Professional Bus Homebuilder Lives in His Own Woodwork Dream Bus

Posted by on November 24, 2017 in Economy, Tiny Homes & Frugal Living with 0 Comments

via Charles Kern / Art Builders Guild

By Kimberley Mok | Treehugger

From modern live-work spaces to family-oriented dwellings, we’re seeing a number of beautifully renovated interiors inside buses that have been converted into tiny homes. But what’s great too is that each vehicle has its own fascinating story behind it. Take Denver, Colorado’s Charles Kern of Art Builders Guild, a professional bus homebuilder who first built his own home on wheels a few years ago, using a bus that has quite a history. We get a tour inside via Zillow:

Charles Kern / Art Builders Guild

© Charles Kern / Art Builders Guild

Charles Kern / Art Builders Guild

© Charles Kern / Art Builders Guild

Charles tells us that he converted a bus for a simple reason: he needed a place to live as a cash-strapped 20-year-old philosophy student, and as someone who was knowledgeable about buses for over a decade, it seemed like the best solution. Charles relates the story behind the bus that he calls The Queen — a 1982 Bluebird Bus on an International Harvester chassis — and her special powers:


She had been a school bus in a rural district before becoming a youth group bus for the Queen of Peace Catholic Parish here in Denver. I found a lot of great relics while gutting it, including the usual bits of candy and gum and a sweet “Queen of Peace Youth Group” keychain. It’s always ran great and it’s the only bus I’ve known that doesn’t leak. I think it still has the holy spirit in it.

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Charles Kern / Art Builders Guild

© Charles Kern / Art Builders Guild

The Queen is pretty special: for starters, she has a raised roof that gives more interior headspace. As soon as one enters, the warm wood panelling and big windows seem to give off a down-to-earth, homey feeling. A good portion of the wood for the cabinets and bathroom was rescued from demolition sites around Denver, while the ceiling’s wood comes from trees cut by fire mitigation crews fighting the pine beetle infestation in Colorado’s forests.

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The bus is designed to be energy-efficient and is capable of going off-grid. Its robust solar power system includes a 1875-watt solar array, which is more than enough for daily needs, water heater and even occasionally power air conditioning in the summer. To cook, Charles uses a small propane stove, and the bus is also equipped with a 46-gallon freshwater tank.


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