Brandon Trebitowski was living and working out of a 2,100-square-foot house with his wife and three young kids in a suburb of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Then the family sold, donated or threw away almost everything they owned to live out of a converted school bus for five months.
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This tech entrepreneur is living and raising his three kids out of a school bus
One entrepreneur has taken the “tiny house” concept to a new level. He’s moved his business and family out of the house…and on the road. Literally.
Brandon Trebitowski is no hipster or environmentalist. He’s a software developer and an entrepreneur. He owns two small businesses – Pixegon, a mobile app company with 10 people, and an education firm Parallax Code Academy. What makes this entrepreneur unique, as reported in Tree Hugger, is that he runs them both from a school bus that he and his family live in.
Our converted school bus has been our home for about a year in a half now and we love it. It has completely transformed our lives. We went from living in a 2100 square foot house to 240 square feet. Our bus is minimally decorated and everything was self built. We spent six months converting the bus into our home and now it’s our favorite place to be.
In early 2016 we set out on the adventure of downsizing and simplifying our overwhelming, anxiety driven life. We had three children and 2100 sqft home and too many commitments. We desired the simple life but had no idea where to start.
We felt happiest when we were traveling, so that was the initial plan. Let’s renovate a school bus and travel with our friends around America. We took our first trip in June of 2016 and were hooked.
“Teaching kids to use their inside voices” is one thing that the Trebitowski’s have found challenging with bus life. Living in a 288 sq. ft bus conversion is tricky with a family of five but the Trebitowski’s make it work. What started out as a desire to take the family on more camping trips quickly escalated to turning a full size school bus into a tiny home.
It’s not a normal situation for a family of five, but Brandon Trebitowski and his family wanted to do something a little different by living in a custom school bus for six months.
As anyone who’s been around long enough will tell you, vans and buses converted into homes on wheels are nothing new. But there’s a new twist to this old story. No longer is it just the stereotypical crunchy, granola types who are doing it, but also young professionals — this generation’s digital nomads — who are drawn to minimalism and the tiny house ethos, and who are able to both travel and work thanks to the Internet: architects, filmmakers and photographers.
When a trailer conversion is not enough, the full Skoolie experience is the natural way forward.
At least, that was the case for Ashley and Brandon Trebitowski. This adventurous couple from Albuquerque, New Mexico, felt compelled to follow in the footsteps of some like-minded friends and pursue a bus conversion of their own. Before long, they were eyeing up a 1999 Bluebird from Texas that would eventually be transformed into their ideal home.
Brandon and Ashley Trebitowski were intrigued by the idea of living in a tiny home. It sounded like a great way to pay off debts, downsize their material belongings, reconnect with nature, and spend more time with their children.
We are a family of 5 who converted a 1999 Blue Bird school bus into our traveling tiny home. We live simple and have no plans of staying still.
This is the story of Trebventure. They are a family of 5 who live full time in their DIY converted 1999 Blue Bird school bus. Parents, Brandon and Ashley, decided to ditch the public school system and homeschool their 3 children all while traveling around the US in their skoolie.
From the US to Argentina and Australia, conversion bus builds can be seen all over the world. School bus conversions are one of the most spacious ways to travel at a fraction of the cost of a big RV. With hookups or without, these inspiring bus conversions are both creative and functional. We hope these builds will motivate you to go on your own big adventure!