What makes a bus a home? A lot of work and a lot of friends… and a lot of work. Thank you to everyone who helped with the bus, from the stripping to the finishing touches! And thanks for all the support from everyone, your excitement about this project has made it a lot more fun and exciting for me and Steve.
Now, let’s take a look at how she turned out…
While you’re looking at the beautiful finished product, Let me tell you what we have been doing since I arrived on Wednesday. Actually, I can’t really remember Wednesday at this point. So let me hit the high points. Curtains had to be made, a stove purchased and installed, drawer and cabinet handles, bedding, shower curtain, cleaning the bus, taking scrap metal to scrap yard, finding out how to get plates on the bus… I know I’m forgetting a lot because we worked very hard. It will come to me….
Notice the beautiful lamp! I brought this over awhile back and Steve made it fit somehow. We hung some artwork to make it look like home.
Kevin and Steve made sure that this table will be sturdy by adding a pull-down leg. The table locks into place when not in use. The entertainment center is made of salvaged wood that Steve pieced together – I love it!
I still can’t believe we got the stove in before the party. We found it on Craigslist on Thursday, and the seller brought it to the house Friday morning. It was installed on Saturday when some strong men showed up who could lift it onto the back of the bus and slide it through the door that was made in the wall just for this purpose. You can see the window above the stove has a screen insert – Steve made several of these to fit on open windows to keep the buggies out… and it fit in the spot that was left for the stove with exactly zero extra room on either side of the stove. It was amazing.
This is one of my favorite things ^^
The washer/dryer is vented on the outside of the bus, and there is an access to the water supply to the left. There are many details that are going to make this bus easier to maintain and live in, I will try to describe these important details as I go.
The closet doors slide open and shut in both directions, and they work beautifully. Notice the extra storage space above with latched doors. I love this. Also notice the butterfly that Kevin put on the wall, which I also love.
Under the bed are several baskets to store things in. You can also see the appliance door in it’s finished form, an LED reading light, and my heater/air conditioner.
The bathroom is huge, which I love. There is a beautiful built in shelf above the back door. You can also see a row of LED lights on the ceiling. There is another row of these above the entertainment center. I think Steve said all the LED lights in the bus use about as much electricity as one regular light.
This door has an original Steve Ward painted on it, and magnets to lock it in place both ways so you can either have just the toilet or the entire bathroom to yourself.
The vented skylight is in just the right spot, above the toilet 😉
The composting toilet box will eventually store an emergency propane heater, which will be kept under the bus in case the power goes out so I don’t freeze my a@@ off. The composting toilet is necessary until I get the bus on the permanent spot in August. If it goes well, maybe I’ll keep it… but there is sewer access on the permanent spot and a real toilet is kind of a nice thing.
The shower is just tall enough for me to stand in it comfortably, and has vinyl walls that look so nice, it turned out really well.
A few things to notice with the beautiful vanity… the pink marble donated by Kevin, beautiful sink that Mary our style director helped pick, the bus mirror that was taken from the front of the bus and formerly used to keep an eye on unruly children, and the reflective insert over the window. These reflective inserts will be used in the heat of the summer to keep the sun out. To the right of the sink on the wall you can just see the electrical box. It is labeled really well. I am supposed to be sure the hot water tank is full before turning it on. Important. There is also a switch to go from 30 to 50 amp depending on my power source.
Here is how much wood was scrapped for this project – amazing
Once the party started, I had no time to take pictures but I did get a shot of band setting up. They were fantastic, thanks guys!! Everyone had a great time.
The next step is getting it road ready – My goal is to return at the end of this month and get a few more things done in order to make this happen, then drive it home. Then there will be another party. 🙂 I also have to paint the outside, which I will do when it is in North Carolina. This adventure is not quite over. Actually, it will continue to be an adventure I suppose, since I now have a home that can travel. 🙂