Today's bus conversion story began in February 2016, when Gretchen stumbled upon a gutted old bus on Craigslist. She didn't immediately act on her impulses but, right at that point, the seed was planted.
So Gretchen looked a little deeper, eventually settling on a 1993 Thomas International school bus. With a little help from family and friends, her new haul was turned into the dream tiny home.
Fast forward to the present, Gretchen and her partner Richard are making their way from Vermont to California in their shiny new conversion. Their "You Bus Believe" journey is quite exquisite, so we'll let the images do most of the talking from this point onward:
No more boring old yellow for this sleek tiny home. To wrap everything off nicely, a solar panel was fitted on the lower level of the partly-elevated roof.
Custom-made windows and homey curtains spruced up this bus's siding.
Such a lovely entrance, right? It aptly segues into the other custom-made touches that you'll find inside this wheeled abode.
A local carpenter helped Gretchen turn her vision into a reality. The interiors throughout this home rely on a trove of reclaimed materials.
In case you're wondering, that wooden structure in the living area is actually a weaving loom. Pretty cool, huh?
Brick detailing accentuates the cozy wood-burner stove.
Custom overhead cabinets add a touch of elegance and efficiency to this dwelling.
On the other side, a carpeted sleeping loft was fitted just above the kitchen.
Here's another fun fact for you: The solar-powered fridge/freezer plugs into the bus's cigarette lighter. Now that's sustainable!
The kitchen's Talavera tiles were bought in New Mexico, and the retro sink was modernized with a new faucet.
Did you notice the whiskey barrel in the kitchen? That's a sustained feature in the bathroom, too! And they're not just a decorative quirk: Both barrels actually come with hidden shelving compartments for extra storage.
The bathroom basin was another New Mexico find. You gotta admit, those feathers are a sweet complementary touch to this vintage darling.
Clearly, a lot of care went into crafting the "You Bus Believe" conversion. Every nook and cranny, vintage or otherwise, works in perfect harmony to create a charming homey ambiance.