foot 1992 Thomas school bus. We bought the bus February of 2020 and finished converting it around August of 2020 (we took a 2 month break to finish high school).
I (Tate) moved into it that year and after we got married July 2021 Ben moved in as well! It was a DIY build that was possible because of my handy father as well as a gracious amount of help from family and friends. The school bus was $5,000 and the renovation was about $15-20,000.
At the moment we are at a Ranch in Southern California that we absolutely adore! We have the freedom to come and go as we please and it is close to both the beach and our family. We chose to convert a school bus to live in as a way to afford getting married young while still in college!
Come October, we will be raising our son to know and love living tiny and all the amazing opportunities that come with it. We were both inspired and encouraged by many bus and Van lifers that we met along the way. We value living in a small space of about 320 square feet because we are less likely to spend our money on material items that hold no value.
Instead, we try to save money where we can (including on rent) and travel to make memories that will last a lifetime! One thing we have learned through this process is to take the step, get out there, and just go for it! We want to encourage others contemplating this lifestyle or beginning your build that there will be hard times and there will be good times but if you stay focused on the path the Lord has laid down for you then you are doing the right thing! Also have fun, enjoy the trips to Lowes and the countless hours on YouTube. Thanks so much for reading we appreciate you! Check out our Instagram, TikTok and YouTube:)
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Our big thanks to Tate for sharing! 🙏
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** I would defiantly love to have a home like that , since I don’t have a home yet **
I love your bus house. I would live an in-depth tour. My father turned a bus into a camper it was amazing.I loved it. I had pjs parties and sleep overs my girlfriends all love it.
From what see — a very comfy and well organised space. Like the pull-out storage and good size appliances —– good idea to store pots and pans in the oven of the 4-burner stove!! A smaller, compact counter stove would probably be all they need — !!
Hi!I louie your tiny home. It blew mine when I read how it all started. This is cool, i need more info of how i can get one of this to buy. I live In ky. Please send me news letter. Hope to hear from soon . Thanks in anticipations
That’s the way to go. Now if I only was 50 years younger.
What a lovely bus! I love the way the kitchen turns to define space, and it’s good to see the original bus roof metal and windows being utilized instead of replaced. Those windows are designed to withstand quite a bit of trauma without breaking and are tinted to help keep our sun. There is already about 2 1/2″ of insulation in the bus walls and ceiling, so it does a good job of insulating already, and you gotta’ love that they’re magnetic! I got magnetic frames and hung pics all over my bus. This is a great home. Well done!
Lovely home. The kitchen sink is in an odd place and it looks like it would be uncomfortable to use. I can say this since I once had kitchen sink located in a bad place.