The final design was done. Michael put everything he had into it and came up with the best he could. The public areas, such as the living room, were placed at the front of the bus, and the private rooms, his bedroom, for instance, were at the back.
This way, he could ensure that whenever he had friends or family over for a grill and chill, the facilities they needed were at the front, and there would be no need to go through the entire bus. He could already visualize the final outcome. This project was exciting, and he couldn’t wait to complete it.
Not Everything Was Easy
Michael said, "As soon as I stepped onto the bus for the first time, I knew me being 6'6" was going to be a huge problem. The ceiling is only 6'1, so I was going to have to do some MAJOR work to get this thing comfortable for my abnormally large body."
Michael cut a piece from the steel rib. He then went to a metal fabricator who made enough identical sleeves that fit perfectly on top of the rest of the ribs. This was done after they raised the roof, making the entire bus a few inches taller and spacious enough for Michael to walk about comfortably.
It Was Big
The bus suddenly looked as if it was double the size. It felt spacious and more inviting, and Michael couldn't wait to continue the work and turn this into his home. It was amazing how little work could bring so much change.
Michael realized that there was no room for mistakes. The space he had to work with was so narrow and small he had to be precise and accurate, and the measurements had to be spot on. Sometimes, in the late hours of the day, Michael began to ask himself if this was feasible or worth the effort. What other options did he have in life? Not too many, as it seemed.
A TV Station
One of Michael's passions was movies. Scrolling through his social media accounts, there are numerous photos of him together with top-class celebs, and throughout his life, he always made sure to be updated about the latest movies out there.
When he was working on designing his home bus, he knew that there was one thing he could not give up on. A television screen was a must, and he had to make sure he had enough room for his extra-miniature home-style cinema, big enough to host himself and a few friends. He didn't mind living in a small place, and he was all for coziness, however, the screen was not negotiable.
One day, while Michael was cleaning up the bus after removing the seats, he came across a note that read, "kick me." This probably belonged to one of the kids that rode this bus, and the note was left behind. So many stories and so many precious moments that belonged to total strangers this bus carried.
Progress was moving fast, and things were beginning to fall into place. What started as a dream was soon becoming reality, and it was now time for Michael to create new stories and new precious moments to be engraved into the bus's wobbly walls.