Students Build A Sweet Short Bus Home On A Budget

Take a 1988 Ford Econoline short bus and throw in a mess of reclaimed red and white oak, redwood, walnut, birch, pine, poplar and chestnut – none of it less than 150 years old – and a few appliances and this is what you get. Well, it apparently wasn’t quite that simple: sculpture student Lacey Leonard and a fellow art major took about a year to finish this beautiful bus conversion.

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h/t Tiny House Talk

This build was part of an undergraduate research project focusing on woodworking and sustainable mid-century design, and besides all that antique barn wood the students installed heating and air conditioning, kitchen counters and sink, storage cabinets, and a composting toilet. Quirky personal touches like a lone antler, handmade bead curtain, and carved animal shelf supports confirm the artistic genesis of this laid-back bus home.

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