Instead of searching for her dream home, Jessie Lipskin decided to create it. Scrolling through eBay, Jessie fell in love with a 1966 GMC bus and instantly bought it.
She spent the next few years converting the vehicle into a house on wheels, and the gorgeous results display all the effort she put in the project. Jessie explains that her nontraditional home was inspired by the pursuit of an eco-friendly lifestyle.
“My first draw to the alternative sustainable lifestyle was the documentary Garbage Warrior,” Lipskin told GIGGAG. In the documentary Michael Reynolds, an eco-architect, designs and builds earthships using all-recycled materials.
“It really resonated with me. I began to consume everything I could read, more about sustainable lifestyles. Ultimately, a home on wheels seemed like a perfect solution: I could easily explore new places (finding a permanent place to settle, in the short term, was not a priority for me), and I could continue to live a vegan lifestyle.”
“RVs lacked the aesthetic I was going for, so I landed on a vintage bus conversion which could be registered and insured as an RV.”
Jessie said that the hardest part was finding the right people to help her complete the conversion. “I love DIY, however, I don’t have experience with plumbing, electrical, carpentry needed for this project,” she added. “The big challenge was that it was very different from working on a home that’s fixed in one location.
“I constantly had to account for movement, on top of that the angles of the bus and slanted style windows made it challenging to design the best possible layout and curved woodworking. Levels were useless as the bus incline changes depending on location, it was all about calculating angles. This added a lot of time onto the project.”
Despite the hardships, she didn’t give up. Overall, her labor of love took a little over $70k to complete. Jessie has been living in the bus since January, and she absolutely adores it.
Below are pictures of how Jessie managed to turn the bus into a house.