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This Architect Turned A School Bus Into A Home!
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Published: May 28, 2015

You can’t afford to get a house but you happen to be an architect? After this post, no one will be able to tell an architect that he/she will not be able to afford a ‘roof over their heads’.

An architecture student, Hank Butitta, bought a school bus on Craigslist for $3000 and made improvements worth approximately $6000.

According to him,

“It is not pocket change, but it’s less than a down payment on a home, and it’s less than I paid in tuition for my last semester of grad school.”

Source: hankgotabus.com
Source: hankboughtabus.com

In his final semester at the University of Minnesota he was “tired of doing projects that existed only on paper”.

He managed to build this project in 15 weeks! He had the help of his brother Vince and photographer Justin Evidon.

Source: hankboughtabus.com
Source: hankboughtabus.com

“The majority of the work was completed in 15 weeks, just in time for my final review (although the first seven weeks were almost entirely design and prototyping, with the bulk of the construction completed in the last month and a half of the semester)”

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This living space is fully functional and running.

In August of 2013, Butitta left on a month-long, 5,000-mile road trip “to test the functionality of the bus,” picking up and dropping off friends and family (as many as a dozen were on board at once) along the way.

Source: hankboughtabus.com
Source: hankboughtabus.com

Butitta proves through his project of how you can transform simpler things with your skills.

“I also thought it was important to demonstrate the value of full scale iteration in architectural education. There are too many architecture students who don’t understand basic physical limitations of materials or how they can be joined. This project was a way to show how building a small structure with simple detailing can be more valuable than drawing a complex project that is theoretical and poorly understood. I think we need more making in architecture!”

Source: hankboughtabus.com
Source: hankboughtabus.com

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