A young Canterbury couple who could not afford a deposit for a house spent four months turning a neglected double-decker bus into their first home.
Daniel Bond, a 28-year-old self-employed car electrician, and Stacey Drinkwater, his 20-year-old fiancée, live and sleep in a 1991 Leyland Olympia, double-decker bus reports Kent Online.
“It feels like an ordinary house, you completely forget that it’s a real bus,” Bond says.
The bus, which was used on routes in Dublin and East Sussex, became the solution to a much too familiar situation.
'We were desperate to move in together but house prices were just way to high," Bond told Metro UK.
Since Bond is self-employed, they found it next to impossible to get a mortgage from the bank.
"It is really difficult for first time buyers so this seemed like the best solution," Bond said.
Despite his mother telling him it was a 'barmy idea', the electrician decided to go with his heart, buying the bus on eBay for $4713.
In December, Bond and Stacey's father worked hard to strip the entire bus, insulate and even install plumbing. In the end, the couple would spend a total of $17,265, explains the Mirror.
Four months later, they had their new home.
With two double bedrooms, a bathroom and toilet, bar, lounge and a kitchen, which Bond says is bigger than those in many people’s homes, the new home owners are the envy of their friends.
“Everyone thinks it’s a brilliant idea," said Drinkwater who works at a nearby bowling alley, the Daily Mirror reports. "Our mates who are struggling want to build their own ‘house bus’ and live next to us.”
According to Joe news, since the bus still runs, the couple's plan is to drive it to Cornwall, where Bond grew up, for their wedding next year.
"We do not have any kids on the way at the moment," Drinkwater told Metro UK, "but if we ever do maybe Daniel can convert a school bus for them to live in."