Fancy a home on wheels? And we are not talking about an ordinary trailer van but instead a full-fledged house on a double-decker bus! Yes, that’s right! Tired of the soaring rents in the city, London-based couple Charlie and Luke decided to take matters into their own hands instead. They bought a double-decker bus and went ahead to convert it into a whole new home.
A vagabond duo themselves, the two visited countries throughout Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, and also spent time in Australia and backpacked through Europe before returning home to the U.K.
After coming back to their base, they took up regular jobs to earn a living and thought of moving in together. However, the idea of spending most of their income on rent did not seem feasible to them, and that’s when they decided to build an unusual home of their own.
While researching their options, Charlie realized that her father had property, a bare stretch of land in Essex where the two could move. They soon started to think of ideas to make the plot livable again, and that’s how it all began!
After thinking of shipping containers, and RVs, the couple finally zeroed in on a double-decker bus as their next home. However, the search for the perfect four-wheel wasn’t easy either. They went from pillar to post to find one and finally came across the Go-Ahead London Volvo Plaxton bus.
Recently decommissioned, the bus cost them $3500. It was surprisingly in mint condition, with only a few signs of wear and tear. The vehicle was also spacious enough – 14.6 feet in height, with a length and width of 32.8 by 8.3 feet.
The couple then worked up a floor plan complete with a master bedroom, kitchen, and living for their home. The first floor was slotted for a kitchen (complete with an oven, stove, sink, refrigerator, microwave, and washing machine) located behind the driver’s seat, along with a three-person dining table as well as the bathroom and living room.
The second floor housed the bedroom with ample space for lounging with comfy cushions and tasteful art. They also included a massive closet to fit both of their clothing and a free-standing bathtub thereon. The duo then managed to refurbish the bus by pulling apart the seats and covering the floors in grey.
Commenting on the feat, Charlie said, “There weren’t many challenges with the bus. We got very lucky with the condition we bought the bus in. The conversion went quite smoothly,” while further adding, “Building upstairs was more of a challenge as, on the top deck, the floor is slightly curved.”
She further stated, “The electric, plumbing, and carpentry were done by either family or professionals. As much as we would like to take credit for the hard work, we certainly couldn’t have done it without others.”
The entire project was rigged up to the local grid for power and has cost the couple $21,000. With no mortgage and rents to worry about, this classy house on the wheels is too good to be true! Don’t you agree?