Base board for the drop ceiling
Unwrapped wall and ceiling boards and outlet cutouts in bunks
Frame for the back bed
Frame for the kitchen counter and sink area
Holes in drop ceiling and wires run for lights
Those pictures summarize the work on the bus over the past few weeks. It’s coming along, starting to look more like what it eventually will be. A lot of fixing had to occur, recutting, refitting, and redesigning, but at least everything is now square and proportionate.
This is the basic, unwrapped dropceiling in the front that we built over those rafters I showed you in an earlier post. The wire is an average extension cord that will run the electirc from the inverter to the can lights that will be fitted into those hole after we wrap the wood with vinyl or whatever we’re planning to wrap it with.
This is the basic support for the drop ceiling in the back. This is basically where the drop ceiling will rest and screw up into. You can see the closet space on the right, each one of those slots will be a door to access a single, large closet.
This is the unwrapped wall and ceiling boards for the bunk, and outlet cutouts in the wall. The slots had to be cut out using an oscillating tool and are on the back wall of all 6 bunks.
This is Dad’s project: building the frame for the back bed. This bed will be Mom and Dad’s when it is completed. Those slots on either side are for closets, and the frame above the bed will be cabinet space. The are undet the bed will likely house drawers of for clothing. As you can see, the electrical is in place for the AC units, but is not yet hooked up. We’re still working on that.
In the front room, on the right side as you walk into the bus is this contraption. This happens to be the basic frame for the kitchen counter and sink area. Its position cuts into our space in the front where we had been storing the lumber, but we’ve been able to work around it. Things are practically building themselves before our eyes, but it definitely takes some work to get it all together. I’ll keep you updated as things happen so you can be along for the ride with us as we continue this wild journey.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist
We have been in Myrtle Beach, SC since the beginning of this week and it has rained every single day. On Sunday we parked the bus at a church where we were singing that night, and they graciously allowed us to work on it while we are in town.
The rain has been brutal for the past several day. More than a few times we have had to pack all of the tools and wood back in out of the rain only for it to let up 10 minutes later. Yesterday we were almost rained out completely, and even left the work site for the day because the conditions were so bad.
We tried to move everything inside the gym, but hauling wood back and forth through swamp land in the rain wasn’t something we felt like doing.
So, we gave up on work for the day. But, only a few hours later the rain let up for good and we went back to see how much work we could cram into the rest of the afternoon. It wasn’t much, but over the last several days of work, things are starting to come together.
On the right side are shelves for the bunks. The left side base was framed out and would soon have a sheet on top to match the rest.
We were also able to work on the ground skeleton on the back bathroom area. Building a framework for the platform of the shower and toilet. The pipe has just been added as we’ve gone along.So, lots of work left to be done, but at least we have a start on where we will sleep. Next I think we should install air units. Without them, the bus can become a microwave on a hot day. It’s coming along, slowly, but at least it’s moving. As things get built, I’ll post more pictures and updates.
As always, thanks for reading.
—the anonymous novelist