A mother and daughter team have revealed how they transformed a school bus into an incredible little home after a family tragedy.
North Carolina natives Megan and Lisa Donahue started their transformational project as a way to spend time together, but it soon took on a deeper meaning.
In 2015, the family was devastated by the loss of youngest child Michael, aged just 15.
The youngster died in a devastating traffic accident, but left a lasting legacy.
Mama Lisa told Euronews: “Michael loved the outdoors, he was literally outside morning, noon and night.”
“If he could live on a bus, that would be his perfect situation.”
Megan was inspired by his worldview and motto: “It’s the simple things in life that make it worth living.”
This prompted her to start work on converting her first school bus, or “Schoolie,” into a tiny house in 2017, which she dubbed Gus.
At only about 75 square meters of living space each, making them feel spacious is a challenge, but it manages.
Lisa helped out and now they have turned the hobby into a business and try to honor Michael’s memory and fun spirit.
She added, “Our main reason we’re doing this, too, is because we want families to know how important it is to spend time together — because you literally don’t know if you’ve got tomorrow.”
Since Gus, the pair have created Agnus, Brutus, Julius, Marcus, Philus, Willus, Spartacus, Tobius, and many more.
Once the buses are complete they will be resold, but Lisa and Megan are selective about who they sell to as the vehicles represent Michael to them.
Megan said, “These buses are such a gift. I can’t imagine where I would be personally without her.”
“I’m just too happy right now to stop it, so it’s going to be my job until I’m not happy anymore.”