Our Skoolie

Tour our Skoolie with Deek Diedricksen of RelaxShacksDOTcom.

A little history:

1 Van DwellingYears ago, I was determined to be a van dweller.  I was newly single and loved the freedom of living ultra-cheap, and I wanted to do some traveling.  I bought a van for $700 and had a friend give it a complete tune up for $800, lol.  I called the van “Vincent, my Van that Goghs” which quickly was shortened to just “Vinnie”.  I set about making the inside nice.  However, just about the time I finished my van and began contemplating taking the leap to full time… I met a man!  I wasn’t looking for another life partner, but it sure was nice to be a part of a real love story.  Xaver and I got married and built a restaurant together, but he was running his business (He’s a pipe organ builder) and I was running the restaurant and we were working crazy hours and missing each other so we finally decided to sell the restaurant.  It gave us the chance to hit the reset button on our lives, and we loved our new found freedom!

Kitchen Simplicity Cover 11202017Then we came back to this idea of tiny living and we purchased Vinnie 2 in the fall of 2014.  Vinnie was 125 square feet without a loft, and he was a perfect fit for us and our little dawg. We enjoyed life together in our tiny house very much (there were some difficult patches also) and the experience gave birth to my first book, Kitchen Simplicity.

IMG_3403After speaking at the Tiny House and Simple Living Jamboree in Texas last year, I was enamored with the Skoolies I saw there!  (Skoolie = bus turned into a home.)  We purchased a turtle shell short bus that used to live at Monticello and began the conversion.




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We created a kitchen with a repurposed dresser for storage, a small retro fridge, white Japanese stone counter top, and built in storage at the back of the counter.  The water system is super simple with a pitcher pump that acts as both faucet and pump.  The water system is completely off grid in our skoolie.

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IMG_8467We created a pair of sofas inspired by the furniture design of Le Corbusier.  They fold out into a queen sized bed.  The view from the pillows is spectacular.

There are a pair of shelves made from curly maple by my handsome Austrian.  Beyond that is a bathroom on the right and a closet on the left.

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My very favorite thing is to have those sofas full of interesting people talking about anything and everything.  My other favorite thing has been hearing how people respond to this bus when we are at a tiny house festival.  That’s been a lot of fun!