Skoolies and the Tiny House Magazine

Tiny House Magazine Issue 29

This month’s magazine is a special edition exploring school buses converted into tiny houses.

Retired buses, rescued from the sidelines, are each given a special design and new color as seen by the new owner.

Jeremy Arndt says that: “When we were in the planning phases for our new tiny home, one of the biggest criteria was that it was mobile and drivable under its own power. In essence, we wanted a tiny home, but also wanted an RV to suit our needs and mobile lifestyle.”

Nina Nelson in her interview states: “There are a few reactions I get when people find out we lived in skoolie for a year with four kids. They range from jaws dropping and eyes widening in shock because it’s the craziest thing anyone’s ever heard of.”

Kelly Ross of Just Right Bus says: “When we bought the bus in March 2013 we had to remove all of the paraphernalia that made it look like a school bus. This included the stop sign, the bar the swings out from the front and the lettering on the outside. We roughly sanded off the words and put a spray of metal primer on top to prevent rust and this is how our Petunia looked for about a year.”

These stories and much more are included in this issue of the Tiny House Magazine.

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Tiny House Magazine Stories

The Great American Tiny Home Building Contest to be held in North Carolina

What does a tiny house or small house community look like? Does it have a community center? Can you grow a garden? Can you have chickens? It is near a pedestrian friendly city? Who knows? The conversation has taken place in a number of forums, on a number of platforms, and around many a campfire. Towns like Spur, Texas have launched large scale marketing campaigns to bring out tiny house enthusiasts and posture themselves as tiny house friendly towns. But for one reason or another none have truly been as successful as anyone would hope and this is especially true on the East coast. I think that is why I am so personally excited for the Great American Tiny Home Building Contest (click here to read more about the contest or if you are a builder and would like to enter) held at Coral Sands Point Recreational Village near Lexington, NC.


Coral Sands is a park model tiny home resort located on the Abbot’s Creek section of High Rock Lake near Lexington, NC. Established in 2008, they were literally “tiny when tiny wasn’t cool.” I first came to know about the community in 2010 or so. Coral Sands offers deeded, waterfront lots for sale (or lease) for park model, RV-style tiny homes under 400 square feet. They have the land, you bring the tiny home. They do occasionally have lot+cabin packages available and currently have two. One is 298 sq.ft. with a sleeping loft (no bedroom) and the other is a 398 sq.ft. with a full sized bedroom (no loft). The community currently has 21 tiny home lots for sale or lease.

Coral 1

In addition to being able to own your land, each site has its own private pier and floater and is allowed the use of the concrete boat launch, swimming area, bath house, and other amenities not available to other High Rock Lake homeowners.  Continue reading

Tiny Home Update

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by Audrey Michelle

It’s been far too long since I posted an update on my tiny home… like, four months too long! 😉

It really amazes me how much this “movement” has taken off!

I’ve made quite a few changes around the tiny home, and I’m rather happy with the way things look, now. I feel like it’s finally coming together. My next project is working on the upstairs bedroom/loft area. I need to maximize space and upgrade the whole “college dorm room” feel currently happening. 😉



Upon entering my tiny home, you first see my personalized dresser from the Target Closetmaid collection. It’s actually two pieces stacked on top of each other, and I’ve managed to fit most of my clothing inside! Just to the left of the dresser, I keep the ladder to my loft propped against the wall. As you may recall, this attaches to that black beam for easy access to the loft, and quick removal when not in use!

On the right is the kitchen table, which is where my desk used to be. I just felt like it opened up the house more with the setup this way.



The tiny house layout is basically a square, so along the same wall as the kitchen table is where my sewing machine and computer now reside. As well as a mirror I swapped from my bathroom. My landlord told me that a mirror makes a space appear larger, so I was all over that! I also love how Callee posed for some of these pics 😉

The “main room” is more open now with the table in a different place, and I like that!



So when I’m sitting on the couch, this is what I now see:



The view from the other side of the room. It’s amazing how that mirror trick really works!

I still need to consider some curtains, but what for, really?!?!! 😛



The kitchen and my now-complete water heater/table combo which is perfect for housing the Vitamix and this funky little lamp I got at a second-hand store.



And then there’s the viking. The personalized, one-of-a-kind viking oven/microwave/steamer combo. Apparently viking is kind of a big deal. Every one of my foodie friends that sees it is like, “daaaannng, you have a VIKING?!?!” My landlord told me he had to custom-design the structure around this “mini-viking.” It is sui generis and I may be the only person in the world with a mini-viking in my mini-house!

So, seriously – thanks again, Jeff! 😉



And so I took out the mirror in the bathroom and hung it in the living room. I replaced it with this cute little mirror I also found at the second-hand store. And my landlord installed this sweet medicine cabinet for extra storage space. I love how it fit right into the wall!

And who doesn’t love a clawfoot tub?! It could be my favorite part of the house. 😉

PS – A few people commented on the toilet last time I posted. I do have a fully functional and practical commode which only uses 1.3 gallons of water per flush!


Thanks for taking the latest tour with me! Stay tuned for more updates. And please comment below if you are a “tiny home” dweller, as well!

TV Show Casting Tiny House Enthusiasts


Are you building a tiny home or funky small space in the upcoming months? Let a major network TV show help turn it into an amazing tiny dream home!  

A major network and award-winning production company are seeking individuals and families nationwide that are planning on downsizing their home, and are looking to build and move into a tiny house, or funky small living space. In this brand new series, a team of expert builders and designers will help you design and build an amazing small dream home.

Interested individuals, couples & families must be looking for new tiny home, cabin, cottage, apartment, trailer, etc. anywhere in the USA, and are hoping to purchase within the next 2-6 months. Interested applicants must be willing to tell their story on national television, and let a team of experts help make their tiny dream a breathtaking reality!

We are seeking all kinds of tiny homes (cabins, cottages, trailers, etc.), but we are especially seeking projects that involve urban micro homes, floating houses and container conversion homes.

To apply, and for details and requirements, please fill out the application by clicking the following link: 

Do you already live in a tiny home or funky small space? Let a major network TV show showcase your amazing space, and tell your story on National TV!

We are also seeking individuals and families nationwide that have moved into a tiny house, or funky small living space.  Whether it’s tiny home, cabin, cottage, apartment, trailer, etc., we want to showcase the most unique and inspiring small spaces in the country! If this is you or someone you know, we want to hear from you!

To apply, please fill out the application by clicking the following link:

For inquiries or to apply, email pictures and the following information to name, location, build budget, information on who will live with you, why you are choosing to live in a tiny home, and what you would like your space to look like. Also include contact information as well.

Colin's House

Colin’s Coastal Cabin to learn more go to these two links: and

Tiny Mountain Town

by Audrey Michelle

Have you ever been the first at anything? This is my first “first”…

I am the first person to live in this amazing tiny home in the Rocky Mountains. I have only been a resident of “tiny mountain town” for 3 weeks, but it has given my heart a tremendous sense of peace and I love having everything I own in 300 square feet! I began downsizing my life about 5 years ago when I sold most of my belongings and moved to New York City. This paved the road that would turn out to guide me to a {very liberating and rewarding} minimalist lifestyle.

I was fortunate to meet the builder of this amazing tiny home last year. Legacy Homes of Aspen provides construction services all along the Roaring Fork Valley. Almost every time a job is complete, what remains is leftover materials that often tend to be discarded because the client doesn’t want them. This spawned a creative idea in the owner Jeff’s mind, as it was difficult for him to continue to watch perfectly good building material go to waste.

“There is nothing wrong with this material; it is often bought in excess or mis-picked, therefore it cannot be used for the job at hand,” Jeff explains. “I had the space on my property in the mountains to build a tiny home using these discarded materials.” Jeff is definitely a builder, “I love using my hands to create things,” he says. This project was obviously pretty personal to him, and I feel blessed to be “deserving” of this place to call home for now. The Universe provided the opportunity, and I completely jumped on it, heart first! :)

Here are some photographs of the finished product, prior to me moving in.

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tiny mountain home :)

big yard

nice big yard, and the big beautiful Rocky Mountains at every corner…

view from the back

view from the back…

outside dining space

outside dining space…

amazing views

amazing views…

outside lamp

complete with outside heat lamp and fire pit for these cool fall nights…

living room

a 200-square foot {furnished} living space…

mini kitchen

a fully functional and practical mini-kitchen…

claw foot tub

personalized claw-foot tub {score!}…


and a sleeping loft!

Home Sweet {Tiny} Home! :)

audrey michelle