How Does A Family of Six Live Comfortably In A Renovated School Bus?

Ed and Sarah Szymczak’s four children are homeschooled, but that doesn’t mean they’ve never seen the inside of a school bus. In fact, they’ve been living in one for the past year, ever since their parents realized that refitting a bus into a tiny home would cost less than paying rent for a year. (A sense of adventure and a desire for a simpler lifestyle were actually the biggest motivations for the move; the financial calculation just made it possible.) After purchasing their bus through a government auction, the Szymczaks set about turning it into a place where the whole family could live, sleep, eat, cook, wash, study, play . . . quite a challenge, but they seem to have managed beautifully.





Ed and Sarah’s bed converts into a play area during the day, while a crib for the baby and bunk beds for the three older children occupy minimal space along the walls. For privacy, the two sleeping areas are divided by a blackout curtain at night. The kitchen sink is followed by a row of full-sized appliances (an oven, refrigerator, and washing machine; Sarah only regrets being unable to fit in a dishwasher as well). The bathroom is divided into two miniscule spaces on opposite sides of the hallway, one holding a composting toilet and one a 24×32-inch “bathtub.”










Images © Simply Mothering | h/t Tiny House Talk

The average family of four probably can’t imagine cramming their collective lives into a school bus, and while the Szymczaks committed themselves to living in the bus for at least a year, they did just recently announce the sale and moved on to a slightly larger home. They will continue living in the bus through August, after which they’ll move on to find a new place to call home.

To learn more about their story be sure to check out and if you liked this home, you’ll definitely want to see more incredible school bus conversions, aka “skoolies”.

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