School Bus Tiny Home Brings Meaning To Life

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.

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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.

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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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