≡ Menu

They Got Married and Built a $35k School Bus Tiny House


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.

Don’t miss other interesting tiny homes like this one – join our FREE Tiny House Newsletter for more!

Married College Couple’s DIY Skoolie Home

They Got Married in College & Moved Into Their Converted Bus! 5

Images via @olathebus

Their cute cottage/boho bus kitchen.

They Got Married in College & Moved Into Their Converted Bus!

Images via @olathebus

I love that they made space for fancy coffee.

They Got Married in College & Moved Into Their Converted Bus! 16

Images via @olathebus

The original bus windows let in tons of light.

They Got Married in College & Moved Into Their Converted Bus! 14

Images via @olathebus

They’re welcoming a baby soon!

They Got Married in College & Moved Into Their Converted Bus! 19

Images via @olathebus

Great drawer storage when you first walk in.

They Got Married in College & Moved Into Their Converted Bus! 18

Images via @olathebus

Perfect breakfast bar with a view.

They Got Married in College & Moved Into Their Converted Bus! 7

Images via @olathebus

Their super cozy bedroom in the back of the bus.

They Got Married in College & Moved Into Their Converted Bus! 17

Images via @olathebus

So cute and exciting!

They Got Married in College & Moved Into Their Converted Bus! 2

Images via @olathebus

The white exterior paint is really pretty.

They Got Married in College & Moved Into Their Converted Bus! 4

Images via @olathebus

How it started!

They Got Married in College & Moved Into Their Converted Bus! 6

Images via @olathebus

Read their story below!

They Got Married in College & Moved Into Their Converted Bus! 8

Images via @olathebus

VIDEO TOUR: skoolie tour

Their Story:

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:)

Learn More:

Related Stories:

Our big thanks to Tate for sharing! 🙏

You can share this using the e-mail and social media re-share buttons below. Thanks!

If you enjoyed this you’ll LOVE our Free Daily Tiny House Newsletter with even more!

You can also join our Small House Newsletter!

Also, try our Tiny Houses For Sale Newsletter! Thank you!

More Like This: Tiny Houses | Motorhomes | Bus Conversions | Conversions | Interviews

See The Latest: Go Back Home to See Our Latest Tiny Houses

The following two tabs change content below.

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.
{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Ann
    June 28, 2022, 8:55 am

    ** I would defiantly love to have a home like that , since I don’t have a home yet **

  • Allyson
    June 28, 2022, 3:56 pm

    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.

  • vee
    June 28, 2022, 7:58 pm

    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 — !!

  • Bernadette Jeremiah
    June 29, 2022, 2:32 am

    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
    Sincerely,
    Bernie..

  • Edward Fitzgerald Jr.
    June 30, 2022, 6:42 pm

    That’s the way to go. Now if I only was 50 years younger.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Next post:

Older post: