Paul's red bus in New Zealand #Homes & Tours#bus#dogs#Global homes#mobile home#New Zealand#vehicles May 21 | Guest post by Lauren Paul Wood is a local plumber who has recently completed his bus renovation. He intends to use his bus for short holidays away from home rather than permanent living, and it's sparsely furnished and decorated — just as he likes it! We spy Paul's red bus parked outside the Bush Fairy Dairy. Paul has just completed his work on it. Paul chose to repaint the bus in its original colours. It used to be a local school bus — back in the day when all schools maintained their own fleets of buses with mechanical workshops and drivers. Meet Eliza Brownhome: a 1974 Bluebird school bus that houses a family of five This summer, after six months of preparation including writing a detailed lease, we moved our family of five back into Eliza Brownhome, our 40′ Bluebird... [more] Chopper greets us as we step into the bus. He doesn't mind visitors. Inside, Paul has chosen a very minimalistic design. He doesn't like overhead cabinets and says his bus doesn't contain anything that he doesn't put his hand on every single day. The kitchen space contains a gas cooker and built-in sink with 200 litres of water ready for use. A small wood stove keeps the bus toasty in winter. Paul says that he has already been living in the bus during the cold months because the heater is so effective in the small, insulated space. It's been lovely to talk to Paul and hear about his work on the bus. It's always fun to look in other people's travelling rigs, and this one is a more unusual size than we usually see. Thanks for letting us look around, Paul! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Lauren We're a nomadic family with five kids, currently travelling in Australia, re-thinking everything and living free! http://www.sparklingadventures.com/ PREVIOUS 3 methods to help you survive involuntarily Living Apart Together NEXT I ate cicadas today — or as I like to call them, "sky lobsters" Toggle comments [ 2 ] I am in no way a minimalist, but this is amazing to me. This would make an awesome RV-substitute. Love the removal of overhead cabinets – such a small change, but one that makes such a big difference! 0 agree Reply Oh wow, I grew up in small country town in NZ and distinctly remember our school bus that looked just like this (well, from the outside at least!). This is fantastic! 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.