From the outside, it looks like a traditional yellow school bus, ready to ferry kids to class. On the inside, however, the yellow bus has been converted into a simple yet sophisticated home. Owners Julien Lafaille and OPhelia Kwong decided to forego expensive city living in favor of a less costly lifestyle.
Far more spacious than it seems from the outside, the bus offers just the right amount of space for a small family or couple who doesn't require much room, but still enjoy an aesthetically pleasing nook, complete with skylights that let in natural light and give the bus an open, airy feel.
Step into the bus (using the real wooden door!) and you will immediately feel at home. Built-in bookshelves at the front of the bus provide convenient storage space, and a hanging rod and hidden cabinet where the driver's seat once was offers room for clothes and jackets. Hidden cabinets and compartments add space for shoes and other items.
Before you enter the kitchen, you'll see a small, cedar lined bathroom and shower, complete with a skylight and environmentally friendly composting toilet. Not to worry, the bus has electricity, hot water, insulation, and heaters to keep inhabitants toasty year round.
Once you're inside the bus, you'll be surprised how roomy it feels, which seems almost a contradiction to the outside of the structure. The front portion of the bus features a small but fully functional kitchen, including a propane range/oven, a washing machine, and dryer, cast iron sink, and a refrigerator in order to meet all of your needs.
Gorgeous wooden countertops add warmth, and shelves above the appliances make room for spices and dry goods.
The living/seating area offers enough space for a full sized sofa, and a built-in table and two chairs seat two comfortably. Hardwood floors look elegant and polished, and the wood-trimmed interior feels rustic and cozy. The owners were going for a 'log cabin' feel.
The table features a foldout portion which creates even more space, making room for six dinner guests to eat, then folds under after dinner is done.
The back of the bus functions as the bedroom. There is enough room for a queen-sized bed and plenty of room on either side. The bed can also pull double duty as additional seating space for guests. Above the bed, there is a hidden wardrobe with rods to hang clothing as well as shelves for folded items. Shelves on either side offer even more space.
This peaceful home seems to defy space to provide owners with a getaway that can be parked anywhere (the bus is still drivable) and provides all the amenities of a real home without the added expenses of running a traditional home. After living in their creation for two years, the original owners put the bus on the market in 2015 and it sold to its new owners shortly thereafter.