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Posted: November 20, 2015

Georgia couple converts school bus into tiny house

Inside the 1990 Blue Bird bus that Andrew and Julie Puckett converted into their home.
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Inside the 1990 Blue Bird bus that Andrew and Julie Puckett converted into their home.

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By Fiza Pirani

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia natives Julie and Andrew Puckett always knew the traditional pickett-fenced five-bedroom house wasn't for them. Today, they live in a custom-renovated 1990 Bluebird bus made up of less than 200 square feet.

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The big move started last year when the rent in their 1,000-square-foot Atlanta apartment skyrocketed by nearly 25 percent, essentially forcing them out.

"We didn't see the point in collecting debt for something we weren't buying equity in," Julie said. "And the idea of having so much and cleaning so much just never appealed to us."

The Pucketts were initially interested in the Tiny House movement, but soon realized the prices were much higher than they had expected.

Then Julie saw a listing for a converted school bus in Tennessee.

The pair cashed all of their savings into a cashier's check for just under $10,000 and drove up to catch a first glimpse of their new home.

"It wasn't the most beautiful thing," Julie said. "But it had good bones."

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It only took about $1,000, five months and tremendous help from family members before the bus was fully renovated and the new homeowners were ready to move in.

The bus is painted a rustic teal on the outside and white on the inside. A couch pulls out as a bed where Andew and Julie's dog, Starbuck — named after the character from Battlestar Galactica — often lounges. There's an RV-style toilet, a shower with an on-demand water heater and a small kitchen.

"We realize tiny living isn't a one-size-fits all solution to the housing crisis," Julie said. "What we do hope is that people will see our story, and realize how freeing it can be to live with less."

The Pucketts, both members of their own folk-rock band, even have a vision of one day turning the bus into their very own "tiny tour bus."

Follow their blog, House Bus, as the pair documents their day-to-day experiences in their tiny, unique home.

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