#FollowFriday: 3 Tiny Interiors Inspiring Our Design

When it comes to designing the interior of a small space, you might think there's a sense of feeling cramped, like, "Where are we going to put all of our stuff?" On the contrary! We chose the tiny life because we didn't want to have a bunch of things and need to maintain the space for it all. We chose the tiny life to slim down on space and stuff and instead to cultivate experiences. This means that in designing our small space, we're maximizing the areas we enjoy the most: kitchen, living area, adventure gear; and carefully crafting the spaces that are on a need-to-use basis like the bedroom, toilet, and bathtub. 

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Conversion Progress: Week 5

While we love the rain and all that it brings, it's really slowing down our parade! Day after day this week, it's rained so hard that we couldn't work with any windows open, making for stuffy mornings and short afternoons. 

Our experimentation with rivet-removal is going (frustratingly) well, as we're seeing that the best course of action will be to use power tools the whole way. Yes, we did attempt to do this by hand, one of us punching the center out and the other using a chisel to remove the head.

This resulted in a few bruised thumbs and bad moods, to say the least.

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Conversion Progress: Week 4
"You backed that thing in here!?" asked the UPS man incredulously.

The day after we arrived in Oak Ridge, still unsure of where we would park our 40-foot bus, Alhen's mom, our gracious host, asked, "Do you think it could fit beside the house?" Our first instinct was no, hell no, are you crazy? But, when she went off to work, the idea started to look more and more like our only feasible option. The parking lot at Hobby Lobby wasn't exactly an enticing risk. 

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Conversion Progress: Week 3

This week, the bus was relieved of its non-function AC system, which could only run if the bus was on anyway. In the future, we're looking into small split-unit temperature control so we can be comfortable when we're driving AND when we're stopped. Friends from St Pete Jimmy & Jesse came by to help Alhen dismantle the ductwork and learn a bit about deconstruction. They're looking to create their own tiny homes in the near future! 

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Conversion Progress: Week 2

This week, we made serious headway removing seats, rubber, and plywood flooring.

To our surprise, we were able to unbolt the seats in only a few hours. We expected this job to be much more difficult, but a combined effort of Alhen holding the nuts from under the bus and my use of the impact driver on the bolts inside, we finished in time for brunch. 

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We Bought a Bus

We searched for six months, called many craigslist ads and auction houses in multiple states, visited buses, talked to numerous school bus and skoolie owners, and ultimately stumbled upon this beauty by happenstance in our own backyard. Taking as much time as we did allowed us to learn so much about what to look for in a school bus, and to determine what we wanted for ourselves.

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What Are We Going to Do in the Skoolie?

I'm sure they mean "what are you going to do to support yourself and earn a living?" Instead, I take it as an opportunity to create for them what my life will be living in this bus. Money will come - Alhen and I will create goods, work from our computers, consult with businesses doing what we do best, and have far less expenses across the board. 

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