Young couple transform an old bus into a stylish motorhome

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A young Australian couple with limited renovation experience have transformed an old, rundown bus and turned it into fully-functioning stylish home on wheels.

Dylan Blake and Gracie Webb, both 22, bought the 2006 Toyota Coaster off Facebook marketplace for $15,000 and told FEMAIL their main goal was to live in it long term and travel around the country.

‘We no longer wanted to continue our normal routine of renting, working five days a week and not really experiencing life the way it’s meant to be lived,’ Gracie said.

‘We were craving a more simple and sustainable life which drew us to living this different style of living.’

As they have no renovation experience or knowledge, the Queensland couple said the project was challenging but enjoyable to complete.

But after 12 months of hard work, dedication and help from friends, the pair created their ultimate bright and gorgeous bus that’s ready for the road. 

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A young Australian couple with limited renovation experience have transformed an old, rundown bus and turned it into fully-functioning stylish motorhome

A young Australian couple with limited renovation experience have transformed an old, rundown bus and turned it into fully-functioning stylish motorhome

BEFORE: Dylan and Gracie, both 22, bought the 2006 Toyota Coaster off Facebook marketplace for $15,000 and told FEMAIL their main goal was to live in it long term and travel around the country

BEFORE: Dylan and Gracie, both 22, bought the 2006 Toyota Coaster off Facebook marketplace for $15,000 and told FEMAIL their main goal was to live in it long term and travel around the country

After 12 months of hard work, dedication and help from friends, the pair created their ultimate bright and gorgeous bus that’s ready for the road (pictured)

After 12 months of hard work, dedication and help from friends, the pair created their ultimate bright and gorgeous bus that’s ready for the road (pictured)

‘Being the first real project we have done together, neither of us were handy with carpentry, plumbing or electrical knowledge,’ Gracie said, adding: ‘We really dove into the deep end with no real idea of how to do anything.’

Before beginning the renovation, the couple spent hours researching as much as they could through Google and YouTube to acquire some knowledge on what needed to be done.

‘The bus and van life community is really an amazing group, and we had a lot of help and great advice from others who have also built buses,’ Gracie said.

The 14-year-old vehicle was originally a company bus used to transport workers and was filled with rows of multiple seats, which were all removed.

But the pair did have some useful skills, as Dylan’s a particularly handy mechanical fitter, while Gracie has a passion for interior design and works as a labour assistant.

The 14-year-old vehicle was originally a company bus used to transport workers and was filled with rows of multiple seats, which were all removed

The 14-year-old vehicle was originally a company bus used to transport workers and was filled with rows of multiple seats, which were all removed

‘Our bus conversion took us roughly one year from start to finish; We were both working full-time during the build, so we would work on the bus every spare minute we had,’ Gracie said.

‘We drew inspiration from a lot of beautiful buses we had seen around and added our own twist onto everything.

‘We really wanted to incorporate earthy colours into our bright and airy space whilst making sure everything was very functional and making great use of the space we were working with.’

'Our bus conversion took us roughly one year from start to finish; We were both working full-time during the build, so we would work on the bus every spare minute we had,' Gracie said

'We really wanted to incorporate earthy colours into our bright and airy space whilst making sure everything was very functional,' she said

‘Our bus conversion took us roughly one year from start to finish; We were both working full-time during the build, so we would work on the bus every spare minute we had,’ Gracie said

Inside the bus there's a double bed, spacious kitchen, gas top cooker and sink, along with a dinette that turns into a sitting couch and storage space

Inside the bus there’s a double bed, spacious kitchen, gas top cooker and sink, along with a dinette that turns into a sitting couch and storage space 

Inside the bus there is a 115L fridge with a spacious kitchen, gas top cooker and sink, along with a dinette that turns into a sitting couch, a shower with instant hot water and flushing toilet.

At the back of the bus is a double bed with two fans and an air conditioner and there’s storage space throughout.

On the roof the couple also installed four 200watt solar panels that runs through the electrical cupboard and powers the appliances.

Also on the roof there’s a deck to relax on and enjoy the surroundings during the day, evening or night.

To ensure they always have access to water, they installed two 70L fresh water tanks and one 70L water tank.

And just in case there’s any passengers, the couple decided to keep four of the original seats in the bus for family members and friends.

The renovation itself cost $30,000 in total.

To ensure they always have access to water, they installed two 70L fresh water tanks and one 70L water tank

There's also a fully-functioning toilet and shower

To ensure they always have access to water, they installed two 70L fresh water tanks and one 70L water tank

When asked what the best aspect of the project was, the pair agreed it was the ‘feeling of making the dream become a reality’, as they both have a driving ambition to travel around Australia together in the bus.

But the most challenging aspect of the project was continuing to stay motivated to complete the project throughout the year. 

‘Everyday was a new challenge and a lot of trial and error definitely tested us, but surrendering to the process and keeping in mind our end goal motivated us to keep pushing through it,’ Dylan said. 

When asked what the best aspect of the project was, the pair agreed it was the 'feeling of making the dream become a reality', as they both have a driving ambition to travel around Australia together in the bus

When asked what the best aspect of the project was, the pair agreed it was the ‘feeling of making the dream become a reality’, as they both have a driving ambition to travel around Australia together in the bus

When asked what advice they would give to others looking to complete a similar bus or caravan conversion, the pair said to ‘not be discouraged if you don’t have a lot of the related skills.

‘We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into but we learned everything along the way through tutorials and others who’ve also done similar projects.’ Dylan said.

‘There is such an amazing community of bus and motorhome converters who love helping one another which really made us believe we could do it!’

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