I can’t begin to list all the ways this vent is going to make tiny home living more awesome. Thanks Steve!!!!
As my Aunt Sue lovingly pointed out when she heard about this project “you’ll freeze your ass off in that tin can!!” I assured her that I will do no such thing. As part of this plan to not freeze my ass off, Steve and I found a spray foam insulation kit on E-Bay and this weekend Steve applied the insulation. And finally, followers get a glimpse of the man behind the madness… Worker Steve. He works, and his name is Steve. Some of you know him, others wonder who this crazy man is… well I guess those of us who know him also wonder. Anyhoo, he looks dashing in his Hazmat suit, doesn’t he? A bonus: he’s also prepared for an Ebola outbreak.
But before Steve could spray, we had to prepare the bus. Here is where all those episodes of Scandal and Dexter paid off…
We also cleaned and covered the back door so we can spray paint it shiny white. I’m thinking about adding a stencil graffiti on the bottom left… any ideas?
Here is a shot of the spray kit. It came with a 14 page list of safety precautions… Hazmat suit not included.
I love the way the bus looks like the inside of a pillow with the insulation in! So warm and cozy….
Here is the second part of making the tin can warm… reflective insulation.
Another item of interest… here is the butcher block counter top which will go on one side of the kitchen.
We have two donations as well. Kevin is going to bring us some lovely marble for the other kitchen counter, and Mark is donating a kitchen sink. Thanks guys, you are making our budget happy!!
After only a few weeks of hard labor, the grunt work is done! Before we move on to the fun part, here is a recap of recent events…
The bus is completely cleaned out and prepped for building!
An important part of this conversion is making sure that rust will not be a problem.
We spent a buttload of money at Lowe’s over the weekend. This was quite a task… Steve built our shopping cart for hours and we were finalizing when a glitch in the Lowe’s website caused our shopping cart to EMPTY before we could complete the transaction! So Steve made a call and after a lengthy and very civilized conversation with a Lowe’s representative we got it worked out and Steve got us 10% off for our troubles. Not Bad.
Mary and I found some nice beadboard at the Restore which we will use on the ceiling.
Steve and Mary found a great deal on some nice flooring at a salvage shop in Woodbury.
Garey came over to look at the engine, but the batteries would not cooperate. More on that later.
We saved a few hundred dollars this weekend! Also checked in with the chickens….
…and spent some time in the studio.
And now for The Fun Part! …
The past few weeks has been filled with lots of “grunt work.” I wish I could be there doing the grunt work. I think it would be fun, though Steve assures me that it is not as much fun as I think….
It’s pretty much looking worse and worse! In the meantime, Steve and I are talking sink, cabinets, fridge… Mary is holding out for a fancy refrigerator/freezer with drawers and has picked out some beautiful paint. It’s fun to be planning this with them. If anyone has suggestions about where to find re-purposable (I made up a word) base cabinets, sinks, those kinds of things please let me know. I also need a good used sewing machine to make some simple curtains.
The first step in a bus conversion is gutting the bus. For this you need some willing grunt workers who still have the youthful ideal that just about anything can be fun! I wish I could have been there last weekend when this was going on.
On Saturday Garey and Kelsey showed up, and I regret to say I have no pictures of them at work, at least none that have been approved for sharing on the internet. The Sunday crew: Steve, Kelsey, Tyler, Austin, Stephen and Chelsea. They showed up and unscrewed countless screws, wrestled bolts and seats and metal siding…
Thank you to the demolition crew! Next steps: remove the floor, then paint the whole thing with some really expensive paint.
Welcome to my bus conversion! At the request of some awesome friends I am going to keep everyone up to date on this project via this blog. So let me start by saying I made a decision to build a tiny home. Now on to the rest….
About two weeks ago I bought a bus at an online auction. The bus was in Shelbyville TN, and the auction was at govdeals.com. I had a friend of a friend, who is now a friend (thanks Randall and Kevin!), drive over and check it out to be sure it was worth bidding on, and after a thumbs up from Randall the bidding began. I planned to spend about $3000, so when I won the auction at $2125 I was pretty stoked! Last weekend I drove over to Tennessee and spent some quality time with my daughters, Kelsey and Taylor, and my friends Steve and Mary. Kora traumatized Steve’s chickens and I got to watch the first episode of the new season of Walking Dead. Steve cooked some great meals, Mary refused to let me help her clean, and there was football and laying around doing nothing. It was fabulous, and we discovered that chickens do have short term memory.
On Monday Kelsey and I drove over to Shelbyville and picked up my bus. After a quick tutorial and practice run around the neighborhood with one of the bus drivers (basically, don’t hit a stop sign when you’re turning and don’t pump air brakes, and it looks like you need to stay right but actually you need to stay left.) I drove it back to Steve and Mary’s back yard…
Anyhoo…. The bus is a 2000 International diesel, 60 passenger bus. The living space will be about 220 square feet. It has 98,000 miles on it and runs well. I chose a bus because it costs less than a trailer bed and it already has an engine, and I can use it as an RV when I no longer need it to live in. Also it’s way more romantic than an RV. Yes I just said that.
I am SO happy for all the love and support for my tiny home project. More to come….