At Home Anywhere: Living on a Bus

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Atlanta, GA is having a moment. It’s flourishing creatively, and many of my friends have been brought there to work for brands and on truly inspiring films. Unfortunately, there is a downside to all this great juju – a surge in the cost of living. It was this exact pressure to keep up with the rent race that put Julie and Andrew Puckett in a bit of a pickle. The two were working two jobs just to stay afloat when their landlord announced yet another rent increase. The couple took it as a sign to finally move on. It may seem like a dramatic announcement, but friends and family weren’t surprised in the least when the out-of-the-box thinkers announced they’d be cutting costs by moving into a 250-square-foot bus.

The couple found their partially-renovated, 1990 Bluebird school bus on Tiny House Listings and immediately knew they could make it a home. With a little help from Mom and Dad, it only took four months to finish up the renovations. Together, Andrew and Julie added to their tiny house new floor finishings, cabinetry, a clean paint job, and built-in furniture. “So much love went into this bus, and I think it really shows,” they say. At the heart of all of the design decisions was the desire to craft a “bright, cheery oasis” where creativity could flow. Being able to live comfortably on the bus full-time was also crucial, of course. The two decked out the four wheels in all the basics needed to thrive, including a fully-functioning kitchen, bathroom, and nooks for the family’s dog and cat to snuggle in.

As you’ll see, the once-traditional bus has already been dramatically transformed, but there are still some additions that the couple can’t wait to add. Now that they are homeowners, Julie and Andrew hope to one day park their home on a plot of land, add on a porch and give themselves a dedicated space to create. Until then, they have taken their home on the road for a music project and are documenting their big life in a tiny abode online. Be sure to pop on over here for more insights into how the couple loves living small. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Samuel Laubscher

  1. Sasheeny says:

    Awesome! As the old saying goes, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. It’s hard to find affordable rent in big cities these days.

  2. Sunshine says:

    Wow! That’s some good lemonade!

  3. Catherine says:

    This is amazing! And the outside of the bus is giving me some seriously good feels x

  4. Malin says:

    My friends just finished a similar project, although maybe a tad more futuristic ;)
    http://www.tinyspaceshuttle.com/

  5. ester says:

    Beautiful
    I love ❤

  6. Linda Hudspeth says:

    Really like what you’ve done, just wondering if you have holding tanks. I truly love the sliding shelves in the kitchen! Are you totally self contained? Do you have a certificate for Leave no Trace? How about solar? Sorry I get a bit excited when I see others doing what we want to do and try and get ideas.
    We’ve purchase a 40′ bus conversion, I would love to show you pis of ours, we are taking it on a maiden voyage for the month of December! Hubby is planning to retire mid next year we are planning to become grey nomads and tour Australia. We are selling everything! I want to follow y’all and your journey, thank you for sharing! Keep posting xx

  7. Lynet Witty says:

    This is basically a super cool idea if kids didn’t have to be involved!

    1. Jilli says:

      I have seen it work great with children of all ages :)

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