|Snug in it's spot between a boat and an RV!|
|The impact driver rules!|
We have both used Sketchup in the past as a software platform to make some plans, but Cammy found a program called Sweethome 3D, which we both found easier for making basic floor plans. We've been brainstorming some ideas for the layout and I think we have finally come to a consensus. While most bus-convertors create a small, closed-off bedroom in the back of the bus, we decided we wanted a more open floor plan where we could see from front to back with no tall walls. Therefore, we have decided to scrap the back bedroom and instead leave open space in the back for the huskies to be able to spread out, and for general lounging and other shenanigans.
|The layout when we got the bus (before taking exact measurements). Not bad, but not quite what we wanted!|
We also decided on a few other features. We want to move the existing passenger seat up next to the drivers seat, we want to shorten the wrap around dinette and convert to a small wooden booth, we want a decent sized bathroom (which we have decided to move all the way to the back of the bus were it will have wrap around windows), we want to extend the kitchen counters by a foot, we want to shorten the width of the couch to create more floor space, and we want a designated a place next to the kitchen where we can install a wood burning stove. We plan to take this buffalo of a bus off-grid, and we don't want no stinking electric heater! Besides, I've lived with enough baseboard heaters in my life that if I live with one more, I might smash it to pieces. In the layout below, the woodstove is just left of the stove.
|One inspiration for our tub. From tinyhouseswoon.com|
|Tree casualties. From Liftopia.com|
|Beetle kill pine end product. From sustainablelumber.com|
|Whole hillside of beetle kill. From Liftopia.com|