70-Year-Old Man Rebuilds Old Bus Into Fairytale Bohemian Home

When it came to embracing the next stage of his life, Greg Flint decided to do retirement in his own unique way. He blended his dream home with Buster the bus.

“I’ve always loved small homes on wheels. I wanted simplicity, economy, less stuff,” he said in an interview.

Two friends asked Greg to fix up the bus. They wanted to take a long road trip with it. Unfortunately, the duo’s plans fell through, leaving the bus available for a new owner.

Greg immediately expressed his interest in purchasing the 1965 Chevy bus, but the loving friends politely declined and blessed him with it for free.

“I had fallen in love with Buster and had a vision for its transformation. I asked to buy it, and they gave it to me!” Greg shared.

With the shell of his new home, Greg let his imagination run wild. He started working to create his special place.

Another plus was that someone else made modifications to the bus before it was in his possession. This made it a little easier to get started with the extra height from van parts added on.

“The upper windows made it possible to cover many lower windows allowing for more buildable wall space. The front section has a VW “pop top” giving access to the rear deck on top which provides wonderfully cooling airflow in the summer,” he explains in detail.

Greg’s home has more than what some apartments have, including all appliances, counter space, a complete kitchen, fireplace, dining area, bedroom and more. Its natural style has the essence of a cabin meets forest vibe.

He describes the look and feel of it.

“I redid the whole interior to create an organic curving and flowing light-filled room using cedar trees bent by time and weather conditions.”

“The countertops and kitchen table and bench backs were all made from an old cedar chest that was a gift from my daughter. The floor is redone with salvaged tongue and groove planks.”

Greg and his bus sit on land from a friend who lets him park as long as he simply assists with taking care of the property.

“Without Buster and this trade arrangement, I would have a very hard time living on my small fixed income.”

Every part of the bus is meaningful to him.

“The countertops and kitchen table and bench backs were all made from an old cedar chest that was a gift from my daughter. The floor is redone with salvaged tongue and groove planks.”

Well done Greg! Your path in retirement definitely has you in the driver’s seat!

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