My fiance, Mike Saunders, and me.
Mike and I have collaborated on the design of the bus conversion, and I have brought these designs to life both as Fusion models and through the construction process. 
Electrical Closet Layout
Electrical Closet Layout
Our beautiful conversion canvas
Our beautiful conversion canvas
We had never attempted anything like this - how do you even begin? I had to learn how to wire AC and DC circuits using three different power sources, properly sizing wires and components so that we didn't end up burning the bus to the ground or being stranded without power in the middle of nowhere. I had to figure out how much water we'd need for a weeklong trip and how to plumb a camper. We had design cleverly, maximizing every small space for storage while still leaving enough garage space for the lumber we plan to haul for future construction projects. 
YouTube became our best friend. Mike and I both have enough general building experience to know who to trust to teach us the finer details of bus conversion. In terms of design, we first decided the components that were most important to us: a queen size bed, an 8' long garage for lumber and sheet goods (and skis and snowboards, of course!), a kitchen with at least a sink, small fridge, and range, and separate toilet and shower rooms. We then used any remaining space to fit creative storage solutions: a bed platform on hydraulic struts, dining benches that double as storage, and a dining table that drops down to create a second bed.  
The first step was making the inside of the bus look less like a bus....a lot of demo. We ripped out all 18 seats, pulled out the rubber floors, and stripped the walls and ceilings of their metal sheeting. Once we thoroughly cleaned the metal shell we unveiled of gum lollipop sticks and pencils from 1997, we got to work putting in our insulation and subfloor. From there, we framed out the walls and ceilings, which involved an ungodly amount of wood to metal screws, and built the bed platform (as it houses many of our plumbing components). With framing in place, we designed and installed the components in our garage's electrical closet and subsequently ran all of our AC and DC lines to their respective lights, outlets, etc. Before the insulation goes in, we also had to rough in all of our plumbing, which meant hooking up our fresh water tank to our infill, pump, accumulator, and hot water heater and running PEX to each sink and shower.
The bus is nearly ready for finish work, with electrical and plumbing roughed in and insulation ready to be sprayed this week. We're excited to finally get to see our vision come to life!
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