School Bus Tiny Home Brings Meaning To Life

Last updated on September 10th, 2021 at 09:43 am. Originally published on August 24th, 2015

In the era of up-cycling and downsizing, the idea of turning a school bus into a tiny house is food for thought. If you’re considering following this path in life, check out this story for some true inspiration.

Ashley Williams-Brookens and her family repurposed a 1986 International School Bus and transformed it into a cozy, off grid cabin. They parked the bus in southern Humboldt County, California on an organic off-grid farmstead.

Here are five lessons we can learn from this innovative and unconventional way of life.

1. Get Creative When it Comes to Work

The family established a work exchange with a local organic farmer. They work a set amount of hours per month and in turn can park their bus at the farm and use the water.

2. Make it Your Own

Many people long for the chance to create something of their own. Just like the homesteaders of old, the Tiny House movement offers a rebirth of inspiration, renewed purpose and sustainable hope. The Brookens family is a prime example of this.


3. Girl Power!

Women are just as capable of renovating a space and making it their own as men. This school bus was transformed by a 35-year-old mother.


4. Think Outside of the Box

The concept of taking something used for one purpose and giving it new life is a key to the Tiny House movement. You have to think outside of convention and don’t just accept prefabricated knowledge. Instead, find a way to tap into your creative potential. Could you exchange work for land? Can you use solar or propane? Could you build your house on a trailer? New ideas are waiting just around the corner.

5. The Possibilities are Endless

While the Brookens have discovered off-grid joy living in a school bus, you may find peace living in an RV, yurt, tepee or cabin. Housing doesn’t have to be traditional. Off-grid living makes just about any dream now possible. The world is your oyster! Go after it.

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Source: Tiny House Blog

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