Budget Breakdown: An Architecture Student Turns an Old School Bus Into His Home for $7K

Caleb Brackney transforms a 1995 Thomas International bus into his full-time residence in Knoxville, Tennessee, using recycled and found items to repurpose as furnishings.
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Caleb Brackney, a 26-year-old graduate student studying architecture at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, transformed a 1995 Thomas International school bus into a charming and efficient tiny home on wheels, effectively mitigating his student debt. "I couldn’t afford housing, so to avoid taking out loans for living expenses I turned the bus into a home," says Caleb. "Now I can focus on my studies instead of stressing about paying rent."

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Laura Mauk
Laura Mauk writes about architecture and design for Dwell, Wallpaper*, the San Francisco Chronicle, Interiors and Luxe.


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