Installing cabinet shelves, stair storage, and a vent fan in our tiny house

These projects did take us an entire weekend, but it doesn’t look like we did much. It’s an interesting period for us, as this project has been stewing in our imaginations for about a year. Finally, we’re seeing it take on some life! Early on, we decided to try and let go of our perfectionism in regards to this project. We’ve probably said this before, but like any creative project we do, this one will probably not live up to all of our ideals. It will be ours, though.

Imagine living in something that you totally designed!

This is super exciting for us.

In this video, we started making our kitchen shelves. Our plan is for the kitchen to feel as open as possible. Jeremiah had the idea for the first level of our lower shelves to be slats, so we worked on finishing those. We’ll only have one set of drawers in the kitchen, and everything else will be open shelving.

The stairs function as storage for our water tanks, but also each individual stair will be a storage box that we’ll probably use for clothes. This week we built the lids for those storage boxes. We’ll build the actual boxes once we’ve finished plumbing the bus.

We hadn’t planned on installing our Fan-tastic vent fan this week, but it’s been raining for days. One of our roof hatches to sprung a leak. Luckily, we were in our bus when it started. So, we decided now was as good a time as any to put in the vent fan. It’s installed and there are no more leaks!

Originally published at on April 25, 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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