When we met, we were surprised to find that we'd both been dreaming of living tiny, minimal, and free.
IT MIGHT SEEM KIND OF CRAZY
Our journey started by getting to know each others' reasons behind our tiny living dreams. We loved the idea of minimal possessions; Alhen had a high focus on living sustainably, I wanted to be free to travel and explore. It seemed to happen so fast, but one weekend, we drove to the 2016 Florida Tiny House Festival and fell in love with what we saw (and, each other).
WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR LIFESTYLE?
For a couple months, we were diligently designing our dream tiny house. We looked at plans, debated endlessly whether we would build ourselves or work with a builder. We even had a builder lined up. The trigger wasn't pulled and we still felt like we needed something. So, we headed to the Georgia Tiny House Festival in March to visit some friends and see if we couldn't get a little more clarity.
That was a wake-up call. Any time we'd want to travel (which we anticipate being often), we'd have to pack our pets, ourselves, and some snacks into a crew-cab truck, hitch up our house, and tow it hundreds of miles at hurricane force winds down the highway. That didn't seem very efficient at all. Nathan followed up with:
YOU GUYS SHOULD DO A SKOOLIE!
We looked at each other and it was almost immediate. It made perfect sense. Convert a school bus into a house (an RV, of sorts), and we'll be fully contained, comfortable while driving, and we eliminate the risk of our house - say, coming unhitched and flying off the road. Plus, school busses are some of the hardiest creatures on the road, practically indestructible. And, in some instances (like ours), HUGE.
On June 21, 2017 we became the proud owners of our 1989 Blue Bird school bus.
We're designing a home that is versatile, comfortable for humans and creatures, minimal but mindful in its storage of possessions, as sustainable and environmentally conscious as we can create (and afford), and most importantly: a place that is special, where we can arrive after a long day of adventuring and feel at ease.
When it's finished (okay, livable, because what homeowner is ever 'finished'?), our dream is to travel the lands we can reach for no reason in particular. There's so much wilderness, culture, uniqueness, community, and opportunity out there - all for the experiencing. We know we'll be climbing, hiking, eating (locally!), making friends, engaging with communities, exploring, photographing, writing, and working as little as possible along the way.