Couple turn £2,500 double decker bus into fully functioning and stylish home

A creative couple have solved their housing needs by converting an old London bus into a stylish home.

Charlie MacVicar, 26, and her boyfriend Luke Walker, 27, refurbished the red bus into a 544-square foot residence to save on paying a mortgage or rent.

The young woman’s dad owned some and in Essex so the duo pay him a small fee to park their bus in the area.

The bus used to be filled with seats and handrails, but now there’s a fireplace, wood-fired stove, bed, walk-in wardrobe, kitchen and even a bathtub.

In the upstairs of the double decker bus is the bed, two side tables, a television, and a bathroom.

Just imagine taking a bath with those views…

Downstairs, in the kitchen and living room areas, there’s an oven, hob, microwave, sink, fridge and washing machine.

Plus, a desk for working, seating areas and storage for all the couple’s things.

There’s also a dining space with enough room to seat three people.

Charlie and Luke post snaps and updates of their London bus home on Instagram, @doubledeckerhome, where they have thousands of followers.

Creative Charlie told the Metro: "We knew renting or having a mortgage would tie us down and we wouldn’t have as much flexibility so after watching George Clarke’s ‘amazing spaces’ we went through different options such as; shipping containers, caravans etc and eventually chose a double decker bus.

“The process was challenging at times but we were very lucky to have the likes of our families to help.

“Myself and my boyfriend are not your typical creative type.”

She continued: “We have mostly worked office jobs and there were some parts of the bus we simply couldn’t do our selves.

“The electric, plumping and carpentry was done by either family or professionals.

“As much as we would like to take credit for the hard work we certainly couldn’t of done it without others.”

The couple bought the bus for just £2,500 in 2017 and spent around £15,000 on the conversion.

They’ve lived in their unusual home since 2018 as it took a year to renovate.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the pair are working from their bus which is connected to electricity, WiFi, water and has gas delivered.

Handy.

Plus, there’s an air-con and heating unit to make their lived more comfortable.

Outside of their bus, Charlie and Luke have put together a pretty patio with outdoor seating and two pet goats.

There’s also a pond outside.

Talk about living the dream…

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