$6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family home

In 2014, Tasmanian couple Emma and Nick Hill decided to purchase a bus to live in so they could build a strawbale home on their family’s farmland in Tamar Valley, Tasmania.

bus 500x333 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeThey bought a 1985 Volvo bendy bus for $6,000 on Gumtree and were thrilled when it was in excellent condition. Nick then took a year of service leave from his job as a teacher to spend $45,000 and turn it into their home.

23823453 240500946484868 7115102471059406848 n - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeThe Hills finally moved into their bendy bus in 2015, mid-way through renovations when their oldest child was 15 months. At the time, Emma was pregnant with their middle child. When the family realised they wouldn’t be able to build a strawbale home, they began the tiny home life in earnest. Photo: Rob Anderson

hideaway bus 24 500x425 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeNick made sure the bus had all the creature comforts of home like a full-size kitchen, full-size shower, and king-size bed, and they sold a lot of their possessions that wouldn’t fit into their limited storage space.

Emma said simplicity was a significant part of the design and build process, and they also used upcycled, second-hand materials, local products, and handmade items. They encountered many challenges, but the final result was beautiful – The Bus hideaway quickly became a functional home with a living room, kitchen, bedroom area, fireplace, and even an office.

hideaway bus 3 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeThe bus is permanently connected to an extra room, with more space for relaxing. The corrugated iron room with an aluminium sliding door maximises the view and lets in all-day sun.

35575724 275863209817735 3454684230464831488 n 1 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeThe room connected to the bus has beautiful wooden flooring, light colours, and plenty of space for reading, relaxing, and storage. There is also a secret laundry.

35575610 328478054355707 7072136159396102144 n 1 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeThe entrance to the bus has rich wooden flooring and wood features throughout. It’s also light, spacious, and warm, courtesy of the aspect and plenty of windows and doors. Amy Guy Photography

40490719 459292707916280 6763859415461173488 n 1 1 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeWhen you enter The Bus Hideaway for the first time, you’re met with a convenient office nook. This area features wood flooring and walls, along with a practical desk for study or work. A window is strategically positioned for plenty of natural light.

hideaway bus 15 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeEmma said they kept the original windows in the bus, which have some wear and tear. However, she loves how much natural light they let in and how they help you feel close to the surroundings.

242803754 406030771109425 1743587738067900824 n.webp 1 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeThe full-size kitchen was a must-have for Emma. It has plenty of storage space, meal preparation room, and full-sized appliances. The windows of the bus also let in plenty of natural light.

hideaway bus 36 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeThe Hills wanted to use as many reclaimed materials as they could, so second-hand wood flooring features throughout the bus. It makes it welcoming and homely.

hideaway bus 25 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeThe wooden floors and ceiling add a sense of warmth and homeliness to the bus and work in harmony with the soft furnishing colours. Photo: Lauren Mckinnon Photography

hideaway bus 18 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeThe dining table for two is a Norden gateleg table from IKEA with built-in draws for storage. The windows above it provide plenty of natural light and views over farmland. Photo: Lauren Mckinnon Photography

hideaway bus 26 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeWinters are never a problem in The Bus Hideaway since the bus is heated by an efficient and practical Jotul wood fireplace. Photo: Lauren Mckinnon Photography

hideaway bus 29 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeNick built the couches to fit into the curves of the bus at the request of Emma. She wanted a couch big enough for her to sit cross-legged she fed her babies. It’s a favourite seat with many guests. Photo: Lauren Mckinnon Photography

hideaway bus 35 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeA full-size bathroom connects the living space and bedroom. This was another requirement Emma had when Nick was working on the bus over a 12-month period.

40917221 236633910346113 6285168054257822001 n 1 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeThe bathroom has a generous amount of storage space, a window to let in natural light, and easy access to the bedroom at the end.

hideaway bus 30 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeRustic wall panels and a strong wood theme reflect a charming farmhouse style.

hideaway bus 11 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeThe shower is as large as one you’d find in any traditional home, and the bathroom also has a composting toilet.

hideaway bus 13 - $6,000 bendy bus was transformed into a stunning family homeA king-sized bed was something Emma wanted in their bedroom, and it fits perfectly. The master bedroom has timber walls, storage, and views out of the bus windows to the river. They have also finished the bed in bold colours with linen and a wild flower-printed cushion.

The family’s tiny home journey came to an end after two years when they decided they needed more space. The Hills now have three children, live in a traditional home, and rent out The Bus Hideaway on Airbnb starting at $220 per night. You can follow the Hideaway Bus on Instagram

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