We’ve seen a lot of “Skoolies” here on the site, but this one is something special. Rather than be limited by the bus, this builder went all out to create the most charming cottage on wheels we have seen in a long time. Even from the outside, the bus shape itself is camouflaged with a slightly peaked roof that reminds of a story book cottage hidden deep in an enchanted forest.
The bus is nearly concealed under this gorgeous wood-shingled exterior.
A beautiful door sets the tone for what you’ll see inside.
The bus itself is almost fully hidden and from some views, you can forget entirely that this is a mobile home. Other than the cab and marker lights, almost all of the bus’s features have been swallowed up by the shake sided cabin, with traditional windows, a wooden bumper and a beautiful coach lamp porch light and window boxes full of flowers.
This overview captures the charm – and just look at the light fixtures!
The charm starts at the front door, which is arch topped with a small divided “light” window. Wide plank pine flooring runs throughout, with a light stain that allows the wide variations in color to shine through. The ceiling mirrors the floor lines with a slightly narrower pine paneling running lengthwise. Here you can see that the bus’s roof does still exist under the peaked shingling, in the ceiling’s gentle curve.
Perfect lofted bed with upper and lower views.
The space is neatly divided by open arch topped doorways trimmed out in curved casing. There is a large living space with a gorgeous “keyhole” entry double bed at one end that features a full sized loft above, with lots of light from a short window that runs the full width of the loft.
The loveseat and wood stove hearth that cover the bus’s wheel wells.
The walls are paneled in a wide painted bead board that continues to add cottage flair to this design. The kitchen is perfectly appointed with beautiful painted cabinets and wood counter tops. Appliances appear to be vintage apartment stock that fits perfectly in the small galley kitchen.
This book nook caps off the kitchen, complete with an adorable round window.
The bus is heated by a bronze wood stove mounted on a tile hearth, neatly built to disguise one of the wheel wells. The stove is backed by a decorative metal tile fire wall. On the opposite side a neat loveseat hides the other wheel well. Overlooking it is a charming round window. The bathroom features an actual flush toilet and what looks like a shower directly across. The toilet is topped by a basket for towel storage. Even in this small space, the details are amazing.
Plenty of food prep and cooking space in the well appointed galley.
All in all, this is one of the best finished DIY RV projects we have reviewed here. It’s obvious the owner was looking to build a home and not merely a “home on wheels”. Kudos to them!