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Double-Decker Was Converted Into a 3-Bedroom Home, Features a Toilet as a Driver's Seat

I love writing about mobile homes because I get to see the extent of people's creativity. They can take any sort of vehicle and somehow make it suitable for living inside it. Today, I'm checking out a 3-bedroom home made from an old double-decker bus.
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Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Family Freedom
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I wrote about a 1953 double-decker bus transformed into a beautiful tiny home about a week ago. By the way, it's still for sale. After that article, I started looking for more double-decker buses turned tiny homes, and that's how I stumbled upon the rig I'm checking out today.

What we have here is an old, decommissioned double-decker: a Leyland Olympian – I wish I could tell you more about its model year, but unfortunately, I couldn't find any info on that. It's surely somewhere between 1980 and 1993. Just like most converted double-deckers, this vehicle hasn't run for a long time. Instead, it was parked (or, better said, pulled) into this nice and quiet spot in a field.

Right outside the bus, the creators of this home added a large wooden deck complete with a roof, chairs, a table, and sun loungers. Another notable spot outside the bus is a dedicated bathroom/shower facility, as the bus unfortunately doesn't have any shower inside.

Double\-Decker Was Converted Into a 3\-Bedroom Home, It Features a Toilet as a Driver's Seat
Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Family Freedom
Step inside through the bus's front left side, and you'll see my favorite spot in this rig (it's probably going to be your favorite, too). It's the driver's cabin, but with a major twist – instead of the driver's chair, you have a fully functioning toilet. All the original buttons and the steering wheel are still there, so you can imagine you're a bus driver while dropping a number two.

Regarding design, it doesn't look as well and new as the last double-decker I talked about. That being said, it's still an okay design. Moreover, it was probably a relatively budget-friendly conversion, so you can't really expect top-notch interior design.

One nice thing is that many of the bus's original elements were kept during the conversion. For instance, you'll find most of the metal bars the bus originally had still in place. Other examples are the stop signs and the buttons that triggered them. It would've been nice for them to still work.

Double\-Decker Was Converted Into a 3\-Bedroom Home, It Features a Toilet as a Driver's Seat
Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Family Freedom
Moving on, the ground floor of the bus is occupied by a kitchen and an enormous lounge area. The kitchen features an oven with a grill, a toaster, a kettle, a small fridge, and a round stainless steel sink. For storage, you can use various drawers and cabinets. By the way, the plumbing and electrical systems are connected to the main grid. You also get a solar panel on the roof.

The lounge is comprised of two parts. The one near the kitchen still has the bus's original seats; only they were reupholstered. The rear part of the ground floor sits a bit higher up - that's where the owners fitted a huge table and a U-shaped couch. There's also a rear emergency exit right beside this lounge area, but it's no longer openable.

Let's head on upstairs, where you'll find all the sleeping spaces. I'll start with the bedroom at the rear of the bus, which is sort of a master bedroom. It's got windows on all three sides and features a comfortable king-size bed. You can use the space underneath the bed for storage. Furthermore, you can use curtains to cover all the windows to get a good night's sleep.

Double\-Decker Was Converted Into a 3\-Bedroom Home, It Features a Toilet as a Driver's Seat
Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Family Freedom
The next bedroom is a bit smaller. It comes with windows on a single side and boasts a double bed that occupies the entire space. What I mean is that you don't get any walking space beside the bed, so you'll have to jump straight in. You also get a storage spot under the bed and a plug-in heater in case the room gets too cold.

The final bedroom is located at the front of the bus. It's the smallest of the three bedrooms, but it offers the best view of the fields nearby. What I like about the bedrooms is that they offer privacy from the other occupants.

If you count the lounge area on the ground floor, you'd probably be able to fit around 9-10 people inside this bus, maybe even a bit more. Personally, I would've sacrificed one bedroom and added a bathroom in its place, maybe even with a walk-in shower, since there's so much space available.

Double\-Decker Was Converted Into a 3\-Bedroom Home, It Features a Toilet as a Driver's Seat
Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Family Freedom
Besides that, I feel like there are other spots where the space wasn't used to its fullest potential. Don't get me wrong, the layout is okay, but I'm used to seeing really creative conversions, so I can't help but think this could've been done a bit better. The toilet in the driver's cabin is one of the coolest features, although it would make me spend too much time there.

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About the author: Mircea Mazuru
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Starting out with a motorcycle permit just because he could get one two years earlier than a driver's license, Mircea keeps his passion for bikes (motor or no motor) alive to this day. His lifelong dream is to build his own custom camper van.
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