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Metalworker’s ‘Transcending Existence’ Raised Roof School Bus Home

Wess had the travel bug as a young adult but chose parenthood first. When his boys were getting older, he decided to think about tiny living/travel again and that’s when he stumbled across the school bus that he bought to turn into a house (before they were really Instagram-popular). As a metalworker, he had the skills necessary to build a school bus just how he wanted — and he did!

He spent three years on the road traveling in his conversion before settling in Witchita where he does metalwork for other people’s rigs. His home includes an awesome collection of found-item artwork, a mosaic tub, and tons of beautiful woodworking. Enjoy the tour!

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Metalworker & Artist Transcending Existance in His Roof-Raised Skoolie. 4

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His large wood stove heats the place up quickly!

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Right now he’s mostly stationary after traveling for three years.

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Lots of solar power on the roof!

Metalworker & Artist Transcending Existance in His Roof-Raised Skoolie

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VIDEO: DIY Raised Roof Skoolie


  • Had an uncle who traveled the world
  • Wanted to do the same after high school
  • Ended up having two kids and doing family life
  • Once they were teens, thought about traveling again
  • In 2012, bought the first school bus he found
  • Started building it out
  • Roof Raise
  • Awesome “Found Object” artwork
  • Bed over tool case
  • Mosaic shower and Nature’s Head Composting Toilet

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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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  • Marsha Cowan
    April 26, 2022, 8:52 pm

    Beautiful cabinets and furniture. Very nice build 👍. Looks like home.

  • Victoria Banaszak
    April 28, 2022, 8:14 am

    Awesome! Hi from Derby, KS. I love the woodwork and great storage ideas.

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