Filmmaker Felix Starck and musician Selima Taibi (and their dog Rudi) transformed this 1996 Thomas International school bus into a small, loft-style home on […]
Filmmaker Felix Starck and musician Selima Taibi (and their dog Rudi) transformed this 1996 Thomas International school bus into a small, loft-style home on wheels, with the plan to travel from Alaska to South America.
They explain: “We are originally from Germany and got tired of the big city life in Berlin. So we decided to buy a 20 year old school bus through the internet. Few weeks later we took a plane to the US and started converting the school bus into a motorhome, tiny house or loft on wheels — call it what you want. After 12 weeks of daily failure we are quite done with the conversion and now we are ready to take our beauty all the way down to South America. If we make it that far — I have no idea, probably not! Are we going to have a great time? For sure!”
The couple bought the 39-foot bus for USD $9,500 — online, without seeing the bus beforehand.
Both didn’t really have much construction experience, so they turned to online forums to find help. They got assistance from a North Carolina couple who’d also altered a school bus into a full-time residence.
The bus is now fitted with a fully-functioning kitchen, a queen-size bed, a flat-screen TV (complete with Netflix) and a bathroom.
Their home was previously a school bus for 20 years in Pennsylvania and had been driven for almost 120,000 miles when they bought it. It could hold 72 passengers.
It’s an impressive remodel of an old bus into a comfortable and creative home on wheels.