There hasn’t been a lot of visible progress on the bus conversion to share in the last couple of months. But there has been a bit going on behind the scenes.
It’s actually been quite a stressful time.
We had the first bit of decent rain since I got the bus back from the repairer and to my despair, the bus had many more leaks than it had previously, and most of the new ones were coming through the poorly sealed gaps between the panels on the sides of the bus. I was really upset by this given that I had spent thousands of dollars on the work and had been assured that the bus would be watertight.
So, with everything that was going on, I’d started to feel quite overwhelmed, especially as the more I started to think about the actual build, the more I realised that there was a lot more planning required. Certain things needed to be done (or at least decided upon) before others. And I kept thinking of more little jobs to do.
I decided to take a step back and look at the whole bus project, and get a plan for how to proceed. I spent half a day doing a brain dump, writing down on post-it notes every job I could think of that needed to be done. I then placed them all on a big whiteboard. The benefit of using the post-it notes was that I could move them around based on the order they needed to be completed.
One of the positive things to happen this past month was that I decided to re-design the bathroom for my bus.
I had originally planned to have a walk through bathroom with shower on one side and toilet on the other. I’d planned to get a fully-enclosed fibreglass shower module, but the more I though about it, the more I realised it wouldn’t be that easy to install, as I’d have to cut a fair bit off the top of it to fit the curve of the roof and I was worried that it might look scrappy and be hard to neatly seal afterwards. I also started thinking (probably because I’d been feeling so stressed!) about how nice it is to be able to soak in a bathtub occasionally, and how much I missed living in a house with a bath. I started to think, why don’t I have a bath in the bus? I mean, this is my future home that I am building, why should I not have some little luxuries included?
At first a bathtub in the bus seemed a crazy idea. I wouldn’t have access to a lot of water unless I was parked up at a caravan park perhaps, so wouldn’t actually be able to have a bath that often. But the more I thought about it, the less crazy it seemed. Especially when I discovered that I could get a bath for less than $150 (compared to the $800 shower module!). And being able to use a shower curtain all the way around would also mean less need for waterproofing of surrounding walls.
I also had an issue with the positioning of my guillotine in the studio. I realised that in order for the handle to fully extend (which is necessary for the safety latch to engage) the guillotine would need to be in the centre of the bus where the roof was high enough. This wasn’t possible with the bathroom walkway into the studio being in the centre.
So I ended up redesigning the bathroom to be a single room on one side of the bus with the hallway up the other side. AND I managed to create space for the bathtub as well!
I am so excited to be having a house with a bath again! I know I may not get to use it often, but it will be there if the opportunity does arise, and when it’s not being used as a bath or shower, it will be a fantastic place to hang my laundry out of the weather :