Home is where the heart is and that’s exactly what this woman Jessie Lipskin did, she remodels an outdated bus into a mini home, which she purchased online through eBay. It took a lot of effort, interior ideas and patience to create this mini home, which finally paid off after she remodels it, making it a paradise to live in.
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Jessie planned to construct her own mini home, while browsing online and suddenly spotted this outdated 1966 GMC passenger bus, exactly like the one Keanu Reeves had driven in the movie ‘Speed.’
She fell so much in love with this outdated bus and without a second thought, purchased it for just $ 7000, stripping off it’s interior and selling off its seats to a restaurant.
An outdated bus, which she remodels it into a mini home, took almost three years and spent almost $ 125,000 behind its renovation and interiors, trying to create an eco-friendly standard of living.
A documentary called the ‘Garbage Warrior’ inspired her, where an eco-architect, Michael Reynolds, designs and remodels earthships by utilizing all recycled items.
Straightaway, she began her journey, as this made a lot of sense to her and Jessie started gathering all information on how remodels are done.
And finally, this mini home on wheels concept struck her, as the right project and the right place to live in while traveling to new destinations with her outdated bus, living the vegan way.
She made sure to have the vehicle insured and registered it as an RV vehicle, which means a recreational vehicle. She even went and procured a license to drive a heavy bus, which never possessed before.
The toughest part before she remodels this outdated bus into a mini home, was to find the correct people to carry out the job, plumbers, carpenters, and electricians, which she ultimately got.
“The big challenge was that it was very different from working on a home that’s fixed in one location. I constantly had to account for movement, on top of that the angles of the bus and slanted style windows made it challenging to design the best possible layout and curved woodworking. Levels were useless as the bus incline changes depending on location, it was all about calculating angles. This added a lot of time onto the project.”
She spent plenty of time searching for the right velvet curtains for the bedroom, making a small library, mahogany wood flooring for the bathroom so the water dries off fast, a closet, and of course, a mini kitchen.
After all that labor given for 3 years behind this mini home, she had it finally completed and is now currently residing in it, happily ever after.