There is a saying, ‘ A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder’. This couple here gave all they had to realize their dreams. They came up with a very unconventional way of merging their dreams with their daily routine. Join in their interesting adventure and see just how different their life is.
Here Are Will and Alyssa
Will Hitchcock and Alyssa Pelletier are two very determined youngsters from the state of California. After meeting in college at Cal Poly Post-graduation, they moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, started their careers in hi-tech start-up companies pursuing their dreams.
Reasons To Leave
They are indeed immensely concentrating on their careers but the couple has an insatiable love for road trips. They came to a realization that the Bay Area was not capable of satisfying this need of theirs. They ultimately left to go live a more meaningful life.
Making A Move
Will and Alyssa embarked upon a new journey and a new life. They sold most of their junk and moved to Boulder, CO to dive into its up-and-coming tech scene and its abundant nature. This seemed like a very promising chance for the couple.
A Need For Flexibility
The two opened a start-up consulting firm during their stay in Boulder. During their work, they understood that only performance mattered for their clients and not the location from where they operated. Will wanted to feel free and devised a new plan.
Will’s Brain Child
Making use of his client’s nature, Will proposed a brilliant and amusing idea in order to satisfy their business and recreational needs. He had an idea to purchase a school bus, transforming it into a home they could actually work from. Alyssa without any hesitation agreed.
Getting A Bus
It did not take much or take too long for them to locate a bus that fit their criteria. On top of it, they were to pick it up only a few miles from Alyssa’s parents’ home where they were building a new home in the near future.
The School Bus
They paid $5,500 to buy their future home. The 2001 GMC/Blue Bird was in great condition, met all of their requirements, had most of the seats removed, and had large bins for storage. Then they started the work.
Starting The Work
It was crunch time for the pair, as they had to change all of the features of the bus to get what they wished for. It took them two days to grind all the interior rivets down so they could remove the interior paneling and insulation.
The Floor Was The Main Challenge
Reconstructing the floor was definitely a challenge. After they removed the panels, the work began. Subsequently, they took out the driver’s seat, so that the entire cabin floor could be accessed. As the rubber and plywood layers were taken off, the work on the steel frame started.
Taking Off The Rust
Beneath the plywood, Alyssa and Will found a very rusty floor. They put on sincere efforts while grinding the rust down, and then painted on a protective coating. Only after this, the subfloor and electrical wiring could be worked on.
Prep For Practicality
The electric prep was then handled. This included electrical wiring, preparing one of the under-bus bins for the electric components and the other for batteries, installing vents for appliances where necessary, and spotlights planted outside.
The Wall Work
One key feature of the home would be placing the walls, before attaching a new ceiling. Unsurprisingly, they had difficulty fitting the studs to a curved ceiling. This was obviously such a task to pull off.
Sealing the Ceiling
This became one of the toughest jobs. They resort to taking the help of their friend Ty, in order to install the ceiling panels. In order to eliminate chances of sagging, Alyssa and Ty received a major arm workout from holding the panels in place while Will secured them.
Fun With Furniture
Since they were nearing their date of the voyage in just a month’s time, it was time to build the furniture. Continuing with 12 hour days, they used saws and screws to fix up everything.
Getting Things Done
They had a target that they needed to attain. They kept a timeline for every task they finished and moved accordingly. To start the month of June, they were now on track for their target on the 18th, having finished painting and paneling the walls, attaching countertops, replacing the driver’s seat, and placing the toilet.
There Was Another Delay
Their aim was to finish the job by June 18th to compete in a 50 km race in Washington but soon discovered that it may be impossible. Fresh off this recent disappointment, Will and Alyssa could achieve all their target tasks in time with some assistance from close friends.
Finishing Major Construction
They were overjoyed to see that their bus has indeed become acceptable for residence. Following another super-weekend of completing the bathroom and water system; hooking up the power; adding appliances; and finishing benches, shelves, doors, and desks, they could now move in.
Ensuring their bus became the next problem that they had to fix.No one was ready to ensure the bus. They tried over 30 companies before finding someone to work with them.
Using Solar Power
Solar panels were obviously chosen to give the bus energy. Like other roof related issues, they had to customize a base for the panels due to the roof’s shape.
Bus’ Best Friend
Alyssa and Will gave praise to the One above for gifting them with such wonderful friends and family, who helped them in each and every step of their endeavor. Their Burmese mountain dog Hilde was the most efficient.
Finally Moving In
The bus was finally ready to be filled with the housing stuff after months of extensive working. Although they still needed to secure insurance before taking it on the road, the inside was very well put up.
The only thing that gave-away the bus was the entryway. It had easy access to storage areas, coin-grip floor, and even some toys for Hilde.
The Living Area
To be very comfortable, the couple needed to place their living space in the most spacious area of the bus, situated behind the entryway and driver’s seat. It had a comfy couch with storage under the cushions and a dining room table that folds out from the wall. Hilde would frequently stretch here.
This is Alyssa’s favorite room on the bus. This area contains everything one needs for a good meal. Complete with a toaster oven, two-burner stove, and small refrigerator, Alyssa reveals that this kitchen is bigger than the one in their former flat.
Will’s mind originally became aroused because of this idea. After giving their best, their home office now consists of two computer stations and houses the dining chairs (which double over as desk chairs) while in transit.
The Master Bedroom
A nice bed and a comfy bedroom make up how comfortable home is. In the bus, the bedroom is a tight fit, but still holds the comfy bed, floating shelves, and a couple of drawers.
The Room-less Bathroom
In a bus with limited space, their bathroom would be the most inconvenient room. Inside there is only a composting toilet and a tiny shower behind a curtain.
An Offbeat Garage
Two outdoor-crazed people obviously need some storage area for their gadgets. Welcome to the garage. The back of their bus has been totally converted into a garage. It holds their bikes, helmets, packs, grills, and anything else they may need outside of the bus.
On Moving Forward
Starting from July, their journey in the bus commenced. $30,000 of repairs, maintenance, and furnishing later, The couple is now able to live their dream life.
The Never-Ending Adventure
Nowadays, The couple continues to run their blog about their adventures on the road inside the bus. Will surprised Alyssa with a proposal on one of their first hikes out from the bus. Alyssa again complies.