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Sarah Storey and Melanie Tumlin live in a converted school bus with their dog and two kids.
Storey and Tumlin renovated the bus themselves. It has a living room, kitchen, and tiny bedrooms.
An inside look at the renovation shows how they prioritized a large kitchen and the kids' bedrooms.
Moms Sarah Storey and Melanie Tumlin transformed a school bus into a mobile tiny home for their family. Kids Baylor, 2, and Hayes, 4 months, each have their own rooms carved out of the interior space, and the kitchen is spacious for a tiny home.
Take a look at how Tumlin and Storey renovated the school bus from scratch to suit their family's needs.
The Tumlin-Storey family bought a school bus in Washington for $5,500 in July 2019.
Melanie Tumlin and Sarah Storey found the school bus on Craigslist in their home state of Washington.
It was listed for $10,000, but they purchased it for $5,500.
Then, the couple spent about $20,000 turning it into their ideal tiny home on wheels.
"What was cool about this process was that we did the renovation ourselves," Tumlin told Insider. "From the bones up, we really designed every square inch of the space to be what we needed."
What they needed was a spacious kitchen, a full bathroom, and nooks carved out for their kids, Baylor, 2, and Hayes, 4 months.
When they purchased it, there were a few seats inside along with a kitchen counter and a bathroom.
Storey and Tumlin gutted all the existing furniture to re-build the bus exactly how they wanted it.
Once the bus was empty, Storey and Tumlin installed an electrical system, solar power, and most of their plumbing, and insulated the walls and floors.
With the flooring installed, the couple built a platform bed at the back of the bus for their master bedroom area.
For the ceiling, they went with bendable plywood to accommodate the curves in the wall.
On the sides of the platform, planks rise to reveal storage space under the bed.
In front of the master bedroom, the kids' tiny bedrooms are across from each other. Baylor's bed is on top of the bus's back right wheel.
Baylor has a twin-sized bed.
The baby's nook is right next to the closet, and there are storage drawers underneath for clothes.
In front of the closet and kids' rooms, Storey and Tumlin built a full bathroom with a compost toilet and a mirrored storage cabinet.
On the other side of the bathroom, towards the front of the bus, Storey and Tumlin built the kitchen and a living area with couches and cabinets.
The couches are four feet long with storage space inside.
The seat of the couch lifts up to reveal storage space.
The couple painted the sink and cabinets white like the fridge and went with wooden countertops.
They installed a stove-top to the left of the fridge.
At the front of the bus, Storey and Tumlin turned the emergency equipment box into another storage space.
Storey and Tumlin painted the exterior of the bus blue.
Tumlin said that if they were to do the renovation all over again, they'd hire a painter because it took so long to cover the vehicle in layers of paint.
"I think when you build something and you live in it, it's never fully done," Tumlin said.
Tumlin said the bus renovation is an ongoing process.
"There are always projects that we're choosing to work on or deciding that we need to tweak this one space in a certain way," she said.
Read the original article on Insider