School’s Out Forever: Crazy DIY Converted Bus Homes

Categories: TinyHouse, Mobility

Is your dream to travel the open road in a beautiful bus renovation? You’re not alone. Many adventurous DIY-ers have turned their wanderlust fantasy into reality. From a groovy guest home to the ultimate road-tripping machine, we’ve rounded up eight of our favorite bus conversion projects. Read on for a look at the most beautiful, versatile, and affordable portable homes perfect for taking you anywhere your heart desires.

Flimsy, factory-made RVs have nothing on these totally customized, cozy buses converted into compact rolling homes. Dusty, run-down clunkers of school buses and city buses may not look like much at first, but creative DIYers transform them into comfortable living spaces complete with wood floors, transforming furniture, wood stoves and full bathrooms with hot showers.

Waldmire Road Yacht

This amazing half-wooden contraption is a converted school bus known as the ‘Waldmire Road Yacht,’ built by Rob Waldmire, who traveled in his handcrafted creation for decades along Route 66. It’s now part of the Route 66 Hall of Fame Museum in Pontiac, Illinois.

Run-Down City Bus Converted to DIY RV

This city bus seemed beyond saving when two Israeli women initially found it, but they saw the bones of their own highly customized DIY RV. The women tore out the interior and gave it a fresh, modern new look with pops of bright color.

Bus to Minimal Mobile Home


Tired of just drafting imaginary buildings in studio courses, architecture student Hank Butitta decided to get his hands dirty: he bought a bus for $3,000 and completely transformed the interior, spending $6,000 to improve it with an array of transforming modular features. Those include a bed system that unfolds in various ways for different sleeping configurations, lots of hidden storage, and seatswiths egret flip-up and slide-out panels.

School Bus Turned Home That Sleeps Ten

‘I think my mom’s reaction was, ‘this isn’t the sixties,'” says co-owner Rachel of the bus she converted with her partner Richard.It may not be conventional, but this living situation allows them to go wherever they please. Buying a school bus cheap gave them a blank canvas, and they designed every detail of their new home – which has transforming beds to sleep up to ten.

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