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Lara and Julian began their tiny living journey hoping to stay free after years of school, but eventually ended up doing “normal life” with jobs and rent and typical work hours.

In 2019, the two environmentalists decided to take the plunge into a skoolie conversion, creating a space to use as a studio where Lara makes artwork and sustainable clothing to sell, their storefront, and even a spot to sell eco-friendly coffee! They host beach clean-ups and do other awesome work to protect the planet. Read their story below!

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Bus Turned Rolling Studio, Café, and Store (& Home)

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Sarah had been dreaming of a nomadic lifestyle since she was 14-years-old, but it took crashing her beloved JEEP to push her into making it a reality. With the insurance money from the accident, she was able to get a jumpstart on her school bus conversion.

Originally she thought of dealing with the lower bus height, but then had the brilliant idea to attach a boat to the roof in order to give her space. A lot of putty and FlexSeal later and her “Adobe Casita” tiny home was really coming together! Enjoy getting to meet her in the tour below.

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Fulfilling Her 14-Year-Old Self’s Nomadic Living Dreams

She Used a Boat to Raise Her Bus Roof! 2

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During his senior year of college, Stefaan spent his class periods scrolling through Marketplace searching for a bus that he and his buddies could hop into and trash during the summer they graduated. But once Stefaan found his rig and started putting in the hours fixing mechanical issues, rust problems and water damage, he simply couldn’t imagine letting it become a frat house on wheels.

So he turned it into his home, instead. The result is a gorgeously-finished home complete with cool features like an electric lock for his fridge, a shower with a self-cleaning door, and an awesome roof-deck. He’s a photographer by trade, catching great pictures all over the country.

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Stefaan’s Short Bus with a Real Door

The Bibia Bus 3

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Meet Matthew, a restaurant chef with a super amazing skoolie he built out over two years with his dad. While he doesn’t travel the world, he enjoys his budget build and staying stationary, doing the job he loves! He is opening a new restaurant, as well, which is super awesome.

Inside the skoolie you’ll find a large couch (he wanted to be able to take naps on the couch), amazing live-edge counter tops, a huge kitchen sink and a magnetic knife rack with LOTS of knives. He also has a full bed and an office area in the back.

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A Not-So-Tiny Kitchen Worth Coveting!

Restaurant Cook & His Full-Time Stationary Bus Life 2

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This is Jax Austin’s amazing school bus home — and it’s his second build-out! He has been on the road for about 5 years now, including during the pandemic and through a year+ of cancer treatments.

On top of his skoolie sits a party deck complete with a golfing green. Inside he has gorgeous live-edge countertops that “waterfall,” and his bathroom includes a prototype composting toilet from a friend.

Jax’s interview is inviting and informative, and he has plenty of advice for what works and what doesn’t in a school bus. Enjoy the Tiny House Giant Journey tour below!

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His School Bus Conversion with Putting Green Roof

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A few years ago, AnSperry saw #buslife on Instagram and was hooked — but it wasn’t until COVID hit and she lost her job that she decided at last to jump into a skoolie and “follow the universe” wherever it leads her.

She’s been bus-ing it since October, and named her conversion “This Poet’s Journey.” The interior features her own artwork and a lovely color pallet of white and copper. She has a queen-sized bed in her room, along with a large open shower stall made from leftover tiles.

Tiny Home Tours has blessed us with a video tour of her place which you can watch below, and be sure to follow AnSperry on Instagram.

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“Following the Universe” in Her Painted Bus Conversion

She’s a Poet on a Journey in Her Skoolie

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Luke’s bus might have the most gorgeous paintjob I’ve seen! The sunset, the mountains, the large tree with mature roots. Stunning.

For the past 2.5 years, “The Digital Nomad Guy” (@thedigitalnomadguy/Instagram) has been traveling the country in his converted school bus. While the bus was partially built out when he bought it, he finished up the interior (and exterior) and made it his home on wheels.

Luke got in touch with us looking to show off his build, so be sure to enjoy the photo tour and read what he wrote at the end of the post (including his top advice for those wanting to go tiny).

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2.5 Years on the Road in a Mural-Painted Skoolie

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Bob has always loved buses since he was 8 years old, in particular, Gillig school buses. He’s driven some 350 buses in his life, and now he’s living in his 1977 Gillig that he DIY-ed into a tiny house complete with a full recording studio with toilet vocal booth.

Retired from the schooner industry, he used his boat-building know-how to create a stunning home with self-planed locust wood. He wants to use his later years to enjoy traveling the US and seeing what he didn’t while “having careers” and “raising a family.” Too cool!

Enjoy the video tour from Tiny Home Tours below. Love this build!

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Yes, He Has a Full Recording Studio In His Skoolie!

DIY Gillig Bus Conversion – Retired Boat Builders Tiny House On The Road 5

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For a $15,000 total investment, Isaac went from van short roof van to an awesome diesel short bus he’s been living in and out of for about a year and a half.

His bus features an epic roof-top deck, a back deck, and a very creative — if a bit primitive — shower/toilet set up! His $30 live-edge countertop is one of his favorite features in the bus and it’s easy to see why.

He’s also a pleasure to listen to, and says his favorite part of bus life is the community and the people he’s met along the way. Watch his interview with Tiny Home Tours below!

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Check Out Isaac’s Upgrade from Van Life to Bus Living!

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