WA maker turns skoolie, short-bus & container into family home




Seven years ago, Jeremy and Mira Thompson quit their jobs and sold their suburban home to hit the road in a short-bus they’d converted into a mobile home. After a year on the road, they’d gone through their savings and were thinking about starting a family.

Now living on family property in rural Washington they bought a full-sized school bus at auction. This time they stripped away the metal behind the cab and embedded a wooden cottage inside their new vehicle.

Jeremy used his experience as an auto body mechanic and recent education in architectural drafting to design their conversions. He had also turned his carpentry into paid work and needed a workshop. After finding a very affordable container – one that had been tagged as scrap-, Jeremy began to convert it into a wooden clad (on 3 sides) office with a green roof.

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33 Comments

  1. LovingAtlanta
    January 20, 2018
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    👍Very cool & creative. 😁

  2. Elaine Fleureton
    January 21, 2018
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    Fabulous!

  3. TheAndrealee01
    January 21, 2018
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    Certainly "helps" to have started out with "good jobs, white teeth and 6 pack abs"

  4. StyleSensePlus
    January 21, 2018
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    Great story! I love the creativity!

  5. KaMiah Monique
    January 21, 2018
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    So awesome!!

  6. SixDays
    January 21, 2018
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    So you rode the short-bus to home… 😀

  7. Lynn Geiser
    January 21, 2018
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    OMG he is the best!!!! I love the design and usage . Does he have a brother??!!!

  8. henimsay
    January 21, 2018
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    He took "thinking outside the box" to a new level! Ingenuity at its best – for sure! I absolutely love their location of the home, shed and lot.

  9. idontcare80
    January 21, 2018
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    Huh, that guy is basically me if I wasn't an ugly, sickly little runt.

  10. Winnie s
    January 21, 2018
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    wow 47 min,,, I can only watch 22 min for now.. learned a lot zzz 3am

  11. myfamilymatters
    January 21, 2018
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    What an amazing family. Their design ideas coupled with his building skills are truly breathtaking. I hope he keeps working on his musical door idea. By far, one of my favourite videos to date.

  12. Renee Osterman
    January 21, 2018
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    Amazing talent!beautiful creative big small homes!

  13. Richard Fettig
    January 21, 2018
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    nice video….thanks

  14. Pocki
    January 21, 2018
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    No words… Just amazing!

  15. Jerry Fisher
    January 21, 2018
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    at so many points in the video….I just say…..Jeremy does amazing work……..!

  16. Angie's Doing It
    January 21, 2018
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    Burning man? I'll look it up. Sounds awful. Nice homestead.

  17. Lake Lili
    January 21, 2018
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    This was one of the most unexpectedly lovely documentaries I have seen in a long time.  Thank you to the Thompsons for sharing their lives.  I learned so much.

  18. lancedaniels
    January 21, 2018
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    Thank you 🙂

  19. Gone with the Kale
    January 22, 2018
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    I'm inspired ✨✨✨🦋

  20. Jc Wesson
    January 22, 2018
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    king Jeremy the wicked

  21. Rick Hall
    January 22, 2018
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    Great Video

  22. Penny Jimenez
    January 22, 2018
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    Wow this is fabulous .

  23. Lifechanger
    January 22, 2018
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    What an incredible man

  24. Felecia Wallace
    January 22, 2018
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    I like what this couple built for themselves, but once you bring children into the World it might be a bit tight as they grow up, so they family will again need to move and resettle… kids always changes the narrative, usually in a good way…

  25. Tipi Dan
    January 22, 2018
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    It's one object lesson in resourcefulness after another here.

  26. Antonis Kapnoulas
    January 22, 2018
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    No tv in that tiny house.. >5 children..😎

  27. M. Josephine Fonzo
    January 23, 2018
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    THAT WAS MY NICKNAME TOO!! AND I WAS A LITTLE GIRL.
    If I had an idea, a tool and the wood or ANYTHING ELSE I was TINKERING!!
    My Dad started it when I was 2. He walked around the house with nails and a hammer "… fixing things…" My Mom told me that my Dad called me his "OFFICIAL HELPER".
    Later in life I used the SAME title when my foster sons, nieces and nephews would help me with little things that needed to be done.
    SHH. don't tell them, I was just trying to give them something to do and help them find Self Respect AND keep them out of trouble. Just don't let them know.

  28. Aleks Tipiko 1st.
    January 23, 2018
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    you are like Jesus Christ you put miracles in your carpentry concidering jesus was a carpenter. you are a Gifted and talented man with a lucky and daughter . mutch Blessings to you and all yr projects. Guitarman too . Happy is Best . God Bless. 😀

  29. Jen Bausick
    January 23, 2018
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    Wow! Just love this!! great job!!

  30. Richard Bryant
    January 23, 2018
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    You and your family are a great inspiration tome doing the things I love to do thanks

  31. Jacques Daoud
    January 23, 2018
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    very nice i hop you enjoyed the holidays from me Mary Christmas and happy new year

  32. that's not Gucci baby that's flucci
    January 23, 2018
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    This is awesome and a very soothing easy to watch video. I wish i could get out of the city and live like this. They might run into some problems when the kids are teens but he'll probably get another bus and build them theyre own place on the property lol.

  33. K Kerrigan
    January 23, 2018
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    Absolute fairytale come to life! What a wonderful team & family! Thanks for sharing…

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