After the rent for their Atlanta apartment increased by 25 percent, Andrew and Julie Puckett decided to downsize. Little did they know, their home would soon be a manually-converted 1990 school bus.
We moved into a 1990 Bluebird school bus this May, and we haven't looked back since. For $10, 000 we now have financial freedom, the ability to travel, and a home that reflects the unique people we are. Welcome. Photo by Samuel Laubscher #BSHomeSweetHome #skoolie #housebus #home #tinyhomes #tinyhousenation #tinyhousebigliving #busconversion #tinyhousemovement
A photo posted by Julie & Andrew Puckett (@house_bus) on Sep 6, 2015 at 8:40am PDT
"I had the idea to search used tiny houses," Julie explained, "and in doing so, found out about school bus conversions."
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The affordability of the bus was not the only factor of the bus that appealed to the Pucketts -- as musicians, the mobility of the home seemed perfect. They plan to drive cross-country to play music this summer.
Their space includes a full shower, wood floors, and even a table that lifts up and becomes a crate for their dog. The full amenities that the bus offers as well as the care and effort put in by the Pucketts helped convert the 25-year-old bus not just into a house, but also into a home.
We were interviewed by ABC Nightline today for their piece on tiny house living- I was SO NERVOUS since I only had about 20 minutes to prep for the interview (aka, put clothes and makeup on). Let us know if you caught it! We'll be posting it on the blog soon, so keep an eye out! (📷: @samofthelid) #tinyhome #busconversion #tinyhousenation #Nightline #tinyhomes #tinyhousebigliving #busconversion #skoolie #tinyhouse
A photo posted by Julie & Andrew Puckett (@house_bus) on Oct 20, 2015 at 10:25pm PDT
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The Pucketts are not the only ones who are getting to enjoy the cozy bus/home -- they enjoy hosting guests for dinner parties as much as possible!
"We like to keep it at no more than five people," Julie says, "but we've had as many as nine before and we made it work!"
Living in a small space might not always be as successful as it was for the Pucketts. On this topic, Julie expelled some sage advice on whether living tiny could work for you:
@apartmenttherapy came to visit us, a little while back, and today you can see the full tour and interview! We also have a really exciting surprise coming in just a little bit- stay tuned! #linkinbio #apartmenttherapy #design #housebus
A photo posted by Julie & Andrew Puckett (@house_bus) on Nov 9, 2015 at 10:21am PST
"Know yourself and any person you share a tiny space with really, really well. Do this with someone you trust," she says. "Living tiny will challenge you in unexpected ways, but if you're sharing the journey with a loving partner, it takes the scare out of it."
For more photos of the Pucketts' house bus, check out these beauts from their Instagram: