Converting the bus was fun. I can’t lie, I love working with tools, cheap or expensive. I’d like to tell you that I had a plan, but I tend to play fast and loose and let visions evolve as things happen.
The first order of business was removing the seats. There were a lot of them. It’s a 64 passenger bus. Most of the seats were in rough shape. Years of gum, slime and soda were stuck in the cracks between the seats and wall of the bus. The bolts were rusted and most were stripped. I bought a grinder at Harbor Freight and got to work. The kids helped me scrape up all of the rubber flooring, which is what makes a bus smell like a bus.
What’s under the rubber floor? I’d love to tell you a metal subfloor, but it’s actually plywood. Years of moisture hadn’t penetrated the wood much, so I decided to seal it by painting it. We happened to have a few gallons of yellow paint hanging around, so that’s what we used.
Using recycled lumber that I got from the dump, I made a counter top over one of the wheel wells. I sided it with pallet wood and put a curtain over the front.
Using my neighbor’s torch, I chopped up the seats for a new purpose.
They are now convertible benches and beds.
My neighbors also helped me frame up and build the bathroom. I’ve got a toilet lid for a 5 gallon bucket. We use sawdust and empty it after each stay. It actually works pretty well. We also installed carpet tiles. We’ve got four kids, so if somebody craps on a carpet tile, we just rip it up and replace it.
I also installed a utility sink. It drains into a three gallon bucket below and we dump it when it’s full. My mom painted it red like a hooker’s fingernails. To boot, the brand name is Homart. I laugh every time I look at the logo.
Above were the initial photos. It has morphed into a real comfy place now, with fold out couches, futons and bookshelves. Here are recent pics. Pardon the clutter.
We’ve utilized solar desk lamps from Ikea for lighting, as well as fold out tables and a fold out couch. I cut the bottoms off of pallets and made them into book cases.
It’s about 140 square feet. Believe it or not, it’s comfy, even with six or seven people. But you have to like each other. And we do.
Next up – the functions of staying at the bus and some scenic pictures.
Mike, Oscar, Hotel….out.