Building a Staircase in our Tiny House

Now that we’ve started framing, the bus looks closer and closer to being finished. It’s surreal watching all of our plans begin to take shape, and it’s exciting and sort of intimidating. We were talking the other day about our expectations for the completion of this project. We have an idealistic picture of what the final product will be, and in reality, it probably will probably fall short of many of our expectations.

It’s probably not going to be perfect! But that’s the beauty of art, and that’s how we’re approaching this project.

In this video, we show you some of our work building a bed structure into the back of our bus. It’s three teared. So, the top two bunks are for our kids and the bottom bunk, which rests near the floor is for us. There will be storage under our bed and over the top bunk. The back three feet of the bus will be set aside for a garage and utility closet. The stair case leading to the top bunk will double as clothes storage and a box for our water tanks.

Things are moving along!

Our next step is to frame in the bathroom, which was such a daunting puzzle piece to place. Then, decide exactly what material we want to use for our kitchen, and begin to work on the cabinets and the countertop, etc. After we finish framing, we’ll begin plumbing and electrical. We’re so excited to have you on this journey with us!

Please, leave a comment with any questions that you have. We’d love to hear from you!

Originally published at on April 7, 2017.

The Jamisons are a family of four converting a Chevy Blue Bird school bus into their tiny home. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter @_thejamisons or on YouTube. Also, if you want to support this publication or their YouTube channel consider becoming a Patron.




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