A double-decker bus is a bus that has two levels (sometimes called stories or decks). You might think that the classic lines and styling of the iconic AEC Routemaster was the world’s first double-decker bus, and you’d be partly right (there were actually horse-drawn double-decker carriages in London well before the first motorized vehicles).
The AEC Routemaster bus was produced from 1954 to 1968 and is what you’d call the “Original Red London Double-Decker Bus”. But since it’s introduction in the 1950s, many other countries, both in Europe and Asia, have added much more modern double-decker buses to their public transportation systems.
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Functional and stylish, these buses are a mainstay of public transportation because they’re built on a single, rigid chassis and have ample room for passengers and cargo. In fact, one couple decided to make a modern double-decker bus into their home.
Daniel Bond works as an electrician and wasn’t about to give in to the bankers. He and his wife Stacey couldn’t afford the down payment on a new home, so they bought a Dublin-based double-decker bus and converted it into their own home on wheels.
Working alongside his father-in-law, Daniel stripped the completely functional bus all the way down to the chassis.
After purchasing the bus for £3,000 (a bit less than $5,000), they spent around $17,000 on necessary upgrades, including a kitchen, full-plumbing, and a bedroom suite. Take a video tour of their unique home below.
One of the nicest features of this double-decker home is that they aren’t chained to the same place – not to mention the spectacular views from the top deck!
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