Name: Julie and Andrew Puckett, Starbuck the dog, and Mr. Butters the cat
Location: Stone Mountain, Georgia
Size: 250 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months; Owned
The American dream seems to change with each generation, and with the high cost of living these days and the longing to simplify, many young Americans are skipping the white picket fence and jumping straight into the tiny house movement. After their landlord raised the rent on Julie and Andrew's apartment in Atlanta, they decided to dramatically downsize, pack their bags, and call a 1990 Blue Bird school bus home.
Tucked away in the lush pines of Georgia, about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta, Julie and Andrew have set up camp in a fully-refurbished Blue Bird school bus. I know what you're thinking: That's lovely and all, but that just doesn't seem livable or practical. I thought so, too! But after stepping into their world, thoughts like I could have my morning coffee there.. and I'd love to sit and play guitar here, but where would I put my... Oh, they've made storage for that! began to open my eyes to small space living. The creative storage solutions and multi-functional elements in the home are what make it all work; everything serves a purpose. Tie that in with rich wood finishes, plants, and furry companions, and a school bus starts to feel more like, well, a home!
See before photos of the bus! → Before & After: How a Small School Bus Was Transformed into a Cute Home
Inspired by cottage homes of the East Coast and the novel Moby Dick, Julie and Andrew gave the House Bus (that's what the "HB" on the front stands for) a dreamy, nautical feel, blending a sense of adventure and the comfort and stability of home sweet home. The bus also sits next to a lake where Andrew enjoys taking his kayak out in the mornings, and their dog Starbuck has plenty of room to run and explore. With their rich, natural surroundings, and the cozy and efficient environment they've created indoors, Julie and Andrew's version of small space living doesn't seem all that far-fetched. And, yes, the bus works! The Pucketts are free to sail across the country in this blue beauty.