Being energy efficient was very important for Michael. He wanted to be as green as possible, recycle and reuse as many components as he could, and the next stage was installing solar panels. One thing Michael didn’t know was that this was going to be the hardest part of the entire refurbishment.
Not only that — all the other friends who helped Michael out and shared their talent and abilities were preoccupied, so Michael found himself all alone on the most laborious aspect. It was now even harder than he thought it could be, and Michael had to find a way of doing this most efficiently.
No matter how talented or how efficient Michael was, he admitted he made some mistakes along the way. Take the roof, for example. He wished he would have left it as it was. Tearing it apart just lead to more issues and problems, and he felt he could have come up with a different solution.
He said that removing the bars and panels was a huge mistake, and the new roof, although looked great and enabled him to walk around freely in the bus, made the structure slightly less stable and a little less reliable. And this was not all. An unstable roof was the least of his problems.
Things Had to Go On
His body was not in great shape. He might have been working too hard and more than what his body could cope with, and he began to suffer from injuries and wounds. All this was making him work slower, and things were sliding out of schedule, however, he put on a brave face and continued the work.
Michael said, "First side done. Easily the most painful and bloody part of the build. Got a sweet permanent scar on my fore arm from when one of these steel sheets fell and sliced my arm open. Don't worry, I'll spare you the gory photos!"
That day, it was windier than usual, and Michael climbed on the roof, preparing himself to install the panels. Everything kept falling off, he couldn't keep himself still, and it turned into a day from hell. Michael was wishing for this day to be over with, so he could go back to the fun aspects of construction.
There were a few things that Michael was not willing to give up on and insisted on having. In his eyes, solar panels were full of character, represented his beliefs, and they are what eventually turned the bus into his own home sweet home.
Everything According to Plan
The floors had to be dark hardwood, the kitchen had to include a good butcher block, and the tiles had to be white, with a thin line of black grout. There was no other way as far as he was concerned.
Michael rolled up his sleeves and got work started. He did the entire tiling on his own. He admits that the final outcome was not perfect and there was room for improvement, however, this was his first attempt, and for a beginner, it was good enough. Michael was modest and never spoke highly of himself, however, no one could stay oblivious to the extraordinary work he did with the bus.