A British couple who spent nearly $100,000 converting a massive American yellow school bus into a luxury home are now offering the unique dwelling for sale through a raffle.
Lucy Stevens and Glen Carloss bonded over their love of American cars on their first date, and even spoke about a shared dream of converting a big bus.
Just a few months later, they shipped a 36ft x 8ft yellow bus from New York to Southampton in the south of England.
It still contained kids’ toys, discarded school jumpers, and sick notes, and they spent nearly a year converting it into a luxe mobile home.
Out came the seats and in went heating, a ‘cinema room’, a bathroom, a fireplace, and a king size bed, but crucially the iconic yellow exterior remains untouched.
Videos on Instagram show their entire process, and the work that went into the transformation.
Lucy said: “We both shared the same dream of owning a big vehicle to do a road trip for a year or longer.
“We worked so hard on it, it’s been blood, sweat and tears just because we’d never taken on anything like that before.. and how we achieved the look we wanted to achieve, I’m really proud of it.”
Lucy, who’s a nanny, went on her first date to a rooftop bar in London with tattoo artist Glen in July 2019.
When their bus arrived from the States? “It was huge,” Lucy says. “It’s so much more daunting in real life but I absolutely loved it, I couldn’t actually believe I owned it.”
The couple got to work with a full renovation, tearing out the seats and flooring before installing electrics, plumbing, and heating, and partitioning off the bathroom and bedroom.
Then they added things like a sofa bed, dining area, compostable toilet, indoor shower, fridge, hob, oven, work desk, shower, and even a garage space for outdoor equipment.
The bus enthusiasts have now nearly completed another second school bus renovation, which they plan to take on a road trip around American and Canada before leasing it out as an Airbnb.
As for that first bus that you can see in the photos above? Lucy and Glenn have decided to sell their first American bus in a raffle, with tickets costing £20 ($28).
They’re offering the motorhome, along with £1,000 ($1,390) towards the category-C license required to drive it, as well as six months of free storage.