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This beautiful home on wheels was once a school bus!

This couple loved the idea of a tiny house, but wanted the ability to move around. That's when they found a school bus and decided to make it into a home.
by Brittany Loggins / / Source: TODAY
Before and after school bus
Hammocks, a campfire and an amazing school bus home? We're in!@WeTravelByBus via Instagram

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An average school bus became something quite magical when it was transformed into a beautiful tiny home.

While Kai Branss, 53, and Julia Toebel, 36, still have apartments in Berlin, the majority of their time is spent living in this home on wheels.

Before and after school bus
The old seats had been stripped out of the school bus, but it was still in rough condition.@WeTravelByBus via Instagram

“We were actually looking for alternative living spaces and ways to live,” Branss told TODAY Home. “We were thinking about building a houseboat or a tiny house but we love to be flexible and to able to move around.”

Branss is a director and cinematographer and Toeble is a tattoo artist — so they wanted a living space as creative as they are.

Before and after school bus
You almost wouldn't know this space was once a bus!@WeTravelByBus via Instagram

They purchased the bus, which was built in 1993, and started their renovations in March 2017, investing more than 1,000 hours into making the space their home.

“Overall, it took around one year to get (the project) finished,” said Branss. “But you’re actually never finished with a project like this.”

Before and after school bus
Before: The rusty bus looked uninhabitable. @WeTravelByBus via Instagram

They officially moved into the home in April 2018, and have since spent about 90 percent of their time living in the bus.

“I think the bus reminds us to celebrate an easy minimalist lifestyle,” said Branss.

Before and after school bus
After: The home has a lot of counter space and a cozy feel.@WeTravelByBus via Instagram

And lucky for their 7,800 Instagram followers, they’ve decided to let others in on their journey as well.

“Everything moves so fast these days,” said Branss. “It’s just great to be forced to slow down and enjoy moments of travel and being out in the wild.”

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