The bed is queen sized but is built on a king-sized platform. where I use storage bins topped with cushions to create a virtual king-sized bed. Underneath the bed is a 65-gallon water tank and lots of storage room. The bedroom walls are oak panels with cork and mahogany trim (all re-purposed material). Notice the thin red lights running down each side of the bedroom.. these LED red lights create a really cozy feeling at night. All of my interior lights are high efficiency LEDs from IMTRA Marine. Windows are covered with double-cell pleated shades.
I wanted to have an open feel to the bus so I chose to build a single shelf instead of using cabinets in the kitchen. I built the shelves using 1 x 12" cedar planks and used copper for the railings and braces. Why braces? Besides looking cool, they help keep the shelves from vibrating and shaking when underway. I use them throughout the skoolie. The backsplash is made of sheet metal which makes it easy to use the GRUNDTAL magnetic spice holders (IKEA) which saves a lot of space. The counter top is made from urban timber I got from TC Lumber. The counter top is made of Colorado Cedar, Siberian Elm, and Russian Olive and has been finished with about six coats of whey-based polyurethane. The darkest wood is Russian Olive, an invasive species in the west, but yields a beautiful hard wood.
The stove (lower left) is a high efficiency SMEV propane stove that supposedly produces 30% fewer greenhouse gas emissions (according to the Italian manufacturer). On the right side of the picture is the EZ Tankless propane on-demand hot water heater. The sink (it's huge, it's great!) is a re-purposed Kohler cast-iron sink I bought from ReSource, a building material recycling store. The kitchen cabinets (lower cabinets), and other cabinets and drawers, were also re-purposed from the same store.
The composting toilet is made of 3/4" oak plywood topped with a bamboo seat cover. There is lots of storage underneath and a shelve in the back (hard to see). The area is lit with cove lighting. The little toilet-paper holder is built using re-purposed cork flooring and the shelves are edged using hammered copper tape.
The shower was by far the most difficult project because the whole thing is completely custom. Half of the shower is built over the wheel well so I just turned it into a bench. The shower is tiled with Versacork from Sustainable Flooring which is cork that comes from manufacturing waste in the wine industry. The face of the shower is covered with cedar and hammered copper lines the edges. A water-proof LED light keeps things bright inside. The copper railing in the back not only serves as a towel holder but also holds a water pipe that runs from the back of the bus. Not pictured... the shower curtain.
I USED TO HAVE STOVE IN MY BUS. You can see the chimney in the top of the photo. But I got rid of it in order to build a seat bench instead. It is made with 5" of foam and is super comfy. One day I'll get around to installing the light under the shelf on the left.
My closet... I'm nostalgic about my closet. It was, illogically, the very first thing I built. It's lined with cedar and topped with a shelf lined with re-purposed cork flooring. An LED strip light keeps things bright. Not pictured, the closet curtain.
My dining table is built from two pieces of Colorado Cedar (and built by TC Wood) and is finished with an oil-based finish followed with about six coats of whey-based polyurethane. The windows are covered with cellular shades. There is another kitchen shelf above the windows. I use a chair on the left side of the table and reserve the right side for folks who visit bringing their own camp chair to use. The flooring looks much darker in this photo than it actually is. See next photo...
Did I mention that I love my floor? It's made by Earthwerks and is constructed from 70% post-consumer products and is vinyl planking. The little flowers are embedded into the planks. All of the flooring is recyclable.
To the left is my bureau with a built in storage space where my octopus lives (sometimes). Inside is an outlet I can use to charge iphones, etc. To the right is my 'office' with another storage space on top of my file cabinet. The top of it all is lined with re-purposed cork flooring. To the far right is the toilet alcove.
This view is looking aft from the entrance. On the right side of the picture you see the seat bench, a bookshelf, the toilet alcove, a file cabinet and more storage space, and then my bureau. The shower is opposite the toilet. Why no bathroom? Because it would take up a lot of room that I'd rather use for other things. Also, I live alone so privacy is not an issue provided my shades are drawn.
This is my closet with nifty curtains made by my friend Elizabeth. To the right are drawers for storing all kinds of things and a built in storage space above the drawers. I like cubby holes. Underneath the drawers is my safe (can't see it). There is also a lot of storage under the bed and at the end of the bed where I keep my guitar. The closet is topped with re-purposed cork flooring that I use to stack more clothes. I probably have too many clothes...