A WOMAN who bought a double-decker bus turned it into a unique home from scratch.
Ellie Banner-Ball, 36, bought the vintage light blue double-decker bus back in 2016 after being inspired by an Instagram post.
She converted the bus into a unique home in Devon complete with a full kitchen, living room and bathroom before calling it Betty.
The 1977 Bristol VR Series Two can sleep up to four people, and the open floor plan has been built within the existing shell of the engine, reports The Mirror.
Downstairs has a fully equipped kitchen with hob, fridge-freezer, double sink in stainless steel and other amenities.
Also on the lower deck is the living room, which has an incredible wood burning stove, a sitting area and a convenient detachable dining table.
Meanwhile, the original bus driver’s trunk has been converted into a kitchen storage room.
If you go upstairs, you will find the bathroom with bath and sink with slippers with roll top and bedroom with king bed complete with side tables.
However, there is no toilet installed on the bus despite the elegant bathtub.
The upper deck front seats have been converted into a study and dressing room.
Ellie said: “I was inspired by an Instagram post that said, ‘buy an old bus, take the seats out and travel around your country with good people’.
“It sounded like a good idea, so I looked online and found a beautiful light blue bus. This was a vintage Bristol VR, and I picked her up in Runcorn two weeks later.”
She added: “I liked the idea of living in a home that could move with me and live simply and minimally – even though it was far from simple! My friend Willow inspired me because I lived with her in a shepherd’s cottage, when I first came to Devon, and I loved it. “
In her quest to turn the bus into a home, Ellie used the free space, such as changing the bus stop buttons to convenient light switches.
And Betty is also fully functional with its own heating system and solar panels.
Ellie said: “It has a hot water system with boiler and wired electricity. Betty plugs into an outdoor outlet and has an electrical box with fuse switches just like a normal house. It also has a solar panel so it’s completely off.”
The quirky home boasts a unique Scandinavian “cozy” decor and has even appeared in the TV homes showing George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.
And the domestic bus is a return to Cliff Richard’s iconic film Summer Holiday, in which he and his comrades travel in a former London bus.
Betty has been used as a stationary bus home since 2018 before two years as a vacation rental since April 2020.
Ellie said: “I lived in Betty for two years before moving into a brick and mortar house in 2020 just after the pandemic hit.
“I was so sad 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 location.”
And Ellie has now revealed that she is now selling the bus for £ 35,000 to raise money for the next phase of her life.
She said: “I’m very sorry 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 now want to start a new chapter in my life and would like the capital for a new project.”