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What happens when you take an iconic London double decker bus and turn it into a home? A stylish 544-sq-ft sanctuary. A couple in the UK, ...



What happens when you take an iconic London double decker bus and turn it into a home? A stylish 544-sq-ft sanctuary.

A couple in the UK, Charlie MacVicar, 26, and her boyfriend Luke Walker, 27, decided to move in together but didn’t want to be tied to a mortgage. They considered several alternative home options, including a converted shipping container or a renovated RV, but ultimately settled on a double-deck bus, which offered more space.




In 2017, the couple purchased a red Go-Ahead London Volvo Plaxton bus for £2,500 (about $3,435 USD). The bus was still transporting passengers just a few months before the purchase!

After the buy, the couple invested about £15,000 ($20,600) into renovations. It took about a year and, with help from friends, family, and professionals, they turned the bus into a liveable space. The bus is parked on Charlie’s father’s farm in Essex, where the couple pay a small fee to use the land. It’s adjacent to a pond, and a small pen where the couple keep their two goats.





The bus’s downstairs area has a full kitchen with an oven, stove, microwave, fridge, farmhouse sink, and counterspace. There is also a washing machine and a dining table with space for 3 people, plus a living room with a wood burning stove and a small workspace.

The home’s bathroom has a toilet and sink. Upstairs, the couple added a free-standing Victorian claw-foot tub in the bedroom, which had to be lifted in through an emergency door by crane. Also upstairs is the bedroom and a dressing area. 






The bus is connected to electricity, water and wi-fi, and gas gets delivere. The bus is also still drivable, giving the couple the option to move it as needed.

The only major concern on the bus is temperature control. It isn’t insulated and the couple say it gets very cold in the winter, despite heaters and the wood burning stove, and quite hot in the summer. Despite the blip, the couple says moving into the double decker is the best decision they’ve ever made. 

You can follow the couple's Instagram here, where they document their life on the bus!






 
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Haliburton, ON // $179 - 241 a night // via Cabinscape " Baylight Cabin offers a clean, minimalist, rustic, and open-concept space des...


Haliburton, ON // $179 - 241 a night // via Cabinscape

"Baylight Cabin offers a clean, minimalist, rustic, and open-concept space designed for 1-3 guests. This lakeside cabin shares the same lake with its sister cabin, Bone Cabin, but sits on the edge of an isolated bay of the lake, offering guests a serene, private oasis in the forest, with a dock that extends far off the shore for wild sunset views in the evening and dreamy sunrise views in the morning. To beat the heat, go for a swim right off the dock for a clean, refreshing dip. Guests looking for an adventure can take our canoe out and explore the lake or hit the trails in Haliburton Forest. Baylight Cabin comes equipped with a 4-burner stove; mini-fridge; BBQ; queen and twin bed; and an indoor bathroom/shower." - Cabinscape 












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Hella, Iceland // 237 Sq Ft // $542/night


Hella, Iceland // 237 Sq Ft // $542/night

A tiny house designed and built to help its owner live a more minimal lifestyle. 


A tiny house designed and built to help its owner live a more minimal lifestyle. 

Broward Build // Columbus, OH // 315 Sq Ft // $118,000 The Homestead is a fully loaded, luxury tiny house from Ohio-based builder, Broward ...


Broward Build // Columbus, OH // 315 Sq Ft // $118,000

The Homestead is a fully loaded, luxury tiny house from Ohio-based builder, Broward Build. The 30' home comes packed with all kinds of features including 5 skylights, gorgeous blonde wood throughout, and even a dog door.


Coming in through the front door takes you right into the living room, which features hexagon-tiled floors.


The kitchen comes equipped with an 18 cu.ft. refrigerator and a three-burner stovetop. There's also cabinet storage, quartz countertops, and a 30" stainless steel sink. A Bunn coffee maker is also included!


To the left side of the kitchen's counter space is a 24" desk- ideal for dining and/or working as needed.

 
To maximize space in the home, the stairs have built-in storage, leading up into the home's loft bedroom.


The bedroom is an 8' x 10' carpeted space, with a skylight overhead and wainscotting behind the headboard.


In the bathroom, you'll find a cozy, warm space with a natural wood vanity with a white porcelain top.


The bathroom features black hexagon tiles, similar to those in the living room. There's also a shower with a sliding glass door.


The Homestead is built onto a 32' x 8'6" Iron Eagle trailer, and weighs about 13,500 lbs. The exterior is wrapped in wood with copper siding on the upper part of the home.


The home also includes:
  • a wood-burning stove, made especially for tiny homes
  • a 12.6kw 220V electric tankless water heater
  • a 12,000 BTU mini-split with a heat pump

For more information, you can contact the builder here!


 

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Nashville, TN // 221 Sq Ft //$49,200 ( for sale ) With big windows, an open layout, and high ceilings, it would be hard to feel cramped in t...



Nashville, TN // 221 Sq Ft //$49,200 (for sale)

With big windows, an open layout, and high ceilings, it would be hard to feel cramped in this tiny home! Now offered for sale in Nashville, Tennessee, this beautiful contemporary home is available for anyone looking to downsize.


The home is built onto a trailer that measures 18-feet in length and 8.5-feet wide, and weighs around 5,200lbs.


The home's first floor includes a living room area, kitchen, and bathroom.


Plenty of windows allow for sunlight to pour in every day and naturally illuminate the home.


The home's entrance is a Yale Keyless Deadbolt, so you won't need a key! Access is gained by entering a numerical pin.


A Murphy bed/sofa provided dual functionality in the home. 


The walls and ceilings are made from maple with hickory flooring throughout.


Built-in storage helps to maximize space so that there's room to store personal belongings.


The home's loft bedroom is upstairs in the loft, accessible by a moveable ladder.


The home's ground floor spans 153 square feet.


The homes kitchenette, with open shelving and a stainless steel sink.


The moveable aluminum ladder, to access the home's loft.


The kitchenette with FoamCore cabinets and shelving, in addition to a mini-fridge and sink.


Lofted ceilings with LED lighting throughout


The upstairs loft includes a small window to let light in.


A cozy sleeping space with room for a queen-sized bed.




The bathroom includes a composting toilet and shelving.


There is also a tiled shower and an operable window.


From the ground to the top of the house, the home measures 12-feet and 6-inches.


The house also comes with a 30-amp power supply, an LPG inline water heater, and a heated water hose.

For more information and/or to buy, you can reach out to the builder through its listing here.


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