Woman Transforms Old Greyhound Bus Into The Most Incredible Tiny Home
In the 10p-per-carrier-bag, Cowspiracy-on-Netflix world we live in, many people are trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
This combined with a yearning for freedom and impossibly high house prices has led to a surge of millennials joining what is called the 'tiny house movement'.
It does what it says on the tin, in that many young people are ditching the downpayment on a flat and choosing to spend the money on small homes, often ones that have been built in the back of a caravan or large vehicle and are environmentally friendly.
Inspired by this movement, a woman named Jessie Lipskin over in New York transformed a vintage Greyhound bus into an incredible tiny home - and now she's selling it.
Granted, it didn't come cheap, costing her roughly $125,000 to complete and around three years to build. So yeah, she could've just bought an actual home for that price, but in a major city you'd be hard pushed to find a studio for that price, whereas this small home is an absolute palace.
Before buying the 1966 GMC Commuter Greyhound bus on eBay for $7,000 in 2015, Jessie didn't even have a driver's license. And although she passed her test before buying it, her friends had to help her get the vehicle back as she was still learning.
She said: "My two friends drove it back to upstate New York and I rented a place up there for a bit while working on it and gutting it.
"From there, I moved it to New Jersey just because I knew people who could help me work on it there."
Inspired by the documentary Garbage Warrior, in which eco-architect Michael Reynolds creates solar-powered structures called Earthships from recycled materials, Jessie got to work creating her own little haven.
"The transition was pretty natural after I read more about sustainable lifestyles, Earthships, tiny homes, all of that. I kind of just went all in," she explained.
That's not an exaggeration - the home was officially completed in January of this year and it has all the mod cons, including plumbing, electrical work, appliances and décor.
Inside is an energy-efficient washing machine/drying spinner, as well as an instant hot water heater and propane tank. There's also a large sink, wooden counter tops, as well as plenty of storage.
But it doesn't end there. The tiny home also boasts a standing shower and one of the cutest little bedrooms you'll ever see in your life.
Jessie said: "I love not having a TV. I had the option to have a TV, but I really like waking up in the morning and hearing the birds outside my window."
Jessie works remotely in finance as a project manager, meaning she has the freedom to travel around.
"I feel like I've been so busy these past few years that I haven't read as much as I'd like. I have the time now to do that.
"It's nice to just cozy up in bed and just read a book."
But what about guests? Don't worry, Jessie's got that covered, as there's even a pull out bed at the front of the bus.
Yep, this small home is better than my home. What a beaut. Although it's served Jessie well, she's ready to sell it on and let someone else take it on adventures. Get involved if you're interested, although be warned - it'll set you back $149,000 (approx £115,000).
Topics: New York