1959 Chevrolet Viking Short Bus Guest Bedroom

by Kent Griswold on November 2nd, 2012. 20 Comments
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Kasey March who does the proofing and editing on the posts here on the Tiny House Blog made this neat find.

Portland, Maine architect Will Winkelman provided this restoration on a 1959 Chevrolet Viking short bus. His client was looking for something flexible and moveable for both wilderness exploration as well as being function and funky for a guest bedroom at home.

To make it funky Winkleman inserted an alternative life into the bus. With beads, dangles, and paisleys, they brought the 60′s lifestyle into the bus.

Using boatbuilding skills they transformed every inch into usable space and using recycled materials for the floor and other parts of the interior they made a beautiful space to live in and enjoy.

Read the full article and see more pictures at Remodelista. Thanks Kasey for sharing this cool space.

Photo Credits: Remodelista

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guest bedroom

20 Responses to “1959 Chevrolet Viking Short Bus Guest Bedroom”

  1. Nice to see how well-done the inside is and the outside is so neat!

  2. Dovie says:

    The details on this one are stunning. I love that they kept the handrail on the ceiling.

  3. JCinCT says:

    Very nice looking, and a nifty color scheme!…..great idea

  4. alice h says:

    I like the way the beds are set up and it’s a really nice looking conversion. For some reason it makes me think of the Orient Express train. It makes beautiful guest quarters but seems a bit short on practical kitchen space for a “wilderness” camper. From the pictures on the other site it looks like there’s just a sink and the table. Maybe there’s some kind of workspace tucked away or cooking is done outside.

  5. Lisa says:

    This is absolutely great! There’s so much attention to detail. It’s a great redo.

  6. Beth says:

    Is this for sale? I would be interested.

  7. molly says:

    This is beautiful! I would love to live in this tiny home and travel the country. The pictures seem like it would feel very cozy and warm. Thank you for sharing this with us; I have many new ideas!

  8. What sort of motor powers a bus like this? How are they to maintain… i.e. parts still available?

    Nice finishry. Hope I see this bus go by someday.

  9. Veranos says:

    Is there a bathroom?

  10. Paul Jenkins says:

    Very nicely done!

  11. tom says:

    wow, 1959. that is the year the greatest western song was written, recorded, and sung by arizona’s marty robbins! kick back in this old 59 chevy and put the volume up high on “el paso”!!!

  12. dewhit says:

    That is a lot of money on that restoration. Bucks

  13. Sava says:

    Great job on this bus!! I love the inside. Lots of love went into redoing this. :)

  14. Shell says:

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing. : )

  15. justin says:

    in the 90s when I was an independent trucker, my rig had a 36 inch long sleeper. slightly larger than a casket, taller , but bit tall enough to stand up in.

    I built a bunk that would fold up, cut a hole in the floor, installed a large laundry sink, and mounted a 15 gallon water tank ( with a heat exchanger in the tank from the engine coolant)and 12 volt pump, for my own shower.

    had a porta potty, and a fridge, and a dog.

    Lived like that for 4 years.

    You dont need much room.

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  17. Beth says:

    I am seeking to purchase one. If you have one like this, I would want to hear from you. bethwright92@gmail.com

  18. Lisa Z says:

    Oh My .. if this is not the CooLesT!!! I love it!!! The colors inside & out are just perfect!! Bravo!!!

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