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How this Guy Converted a School Bus into his own Mortgage-free Cabin

Ever wanted to convert a school bus into an off-grid cabin?

When Max was a little kid he grew up across the street in a log cabin.

Today he has two homes. The first is in the city in a tiny apartment.

And his other home is this school bus converted into an off-grid tiny cabin.

He goes there on the weekends to see his mom and to enjoy nature.


Photo Credits YouTube/Faircompanies

I encourage you to enjoy the rest of the tour below:



Kitchenette in the Bus


Yes it has running water. Everything works!

Interior of School Bus to Tiny Cabin Conversion


Exterior of the Bus Cabin


And yes, that’s a propane water heater for the outdoor shower which you can see in the video below.

Tiny Solar Panel System


Photo Credits YouTube/Faircompanies

Only thing that’s really missing to complete it as a home is a bathroom.

But if you were there you can choose to go in nature, build an outhouse nearby or go visit mom!

Watch the Video Tour & Interview

Max also helps out his mom with duties around the house and the homestead while he’s there on the weekends so it turns out to be a perfect exchange. And with the bus on the property he has his own space and so does she.


Read the original story here and watch the video on YouTube here.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • di September 15, 2013, 1:19 pm

    Wish I could still live with my Mom…

    • david July 11, 2014, 5:25 pm

      Me too..

    • Tim-May April 27, 2015, 2:07 pm

      To quote the late Thornton Mellon, “And so, to all you graduates, as you go out into the world my advice to you is … don’t go!”

  • Michael September 16, 2013, 1:13 pm

    This is exactly the heart of a tiny house. A tiny house by definition is not and should not be a palace. If you think it’s an eyesore, you’re missing the point.
    It is un-fortunate that the tiny house movement has become some what of a custom car show.
    This man has it together. Closer to the natural world. More life with less stuff. The ability to tackle the everyday adversities of life without “calling the man”, and throwing money at the problems.
    I wish I could still live with my Mom too, sincerely.

    • david July 11, 2014, 5:28 pm

      Yes Michael, I agree.

    • Lisa E. April 26, 2015, 11:26 am

      Sorry, but I don’t agree. I think the Tiny House Movement should be broad enough to accommodate as many tastes as possible. Would I live in this squalor? Nope. Will I be building my own THOW? Yup. And will my THOW look like a real home? You betcha!

      We have to meet certain size requirements to be or stay off-grid and be road worthy and we also want to have an eye toward being ecologically friendly by keeping our carbon footprints down, but after that I say anything goes. I want a place that doesn’t make me feel that my life had dead ended in a dump. I want a home that I can be proud of and be happy in. I want a home that is a home. So, I say, “To each his own.”

  • Rebecca October 4, 2014, 12:38 pm

    I like it. Too many small houses are overkill, just like big houses. Besides, as a woman I would endlessly tart it up and have fun with that. I love the outdoor tub… must add one at home.
    That said, looks like I will have enough to start my simple cabin in the NM mountains. It is nearly 600 sf but 1/4 is greenhouse. Flat and wheelchair/walker accessible. I had to have a full kitchen for cooking/food pres from my garden and because it ain’t home without one. Straw bale, passive solar, wood stove, composting toilet, root cellar, greenhouse. Below freezing last night… but come May….

    • Sandi B April 27, 2016, 1:12 am

      Rebecca, you go girl — be all that you can — you will have a terrific home designed to your wants and needs. Please, show us pictures, would love to see them. God Bless!

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