November was not as productive as we would have hoped. It was a busy month. Originally, we hoped to be finished by November’s end, but it just wasn’t
Here’s what we’ve been working on:
Specifically, this has been my big project. Covering that green bus ceiling has not been easy. It seems to take about 4 good coats. This is tiresome when you are working just a foot or so above your head and are looking up the entire time. Needles to say, it’s taken many hours of painting to get it to this point. The walls are paneled with thin wood (I’m not sure what it’s called). If we had the money, we might have used RV paneling, but we didn’t. Hopefully, we won’t have any issues with moisture. We primed it with BINZ and will be painting the walls a nice neutral color.
Here you can see the extension we added to what was originally built to be our bed. We added this extension to make the bed area longer. Our bed was going to be parallel with the back of the bus, but the kids will be sleeping side-by-side, parallel with the side of the bus. We painted the ceiling and have primed the bed and walls.
2) The Kitchen.
We parked the bus at Lowe’s and loaded the kitchen cabinets right in. They are unfinished, and I’m not sure what finish I want them in yet. Overhead cabinets or shelving will go in above this.
Anthony has the cold water plumbed in and the propane connected to the stove. We need to purchase our hot water heater and shower before he can finish the plumbing.
Here is a shot at some of the kitchen cabinets (still unfinished) and the new counter dry fitted on top. This is where the sink will go.
3. Finishing the Floor.
Anthony has the entire bus floored with the leftover laminate flooring we had from our house. The only exception are the entry stairs. I’m not sure what we will do about that yet.
You can see the kitchen here on the right. We will probably put some overhead cabinets or shelving above as well. To the left, across from the kitchen, will be our Murphy bed.
4. Building Closets.
Here is the biggest difference in our bus. We are going to have two large closets that span over the rear wheel wells. Originally, we would have liked the bathroom next to the back bedroom, but there was no room for a black water tank to go underneath it.
The closets will be huge storage areas that most RVs are lacking. We will need them since we will be living in our bus full time. One side will be a closet for the kids and the other will be for us, and perhaps some bulk food storage.
Dude helps daddy square up some framing for the closet wall.
Looking to the back. The newest wall for a closet on the left. There will be two large closets, one for us and one for the kids, that will basically house all of our personal belongings. We are using leftover laminate flooring for the walls (and floor) that we had in our house. It’s free.
We have a dream of being moved in by the end of the year, though I doubt we will be completely done. It really depends on cash flow. Anthony’s mom is buying our family the kitchen sink for Christmas! We are excited about that. Our last large purchases are an on-demand hot water heater (about $500), the shower stall and shroud ($500), the couches, and a new driver’s seat. It is up to the Lord at this point.
When we do move in, we now have a place to park our bus! It’s a temporary solution for about a year. Our church is in the process of putting in temporary buildings to use as classrooms. During the building process, we can file for a special permit to park an RV on the premises for security purposes. This is a somewhat nice opportunity, as we will be able to park for free and get electricity, sewage, water and WiFi. It’s really close to Anthony’s office (about 100 ft!), and within walking/biking distance to downtown and Anthony’s mom’s house (where our chickens and garden are).