Skoolie Update: Layout
So here's a very rough sketch of the layout that I'm thinking of.
Lots still in the thinking through and basic logistics process, but I hope this makes sense. I'll explain along the way, and then if anyone has any thoughts/concerns/warnings/encouragements, please let them fly!
Remove all original windows, sheet over all the windows, then cut for specific double-paned windows I'm able to find.
Will have a deck on top, with interior access via drop down ladder. Remainder of roof will eventually be home to solar panels. Centerline walking
Working from the back:
Found a full sized yet compact shower that I really like. Taller than ceiling, and not doing a roof raise, so I thought I'd cut out the section just above the wall side of the shower, and weld a raised box to allow room for the top of the shower. Thoughts?
Composting toilet. Not wanting to deal with black water, extra plumbing, etc, and this saves water and can ultimately be used as fertilizer and/or frozen yogurt toppings.
Deep frost both the rear windows, and two rear side windows for privacy while letting in light. Rooftop vent w/fan for ventilation.
Built on to the back seat shelf & level with back shelf: top access cabinets.
Pine wood ceilings/walls/cabinets. Stained darker than from area of bus.
Next, on either side: closets. Passenger side, full closet for hanging. Driver side, folded clothes, and electrical area. Out of the side of this will be a small thin cupboard door that opens to allow access to computer mounted on a telescoping bendable arm for viewing when seated at table forward of the closet.
That table will be just back of the driver side emergency exit door. Additional leaf can be added to double its size (blocking exit) to accommodate more seating.
Passenger side, counter space, then sink (farmer's sink style). Under counter space will be a 5 sq foot refrigerator and next to it a matching freezer.
Forward of driver side emergency exit, a wood burning stove. (Nectre Baker's Oven)
Forward of passenger side kitchen area will be a couch/bed combo. I have the design in mind. One twist: underneath couch will be a bathtub, framed 1/2 way down into under bus storage area, so it retains normal couch height. Lifting up couch will allow for baths, or storage in tub of whatever. Perfect place to smuggle people wanting to immigrate to Canada. Probably one full sized adult, or two adults that REALLY like each other, 3 small children, or two little people from the circus.
Driving area/original steps will be mud room. Wall off area behind drivers seat & install real wooden door. My thinking: when inside the bus, it will a) look less like a bus and more like a home when you look forward and b) insulate better.
That's the basic idea. Going with old-school style copper sinks/tub/faucets since I think it will really play off the rustic knotty pine of the walls/ceiling. Pardon the scribbled back-of-the-napkin style drawing...I took drafting once. 28 years ago.
Hope everyone had a very good, relaxing, food-filled Thanksgiving!