A WOMAN who bought a double-decker bus rebuilt it from the ground up into a one-of-a-kind home.
Ellie Banner-Ball, 36, bought the bright blue vintage double-decker bus in 2016 after being inspired by an Instagram post.
She converted the bus into a unique Devon home complete with a full kitchen, living room and bathroom before naming it Betty.
The 1977 Bristol VR Series Two seats up to four people and the open accommodation was built within the engine’s existing hull, reports The Mirror.
The ground floor has a fully fitted kitchen with hob, oven, fridge freezer, double sink in stainless steel and other facilities.
Also on the lower deck is the living room with an incredible wood burning stove, a sitting area and a handy removable dining table.
Meanwhile, the original bus driver’s luggage compartment has been converted into a kitchen storage space.
Venture upstairs and you’ll find the bathroom with a free-standing bath and washbasin, and a bedroom with a king-size bed and bedside tables.
However, despite the elegant bathtub, there is no toilet installed in the bus.
The upper deck front seats have been converted into a work and changing area.
Ellie said: “I was inspired by an Instagram post that said ‘buy an old bus, take out the seats and travel around your country with good people’.
“It sounded like a great idea so I looked online and found a beautiful light blue bus. This was a historic Bristol VR and I picked it up in Runcorn two weeks later.”
She added: “I liked the idea of living in a house that could move with me and being simple and minimal – although it was far from simple! My friend Willow inspired me because when I first arrived with her in Devon I was staying in a shepherd’s cottage and I loved it.”
In her quest to turn the bus into a home, Ellie used the space available, for example by converting the bus stop buttons into practical light switches.
And Betty is also fully functional with its own heating and solar panels.
Ellie said: “It has a hot water system with a boiler and wired electrics. Betty plugs into an outdoor outlet and has an electrical box with circuit breakers just like a normal house. It also has a solar system to be fully off-grid.”
The quirky abode has a unique Scandinavian ‘hygge’ decor and even made an appearance in George Clarke’s TV series Amazing Spaces.
And the cozy bus is a throwback to Cliff Richard’s legendary film Summer Holiday, in which he and his friends travel in a former London bus.
Betty has been used as a stationary bus home since 2018 before being used as a holiday rental for two years since April 2020.
Ellie said: “I lived in Betty for two years before moving to a brick house in 2020, just after the pandemic hit.
“I was so sad that I had to leave. It took me a long time to get used to living indoors again. I loved living outside. It was such a privilege to live in such a beautiful place.”
And Ellie has now revealed she is now selling the bus for £35,000 to raise money for the next phase of her life.
She said: “I am very sad to let Betty go because she was such a big part of my life and I have such happy memories of living in her.
“I would now like to start a new chapter in my life and I would like to have the capital for a new project.”
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