Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Housebus interior

We bought it as a school bus, removed the seats, stripped it to the frame and rust proofed it. We removed and resealed the winows, insulated it, relined with ply and built it from scratch - of course all the walls are non square and have curves in them!


Kakariki said...

wow dude it looks awesome! You must be stoked with it. Great craftiness :)


Anonymous said...

Looks like a sweet way to relax and enjoy the finer points of life, you certainly earned it after 9 years.

Mr Dennis said...

You've set it up very well inside, it looks quite spacious, well done.

I note that if you have a COF you must be intending to take it on the road. She's an old girl, the emissions must be atrocious. I hope you're not intending to drive far or you might undo all your good work...

If you ignore the environmental concerns though, it should be a great cheap way to live. Good on you!

Nandor Tanczos said...

Thanks for all your comments. Actually she's only 1981 (needs a paint job I'll admit) and the engine is a very new 6BDi Isuzu, so she runs pretty clean and well.

We don't travel too many miles, but it is a bit of a contradiction I accept. However with the very low embodied energy compared to most houses, and the low impact living (eg solar power supply etc) I think I come out on top. Anyway, next step is to make my own biodiesel :)

Mr Dennis said...

I'm just teasing, I actually think it's a great idea! :)

Solar electricity is convenient, I don't know about eco-friendly as if you do a full life-cycle analysis of the emissions you may find that so much energy is used to make the panels that you'd actually be better off just buying power from the grid. Wind turbines are probably better emissions-wise, and cheaper too, but less convenient.

The big advantages of these systems in my mind have nothing to do with the environment - they are portable and you don't have to pay for a grid connection, which can cost thousands in the country.

My father uses a solar powered electric fence unit to power half his farm. My father-in-law's entire house is solar powered. In both cases it was the cheapest option despite having the power lines running right by the property. These systems work really well, and I'll probably do something similar when we get around to building.

Can't persuade the wife to live in a bus though!