Our home is a 2005 school bus. We wanted a home on wheels that allowed us to travel and one that we could customized to meet all of our needs. This skoolie does all of that! After adventure, our goal was to create a home that minimized our bills. On top of living mortgage free, we also have the ability to live off grid. We have solar power and a composting toilet so we can avoid staying in campgrounds more often than not. Most of our time indoors is spent working online so we can explore wherever we have landed for the day. We built in several work spaces throughout the bus to accommodate the online aspect of our lives. I mix and match items I love, toss in treasures I find in nature, and hope that it all comes together. One of the biggest things I have to ask myself is how the items we bring in will handle traveling down the road. Our goals were to leave as many windows as possible to bring in natural light and build the space around three things I fell in love with; the green ottoman, dark gray cabinetry, and plants. The plants became the centerpiece of our home. Specifically, the water propagation wall has allowed me to develop a green thumb in a tiny space without overwhelming my family with too many plants. When we travel, we swap cuttings with new friends or gift them plants that have outgrown the wall. It brings so much life to our home and brings so much joy.
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After selling their home in Nixa, Missouri, Chris and Tina Wann decided to hit the road with their two sons Elijah (15) and Rylee (12) and blind pup Dub the Skoolie Dog in tow. Seeking a life of adventure, and to minimize their cost of living, the family of four has embraced a mortgage-free lifestyle, following their whims down the open road.
The propagation wall is always changing and brings so much life to the space
“Our home is only 234 square feet, but we utilize the great outdoors and rarely feel like it is too small,” Tina says.
“We all work online during the day, so we added two counters for working to our living/dining room,” Tina says.
Open windows and natural elements are important for making the space feel open and homey
“Storage baskets are my current obsession,” Tina says. “If they attach to the wall, even better.”
The family does most of their cooking using a pressure cooker and stovetop.
The family created a storage area above the driver’s seat.
The interior is 6'5". We wanted a bus that was tall enough for my husband to stand in!
The couple’s bedroom is tucked away at the back of the bus.
“This headboard made from shims is our newest DIY project,” Tina says.
A split bathroom allows the sink to be easily accessible in the main living area of the school bus, and a toilet and shower are tucked behind a yellow barn door.
“The middle of our bus holds most of our clothing, and provides a space for our boys,” Tina says.
“There aren’t windows in this space, so it has the best temperature control,” says Tina, of the boys’ bunk room.
The family kept as many windows as possible to embrace natural light.
With a love of plants, Tina made greenery a focal point. She created wall to display her plant clippings. The thoughtful use of space allows her to keep plants without overwhelming the space. It’s also a work of art.
“The split bathroom has been so helpful, and the lockers provide so much storage,” Tina says.
“Worth every penny,” says Tina of the $1,000 composting toilet, which allows the family to unplug and go off the grid.