ONE key feature has a Craigslist buyer convinced he’s found his future tiny home.
The new owner didn’t need to see the space in person to know it was worth the $2,700, joining a home trend that was taking the nation by storm with just a few square feet.
Weston McCormick took viewers inside a bus converted into a tiny home on the latest episode of Tiny Home Tours.
“I’ve always been fascinated by old RVs and tiny houses and just the simpler ways of living,” he said.
But tiny houses don’t grow on trees, so McCormick waited for the right opportunity.
Lo and behold, he found a school bus selling on Craigslist in Wisconsin for $2,700.
A skilled woodworker, McCormick saw the potential but was in Madison at the time.
His father, who lived five miles from the seller, checked the device and confirmed that it was in working condition. But one particular feature convinced McCormick to buy it before he saw it in person.
“I really wanted one with the wheelchair lift door on the side rather than the back, just because I knew I wanted that to be the main entrance,” McCormick said.
“For the price, it was as close as home.”
BUS TODAY, TINY HOME TOMORROW
McCormick sold his car, quit his job and bought the school bus. Then he set about making it his humble abode.
The craftsman knew what layout he wanted and how rare the handicap accessible entrance was on the side of the bus to facilitate his vision.
He used all sorts of exotic woods for the finishing, including marine yacht-style drawers and a storage floor lined with wicker baskets.
Not to mention decorating hacks like Velcro to hold plants in place.
HOUSE ON THE ROAD
McCormick is one of many Americans who have recognized the potential of buses as housing, especially considering that some of them are larger than many existing tiny houses on the market.
Like a couple who bought an abandoned school bus and turned it into their little dream home.
They originally purchased the bus for just $6,000 from a mechanic who got it from a private school and documented the process for their one million followers.
Another couple took similar inspiration and converted a school bus to look like a condo, including a separate bedroom and even a rooftop deck.
But you don’t need to have any mechanical skills to build a tiny house.
Retailers offer delivery to your door.
Lowe’s has selected a top-rated tiny home whose spaciousness delights customers.
Home Depot also has a tiny house for sale that helped a customer get out of paying their bills.