This Guy Was Tired Of Paying Rent, So He Did The Obvious Thing… And Converted A Bus Into His Dream Home.

Meet Hank Butitta, an architecture graduate student.


Hank was weary of two things: projects that he would throw away upon completion, and paying for expensive housing.

Around this time, he conceived of his tiny bus project and purchased a bus for $3,000.


“This project was a way to show how building a small structure with simple detailing can be more valuable than drawing a complex project that is theoretical and poorly understood.”

Renovations on the bus cost roughly $6,000.

Renovations on the bus cost roughly $6,000.

“The bus was purchased for $3,000 on Craigslist and has had about $6,000 of improvements. It’s not pocket change, but it’s less than a down payment on a home.”

Here are the beds in action. Hank’s design makes the most of the narrow space.

Here are the beds in action. Hank's design makes the most of the narrow space.

Hank’s unique mobile home is equipped with everything you need, including two beds, a small kitchen and a bathroom…and the “hardwood” floor? Actually, those are repurposed gym floors.

The ultimate bed…because what road trip is complete without new friendships?

The ultimate bed...because what road trip is complete without new friendships?

The sweet seat, or, as I like to call it, the luxurious “roof deck.”


Here’s the driver’s seat. The bus is still fully functional as a vehicle!


In this video, Buttita explains how something he didn’t like doing (uninspired theoretical projects) wound up inspiring him to follow the tiny house movement:

Once Buttita had given his final presentation on the bus, he decided to give his home a test drive. He and some friends embarked on a 5,000-mile road trip to test it out.

In Hank’s words: “As a whole these elements come together to form the ultimate road trip vehicle, if not yet a fully livable space. I’m looking forward to pushing this project further, continuing to build out the necessary systems and modifying the elements that need more iteration, in order to better understand living in tiny spaces, and expand discussion about living small.” For more information on Hank’s bus-home and for a diary from his August 2013 road trip, check out!