Hank Bought A Bus

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We came across Hank’s journey online and had to share it with you.  Hank Butitta is an architecture student at the University of Minnesota.  For his Master’s degree thesis project he decided to convert a school bus into a tiny living space. He said he wanted to have something tangible and not just an idea on paper. So, he bought an old school bus for $3000 and 15 weeks later plus $6000 for improvements he had his cabin on wheels.

Bus Renovations

The bus features a sleeping area/ living room, kitchen and bathroom. The bus can transport twelve people and sleeps up to six adults. At 225 square feet this mobile home looks quite spacious and all the school bus windows allow for lots of natural light. Butitta used compressed plywood for the ceiling, wood panels from an old gymnasium floor for the flooring (basketball court markings still visible), and matching wood for the walls. With tons of storage under the beds and modules that rearrange converting into different pieces of furniture, the use of space is very efficient. The natural color of the wood makes for a very homey feel.

Butitta says he was inspired by the tiny houses movement and wanted something he could park at his grandfather’s 80 acre property in Wisconsin to use as a cabin. Hank and his friend, photographer Justin Evidon, are currently travelling a 5000 mile round trip from Minneapolis to Portland.

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Take a look at his website for a tour of the bus and travel blog; Hank may even coming through your town in the near future!

~ The Flüffians

Photography by Justin Evidon



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  1. jennie says:

    very cool! i love that he used old gym floor…

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