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Couple Turn a School Bus into a Tiny House in 10 Days

This is a 1979 GMC Blue Bird school bus that doubles as a vintage store and road-tripping DIY motorhome for British Columbia couple, Marco Khalil and Caroline West.

Inside what seems to be an ordinary looking school bus there are vintage accents that the couple have picked up along the way throughout their adventures. Inside the bus you’ll find a bed, cabinets for storage and a sitting area to make it a comfortable place to relax and rest after a long day on the road. Notice the custom curtains that flip up to the ceiling when not in use. What a great yet simple idea, right?

The couple removed all the seats from the bus and the full renovation only took them ten days to complete! And of course there is a name for the bus. It’s Riley. Marco and Caroline use Riley as a backyard cabin on their property when they are not on the road searching for more vintage treasures and fun experiences. How’d you like getting to live in a DIY school bus motorhome while on the road? Either way please enjoy and re-share below. Thank you!

Couple’s Vintage Treasure School Bus Tiny House


Images © Caroline West

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Images © Caroline West


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Andrea is a contributor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the Tiny House Newsletter! She has a passion for sharing tiny and small house stories and introducing you to new people, ideas, and homes.
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  • L
    August 5, 2015, 4:24 pm

    What is the height on the interior of the bus?

  • Zackem
    August 5, 2015, 7:38 pm

    Another bus… And a great start on a truly mobile home…!

  • Karen Davis
    August 8, 2015, 3:16 am

    The flip up curtains. Yep, great idea, especially the one with a map on it. Great idea for not just maps but calendars and schedules and such as well. As I am outfitting my new motor home for a full-time nomadic lifestyle, I find that looking at and reading about the homes others have either built and/or live in gives me much inspiration.
    10 Days! WOW!!!

  • kelly
    August 9, 2015, 11:32 am

    LOVE this! Vintage colors and accents make this and all done in 10 days?! I hope to have something similar one day..Bravo

  • Marcy
    August 10, 2015, 12:46 pm

    Love seeing a small space that isn’t all built in stuff but contains actual furniture.

  • Beverly McCarter
    August 11, 2015, 9:34 pm

    I would love to know, if I am not being to personal….how much was the bus and seperately, how much were the renovations?

  • Karen
    August 13, 2015, 1:07 pm

    Love, love, love this!!! They did a marvelous job.

  • September 20, 2015, 12:47 am

    This is super… and I love the short time of the conversion. My biggest concern is this: bathroom & shower???? How does one do a bath and shower in a bus?

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