Have you ever thought about your dream home? It can sometimes be all too easy to picture all those incredible houses. Perhaps you want the ultimate home spa? Maybe it’s the idea of a huge yard that pulls you in? How about secret corridors and doors that lead you off on your next adventure? Whatever it is, some of us can spend our lives trying to make our dreams a reality. Sometimes, all it takes is a little hard work and dedication. So what about when we have the chance to bring it to life with our own hands? That’s right; one woman knew exactly what she wanted, and it appeared as though she was willing to put in all the effort to bring it to life. However, her dream was very different from many others. She wanted to take the idea of a grand house and transform it into a tiny home instead.
Many of us know exactly what we want from our dream home. Some of us dream about a huge mansion filled with many rooms. Others hope for nothing other than a cabin in the woods where we can enjoy all the fun of the outdoors without the interruption of everyday life.
It looks as though there can be many things that take our fancy. However, Jessie Lipskin had other ideas. She had a huge dream that would come with a tiny outcome. All Jessie needed to do was find a way to put her plans into motion.
Life in the city
It turns out that Jessie has always lived in New York City. Here, it appears as though she slotted into the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the city as Jessie studied for many years to earn her degree. From there, it was onto a career working with an investment bank. This was a job that would keep Jessie busy. However, it wasn’t long before life in the city was about to show Jessie something that she never realized.
She looked around and noticed that people buy things and lose them all the time. It looked as though many material items had become meaningless as many have lost respect for their things. In fact, Jessie believes that some possessions go on to live meaningless lives as they no longer have a purpose in the world. This was just the beginning of her grand idea. Something had to change.
On the move
Jessie was used to moving. In fact, she confessed that she has moved seven times in the last few years as she relocates to keep up with her job and friends. All of that moving around meant that Jessie had got rid of a lot of her things over the years. She didn’t want to worry about having to move items across the city anymore and decided that it was easier to hold onto just her necessities instead.
Believe it or not, but Jessie was left with so few possessions that she could fit them all in an SUV. Her entire life had been whittled down to just a few items. It was only then that Jessie started to think about living a mobile lifestyle. It wasn’t long before Jessie was given a chance to make her idea come to life.
Searching for inspiration
It wasn’t until Jessie saw a documentary called Garbage Warrior that everything started to fall into place. The show featured Michael Reynolds, an eco-artist who used recycled items to build many creations all powered by solar power. Michael then called these machines Earthships. The idea of living a sustainable life drew Jessie in as she wanted to learn more and more about Michael’s work.
It looked as though the artist had spent years crafting his own way of life. Michael compared his life and those around him to a herd of buffalo. He explained how everyone was running toward the edge of a cliff. However, Michael didn’t want to fall off the edge. He had to be the buffalo that would turn them left or right and show the rest of the herd that there was more to life than following everyone else to the end.
A growing trend
It appears as though tiny homes have become a huge hit all across the world. Now, Jessie wanted to become a part of the new lifestyle. She had already transitioned to live a vegan lifestyle as Jessie had cut out everything that she no longer needed. Now, it was time to take her dreams one step further. Believe it or not, but tiny homes have been a growing trend since back in the ‘70s as people looked to create unique living spaces.
However, they didn’t hit the headlines until the economic depression in 2008. All of a sudden, many were looking for more affordable ways to live as they could no longer afford the larger houses. It looked as though the only way forward was to live in smaller and smaller homes. Jessie wanted to find a way to bring her tiny home to life.
Looking for answers
To start, Jessie considered moving her life into an RV. This would mean that she could travel wherever she liked, and she would have everything she needed. It seemed to be the perfect answer. That was until Jessie realized that she wanted a home with a little more character.
Many of the RVs had been used as vacation homes, but Jessie wished for something that had more stories to tell. Jessie was inspired by Michael and wanted to breathe life into a house instead.
The perfect answer
Jessie was scrolling through eBay when she stumbled across something. It was perfect. Jessie was now looking at a 1966 Greyhound bus. It was everything she needed. After all, it was on wheels and gave Jessie the character that she longed for.
The best bit? The bus came fitted with all the original seats. Jessie found the bus in 2015 but knew it would take a lot of time and work if she was going to transform the space into somewhere she could live.
A huge project
It turned out the Greyhound had once been used as a commuter bus. This meant that it once would have taken people all across the state as they went about their day to day lives. Sadly, the Greyhound had been retired for many years meaning the seats and interior were covered in dust.
As if that wasn’t enough, the bus had been stored in the desert in San Francisco Bay meaning the sands had covered it in more dust than usual. It would take a lot of imagination to picture the final result.
One small issue
Although it was a heap of junk to many, to Jessie, the Greyhound was love at first sight. It looked as though this was just the beginning of the adventure, but there was a problem. Jessie wanted the bus to be her home.
However, she didn’t know how to drive. Jessie was determined to get the bus, so soon set about earning her driver’s license to bring it home. It wasn’t long before everything appeared to be falling into place.
Jessie handed over $7,000, and the Greyhound bus was soon her’s to take home. Although Jessie had earned her license, she still didn’t know how to drive a manual. The bus? A manual. It belonged to her, but Jessie couldn’t get the bus back home.
It looked as though her dreams of living in the bus was going to lead Jessie down a long and windy road. Thankfully, it was one that she was willing to take as Jessie was determined to make her dreams come true.
Relocating the bus
Thankfully, Jessie soon found a way to get her bus back home, she enlisted the help of two of her friends who drove it back to New York. Jessie rented somewhere so she could work on the bus in all of her spare time.
It wasn’t long before Jessie realized that she needed to move it to New Jersey. It turned out that she knew some people living in the state who would be able to help gut the bus and bring Jessie’s dream to life. The bus needed all hands on deck for the transformation.
All hands on deck
It didn’t take long for many of Jessie’s friends and local contractors to step forward and offer their help on the bus. The team started to strip out everything they didn’t need from the bus, but no one had any idea how long it would take to complete the Greyhound.
Jessie set about finding tiny home owners and social media accounts of people who had undertaken similar tasks as she looked for inspiration. This was just the start of a three-year project for the team.
Running into difficulties
The bus needed a lot of things if it was going to be transformed into a home. To start, the team needed to fit all the electrics and plumbing necessary to make it habitable. Plus, there was the issue of storage.
Believe it or not, but installing the closets and cupboards turned out to be one of the most troublesome aspects of the renovation. They had to make sure the bus was parked at the same angle every time to ensure the doors and fittings all lined up with one another while they were built.
The grand total
Not only did the project take a lot longer than anyone ever imagined, but it was about to cost a lot more, too. Jessie ended up having to fork out a whopping $125,000 on the Greyhound as she wanted to make sure that everything was perfect.
Thankfully, her team of friends all worked hard to make sure that everything was just right. It might have taken three years to complete, but the team were left with some incredible results at the end.
Plenty of space
Not only had Jessie been able to transform the bus, but she had also been able to create a space that rivaled many New York City apartments. The kitchen came fitted with everything that she needed.
As well as wooden countertops, the area also had an oven and stove top so that she could cook as well as a washing machine. Although it wasn’t a conventional space, it gave Jessie everything that she needed to prepare her meals while she was on the road.
Plenty of luxuries
Jessie confessed that she had opted for a washer-dryer usually found in apartments. This meant that it came fitted with a washer compartment as well as a separate spinning compartment to dry the clothes.
Amazingly, the washer dryer can fit seven pairs of jeans meaning there is plenty of space for all of Jessie’s laundry. The Greyhound also has a hot water tank so that Jessie can do all of her dishes from the comfort of her own tiny home.
Splitting the space
The hot water went even further than just allowing Jessie to wash her own dishes. It also meant that she could fit a bathroom into the bus. Incredibly, Jessie was able to fit a full-size standing shower as she divided the space.
There were two bathrooms, one for the toilet and sink and another for the shower. The rooms were both the same size meaning Jessie had more space to play with in both rather than trying to squeeze everything into one room.
Preparing for the life
Although Jessie wanted to escape from the business of New York City, she admits that living in those small apartments helped to prepare her for life in the Greyhound bus. Smaller living spaces meant that Jessie was used to being organized and tidy.
Plus, not having the room in her home meant that Jessie never held onto anything she didn’t want or need. In the end, Jessie was left with the necessities alongside a few sentimental items she’d collected over the years.
Making the change
Jessie says that life in the Greyhound is her version of minimalism. Although she has learned to get rid of anything that she doesn’t need, Jessie has always made plenty of space for hand me downs and personal photos.
Jessie has now given up everything as she aims to start a new chapter in her life. It might be scary for some, but Jessie believes that she will gain a lifetime of experience thanks to the change. Sometimes. We just need to take the plunge.
A few remaining pieces
One of the few things that Jessie has held onto over the years is her great-grandmother’s china collection. The collection was once kept in New York, but sadly the building caught on fire. Many of her great-grandmother’s possessions were lost to the blaze.
Not the china. Incredibly, Jessie says you can still see some of the burn marks on the pieces but now believes this is merely part of the appeal of the collection rather than something that should be covered or removed.
The perfect fit
It looked as though the china was the perfect heirloom to add to her collection. Jessie says that you can’t use any of the pieces in the microwave or put them in the dishwasher. However, this is no issue for Jessie as she has neither of these things in her Greyhound.
The collection is many years old and has been through a lot over the years. However, Jessie still uses the pieces as she has held onto the complete set all these years.
Her favorite room
There are many aspects to the tiny home. However, Jessie has one room that is her favorite: her bedroom. She was careful to make sure that her bed was fitted next to a giant window at the end of the bus to make it as cozy as possible.
Jessie opted to keep a white color scheme throughout the majority of her tiny home as she wants to make it look as neutral as possible. Even so, Jessie added a splash of color in the bedroom thanks to a stack of books.
Many of us love to settle down on the couch and watch TV at the end of a long day. However, Jessie didn’t want to have one in her tiny home. Amazingly, Jessie says that she loves not having a TV as she can wake up in her bed and listen to the birds outside her window instead.
There are no distractions from the rest of the world as Jessie can settle into her cozy bedroom and read one of her many books.
Adding more space
Believe it or not, but Jessie has even found the room to add in a guest space to her tiny home. The bed is made from a bench that can be pulled out to make a sleeping area whenever anyone wants to stay the night.
Fitting in another full-size bed was Jessie’s way of showing the world that she can fit all of the necessities into her home without the extra space. It wasn’t long before people were begging to spend a night in the Greyhound.
Moving out of her New York Apartment and into the Greyhound bus has given Jessie a host of brand new experiences. She admits that it’s opened the doors to many opportunities. Jessie eventually settled her bus on some private land in Asbury Park that looks over to the woods.
Jessie has always loved being outside and has taken many opportunities to explore the woods. No longer does she have the distraction of the rest of the world. The bus allows Jessie to get back in touch with Mother Nature.
Finding the time
Being out in the wild means that Jessie is left with plenty of free time. However, she is never short of things to do. In fact, the lack of distractions and busy atmosphere from the city means that Jessie now has more time than ever to lose herself to a book.
She has always wanted to read more but never had the time thanks to her hectic job and lifestyle. Now, Jessie has no excuses to skip out on reading as she is surrounded by her favorite books.
Adding to the space
Although living in the Greyhound bus gave Jessie plenty of chances to get out in nature, she soon wanted to find a way to get closer to the outdoors while still enjoying her new home. There was the perfect answer.
All Jessie needed to do was fit a roof deck. She decided to have metal brackets installed to the top of the bs. Now, these could be used to hold decking or even fit solar panels if Jessie wanted to make her bus even more eco-friendly.
It wasn’t long before people were blown away by the Greyhound. In fact, it looked as though anyone who arrived at the bus couldn’t believe they were standing in a former commuter bus. It really had been transformed into something entirely different.
Many visitors commented that the bus was nicer and more spacious than many of their apartments. Jessie thought that it was all down to the layout of the space that made it feel much larger and more useable.
Coming to an end
It looked as though Jessie had pumped in thousands of dollars as she worked to create a space for a lifetime. That was until everything was about to change. She had invested so much time and money to bring the project to life.
Plus, Jessie’s social media account meant the bus had been seen all around the world. However, Jessie decided that it was time to put the bus up for sale. She still couldn’t drive a manual and had grander plans on the horizon.
Selling the bus
Jessie decided that her best bet was to list the Greyhound bus on Craigslist. She was asking $149,000. As well as covering the cost of the bus, Jessie also wanted to make her money back from all of the renovations.
Jessie was so determined to sell the Greyhound that she also listed the tiny home on eBay for $49,999. Sadly, no one bid on the bus, and it looked as though she would never sell it. There was so much interest in the tiny home yet no one was willing to bid.
Changing her plans
It didn’t take long for Jessie to change tactics. She decided that the best bet to sell her Greyhound was to advertise the build on sites designed for tiny homes. Jessie knew these websites would be filled with people who would appreciate the bus for all it’s worth.
Plus, some people might spot the Greyhound and decide that it’s the perfect chance to live the mobile lifestyle themselves. This could be the start of a brand new adventure for someone.
A new life
Thankfully, the perfect buyer finally spotted the bus and decided they had a brand new plan for Jessie’s hard work. It looked as though the bus was heading back to San Francisco. The Greyhound had once been rescued from the desert, and now it appeared that it was heading back to its former life.
However, this time the bus would have a brand new life. It was destined to become an Airbnb accommodation instead. It would be the ultimate place for guests to stay.
Loving the life
Genie is now the proud new owner of the Greyhound. Although the bus is now a place for guests to stay, Genie also spends some of her time aboard her purchase. It appears as though she splits her time between Joshua Tree with the bus and New York City.
Many of the guests comment on how eco-friendly and modern the Greyhound is while others love the simplicity. Genie has since added a new bathroom to the accommodation to keep it in tip-top condition.
Exploring the world
Jessie had grand plans for her money. She was free of the tiny home and could finally travel to Europe and Italy – a dream she has always wanted to achieve. Traveling the world was yet another way to lose the ties of everyday life.
However, it looks as though it’s tough to forget living in the tiny home. Jessie admits that she would love to return to the lifestyle in the future, but might opt for another option such as an Airstream trailer instead.
A brand new life
She has plans to recreate her tiny home, but it looks as though Jessie still doesn’t know where that will be. She has lived in New York City for many years, but it seems as though Jessie has had enough of the hustle and bustle that comes with city life.
Jessie has always loved the northeast and holds a special place in her heart for New England. Jessie could soon be calling one of the states home instead in a brand new tiny home.