An American couple turned an old tarantass into luxury apartments on wheels
If it is almost impossible to find an ambulance, a fire truck or a decommissioned bus converted into residential apartments in the vast expanses of our country, then in America this is quite a common phenomenon. In the United States, for many decades, people have been “sick” with alterations of motor vehicles, turning any dilapidated tarantass into fantastic homes on wheels. The example of a couple in love who spent a lot of money and time converting a decommissioned school bus is no exception, and you can find out what happened right now.
Life in any era makes its own adjustments, and if earlier every family tried to get a house-fortress to protect themselves and their goods from uninvited encroachments, modern young people strive to get maximum freedom even living in an old car.
Given the growing enthusiasm for the construction of houses on wheels, inventive people manage to remake under more or less decent residential apartments even dilapidated buildings in the form of decommissioned trucks, vans, special vehicles and buses. Although by and large the price for complete freedom of movement will be very modest living conditions. Not afraid of difficulties during the transformation and limited comfort, a young couple in love Priscilla and Robbie from Orlando (Florida, USA), decided on a similar experiment, because they have long dreamed of “traveling and exploring new places”.
Young people with a restless desire to travel decided to buy a decommissioned old school bus Thomas 1988, which has completely outlived its resource. The choice fell on the bus for the reason that it is more spacious and stable both when driving and during Parking in comparison with any other type of vans. It is no secret that the light structures of campers / vans start to sway at the slightest movement inside the cabin, which is not very convenient, especially when someone needs to turn over on their side at night or get up to drink water.
Of course, the work on re-equipment in this type of transport is much more complex and the processes are more complex, especially problematic to get rid of a large number of seats that need to be carefully cut off. As Robbie notes, this particular case took a lot of time and effort, because I had to work in a very awkward position with a rather dangerous power tool – a grinder. After the seats were removed, Priscilla hammered down the mounting points and metal runners.
Also, the guys had to change the leaking Windows, because from time to time all the sealing rubber bands fell into disrepair. Even after the main bodywork was completed, it was necessary to replace the engine and some parts of the chassis, so that during travel, you do not spend precious time on permanent repairs.
In order to equip the interior space, they had to Tinker with high-quality insulation, installing the latest thermal insulation materials, because they dream of going on a trip to Alaska, and this is not a region where you can save on vital things.
To ensure a healthy microclimate inside the cabin, only natural, eco-friendly lumber was used as a finish. For the design of the ceiling, a pine Board was used, a laminate made of pressed fiberboard was laid on the floor, and the upper part of the walls was finished with plywood, which was painted white to avoid the oppressive feeling of limited space.
After the finishing work was completely completed, the young people started creating a living space, where it was time to create a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Priscilla was most interested in planning the kitchen.
Looking at the pictures, make sure that this area is really left to chance: the guys managed to install all the necessary, up to the full gas stove with oven, roomy cabinets and built-in Cabinet with open and closed shelves, mini-pantry roll-out shelves, full-size sinks, hoods and refrigerators. Next to it, a folding dining table was made, the top of which can be lowered at any time and there will be more room for maneuvers.
For the living room, Robbie personally made a small multifunctional sofa, with spacious drawers, because no matter how committed to minimalism young people may be, and a few sets of change of underwear and warm clothes must be stored somewhere.
It is very interesting that the guys have arranged the bedroom area, which they decided to raise to the podium, and under the bed to arrange a household unit with a washing machine and a mini-dressing room. In order not to clutter the space with stairs, an inventive young man screwed large handles on the drawers that serve as mini-steps. And in order to create a more intimate atmosphere in this area, they left only a small window, the rest of the area is well insulated and soundproof, so nothing will disturb them during sleep.