Some people inherit their dream homes, some buy them and some build them. Jessie Lipskin chose to design hers by converting a decommissioned 1966 GMC bus.
Love at first sight
Lipskin stumbled on the bus, pictured below, on eBay and it was love at first sight. She immediately bought it and then dedicated the next three years to transforming it into a humble yet stylish and comfortable apartment.
Lipskin told Bored Panda the purchase was part of her eco-friendly lifestyle inspired by a show featuring eco-architect Michael Reynolds building earthships from recycled material. “My first draw to the alternative sustainable lifestyle was the documentary Garbage Warrior," she said.
After extensive research, she decided on a vehicle home. "Ultimately, a home on wheels seemed like a perfect solution: I could easily explore new places (finding a permanent place to settle, in the short term, was not a priority for me), and I could continue to live a vegan lifestyle," Lipskin explained.
Because today's RVs did not have an aesthetic that suited her, Lipskin decided to go with "a vintage bus conversion which could be registered and insured as an RV.” The result can be seen on her Instagram page called The Bus Tiny Home.
A first-time project
Lipskin reported she did not have the required experience with "plumbing, electrical, carpentry needed for this project." In addition, the vehicle's levels constantly changed according to location further complicating matters.
Once completed, however, the result was undeniably beautiful. Lipskin also made sure to add artsy finishing touches such as velvet curtains and exotic paintings.
The craftsy designer also added a custom-made bench cushion and a library by her bed. The closet, despite being small, is surprisingly spacious.
Ever the innovator, to save space, Lipskin installed a fridge/freezer. The bathroom is also conveniently designed with "mahogany wood slatted flooring that drains for drying off post shower."
"The shower drain connects to the floor drain and they both lead to the gray water tank which is mounted under the bus," revealed Lipskin. Not bad for someone with little do-it-yourself experience.
Her instagram page now says the bus is on sale. A link to a Craigslist posting reveals the mobile home is going for $149,000.
"With more than $125,000 invested in restoring this bus, this home is now an innovative, eco-friendly, beautifully-designed piece of art," says the ad. The write-up reveals the home can accomodate four people, comes with dimming LED lighting, an energy-efficient washing machine and an instant hot water heater and propane tank. Sold!