On the Hank Bought A Bus website, a fascinating look at the progress of a school bus being converted into a comfortable home on wheels. Hank recently finished his Masters in Architecture at the University of Minnesota, and this bus conversion is his Master's Final Project. The bus is looking great, the woodwork remarkable and the flexibility of the furniture well thought out and comfortable.
In architecture school I was tired of drawing buildings that would never exist, for clients that were imaginary, and with details I didnt fully understand. I prefer to work with my hands, exploring details thoroughly, and enjoy working/prototyping at full scale. So for my Masters Final Project I decided to buy a school bus and convert it into a tiny living space. This was only possible because I was fortunate enough to have an instructor, Adam Marcus , who encourages working at full scale, and allowed me take on such an ambitious and unorthodox project.
The bus was purchased on Craigslist for $3000, and has had about $6000 in improvements. Its not pocket change, but its less than a down payment on a home, and its less than I paid in tuition for my last semester of grad school. The majority of the work was completed in 15 weeks, just in time for my final review (although the first seven weeks were almost entirely design and prototyping, with the bulk of the construction completed in the last month and a half of the semester).
Its not an original premise, but I dont feel the opportunities have been explored very thoroughly and I wanted to show people the the potential in converting an existing vehicle.
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