Wow: This family lives in an old 16m2 school bus

The bus is designed in such a way that the four of them can live there

Four people living in a 16m2 bus? This family is doing just that. Jennifer Bateman and her wife Kaitlin Porter exchanged their home for a converted school bus and made brilliant use of the small space.

Pink school bus

Jennifer and Kaitlin live together with their kids Canyon (14) and Oakland (4) in a unique space. The family decided to make a big change a year ago by switching from a 370 square meter home for a tiny 16m2 school bus. The bus is painted bright pink and has been used as their home for a year now. How do you get four people and their stuff in such a tiny space? It took some good planning.

Living differently

“We wanted to take our kids on an adventure and place more energy and attention on our bucket list,” Jennifer and Kaitlin tell Apartment Therapy. “The idea of a small house on wheels spoke to us immediately.” The couple found out about a whole community of people who live in transformed school busses and decided to go for it themselves. “A bus is unique, charming, affordable and we had a lot of influence on the design.”

 

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Interior

The bus has a bunk bed for the children and a fold-out double bed for the mothers. Not a single corner or hole is unused. Kaitlin and Jennifer have come up with smart solutions to have as much storage space as possible. The pink school bus also has a kitchen (with a large refrigerator). However, there was no room for a dining table. “We solved that with folding tables, but it can get pretty tight if we have to eat inside.” When the weather permits, the family lives outside as much as possible.

 

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Want to know how Jennifer and Kaitlin organize their house? Read more on the next page!

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