Zack and Annie (and dog Lola), from Arkansas, were fed up of working 9-5, Monday through Friday, and missing all the good, sunny days because they were locked up in an office. Eventually Zack moved to a job where he could work from home, and this was the start of their adventure.
The wheels started turning and they knew what they needed to do. They started their research on how they could travel more, and see other parts of the country.
The couple put the house up for sale and moved in with Zack’s parents while they sold off belongings and saved up. They chose a bus and began to renovate it. The bus conversion has a neat, clean look to it, and does not resemble the old school bus at all!
Numerous doors allow plenty of light to come in. Solar panels on the roof allow them to make their own electricity.
There are lots of cleverly designed spaces where you may not even notice! Lola’s bed is situated under a counter, which serves as a workplace. Storage places are under sofas and in the armrests.
One of the most ingenius storage ideas is that the deep freeze serves as a counter top, in fact if you did not know where it was, you may miss it, so well does it fit into the décor.
A king sized bed is at the back of the bus, along with a composting toilet. Even the roof of the bus has been used for storage. The couple installed a hatch which opens onto the roof. Plenty of storage for things that are not used often. It seems that every area of spare space has been cleverly utilised for storage of some type, the back of the door has narrow shelves for toiletries, and there are holders above the bed for smaller items.
The couple settled for a bus to convert instead of buying a small RV as it was cheaper to do the bus than buy an RV. They have also managed to convert the bus exactly as they need. It was totally custom fitted to their needs and requirements.
“We looked at a lot of different vehicles before we decided to go with the bus. Cost was a big thing for us and buses can be fairly cheap to convert. We never really considered a tiny home too much. We would have had to buy a truck along with the cost of the build. We wanted something that was easy to transport and would take us to all the cool places that we wanted to go,” Zack said.
The bus has been named ‘stormy’, and has so far fulfilled all the needs of Zack, Annie and Lola. They have become used to conserving water and living very economically, while at the same time getting to see remote parts of the country.
Perhaps one of the problem areas with their nomadic lifestyle is the lack of a post box where mail can be delivered. They have worked out a solution whereby they plan where to go and then send things to that address to wait till they arrive.
Zack and Annie agree that the experience has been wonderful for them, and has been everything they dreamed of. They have no plans to stop any time soon as this is the lifestyle which suits them perfectly. Zack says that it was the best decision they ever could have made.
Source: Tree Hugger