A library, shelves full of my father’s books (this may be the first he is hearing of it) is at the top of the stairs. A desk area for crafts, painting or working!! a double sofa bed with storage the shower room and double bedroom.
At the far end, the bus will be a large double bedroom. There is enough space upstairs that we don’t need to cram in all the furniture and be constantly bumping into the bed or cabinets. The side windows will be small secondary glazed rectangles, allowing privacy and smugness. The large back window, which I broke last week will allow plenty of light and views over tree tops.
The upstairs shower area will also be wide enough that the shower curtain/door doesn’t stick to you every time you move. The toilet will be electric and although bought at great expense will require no water only, 12v electricity to power the solid matter desiccating fan!!
Comfortable seating area with overhead and wall shelving, and work tables for art and crafts. Other space saving ideas include a work table which pulls down to the horizontal. – This idea is stolen from a narrow boat back cabin idea. The sofa can be converted into a double bed.
At the back of the bus will be a multi media relaxing cinema style area. Can you keep a secret? My bro likes watching home and away ;). The sofa can turn into a bed.
Downstairs is divided into three areas plus a bathroom extension. As you enter through the double doors there will be an area to change into slippers and discard bags etc. Coats and muddy/wet clothes will already have been put in the outside storage area. Walking through into the kitchen and dining area, the corridor view is broken by an offset floor to ceiling storage and oven cabinet. The dining area will utilise a set of four re-upholstered bus seats. A storage cabinet divides the T.V. area from the rest of the bus.
And then to the outside bathroom. All mod cons. The empty cupboard area will store plumbing and electrical equipment. As the project progress’ I will learn what that means. However, at the moment we will call them bits and bobs.
Ask me any questions. Let me know what you like and what you don’t like.
Coming soom the 3D upstairs plans…. Oohhh I can hardly wait
Cleaning the top deck was quite difficult, even after hauling, water cloths, scourer and 3 different types of brush onto the the patio roof. The windows and their surrounds were growing mosses and lichen. Very pretty but not on my bus! At least not before everything is sealed, waterproofed and painted.
Riding a bus during the 70’s and 80’s for me, brings to mind the smell of old cigarette smoke, chatting and laughing from the front window seats above and eating sweets.
The spoils are firmly lodged in the front radiator grill, they need removing. After a couple of hours of poking with a screw driver the radiator is free from debris. Opal fruit, chewing gum, milky way and foxes glacier mint wrappers. Many tickets, a button and about 6 pieces of broken pencil were joined by hundreds of cigarette butts. This will be an artwork from the bus for the bus.
This week Steve finished panelling downstairs… more or less and I gave the walls a coat of Frosty Margarita..yumm. We also visited a timber yard to choose wood for the shelving, countertops etc. But that is sooo exciting it needs its own separate post. The upstairs outside gets painted and… you want more? I think it’s enough. See you next week.
I have found and spent the whole week playing with a 3D application. I started with the free version but was soon hooked and wanting the effects to look as realistic as possible, so bought the year plan. Seriously addictive.
These are the outside views from the front and back of Walter. The additional bathroom and patio are being developed and built by my brother. The paint although in the illustration is divided green blue, the actual effect will fade from green into blue. Or maybe fade from blue into green. There will be more posts about painting before too long. Next week I will take you inside the 3D mock up of the bus….hold on to your hats.
Flying rats, my father calls pigeons, maybe they are. There are a great many of them on the midden. This time of year there are lots of eggshells on the ground, from where newly born pigeons have kicked the used shells out, in order to make more room in their nests.
From the Pigeon’s Progress – Part 1, you will remember the newly partnered feathered friends had made their nest on the top of the opened bus window. The next days rained; hat lovely English rain that goes on without end; and the nest continued to slip, furthermore, rain now ran back into the bus, soaking the back floor and threatening the new woodwork below.
I also noticed that because the window was now slightly angled up that the eggs had rolled out of the nest and were sat on the bare glass!!!!
So trying to solve this set of new problems, a slightly shorter stick was found, plastic sheet to redirect the water out of the bus was collected. As the second rescue operation began there was a large explosion and glass flew in all directions. The stick being pushed against the window had caused it to break and glass, sticks and egg yolk rained on me, the floor and the grass outside the bus.
The rest of my day, three hours, was spent hoovering the grass and collecting 3 bags of broken pieces. At least there were no baby pigeons in the eggs. Definitely inexperienced pigeons!
The correct colour of paint has arrived. Shera couldn’t be stopped and we painted until the sun made the day too warm. Definitely, a much nicer colour, clean shiny but also blending in with the colour of the trees which surround it.
I chose pallet wood because I have always liked the Shaker style and shabby chic decoration style. Furthermore money is not growing on any trees near me, so the cost of pallet wood including the time cost of sanding and to painting it means this works out at only about £12 a square meter.
Steve the Chippy has be working meticulously during the entire week to put up the downstairs wall panelling. His attention to detail is fantastic, as he works around each screw and sticky outy bit!