After more hours than I care to recount I believe I've finally gotten our Final Floorplan worked out. Everyone's got to figure out a layout that works for them and no two need to be the same. I learned so much from looking at other floorplans that I post mine here to foster other ideas for folks. We have very specific needs in our bus; mostly to accommodate a workshop area for my artist wife and for our piano (she plays, I plunk) so the floorplan is unique. But, that's why we choose to convert a Skoolie in the first place!
Here's a small version of the plan, click on it to go to a larger version:
The thought process:
We decided we just had
to have the workshop in the rear of the bus in order to take advantage of all those windows and the large rear door; it also allows us to have a small "porch" on the back with steps to come and go without traipsing through the rest of the bus. The wall separating the workshop from the rest of the bus can be well sealed to keep pastel dust, fixative spray, varnish odors and such out of the main living area.
The wheelwells turned out to be a major hassle from a layout standpoint; about the only elegant way to deal with them is to span them with a cabinet or bed and this starts to dictate where certain things have to go. The toilet room and shower obviously had to miss them.
I tried bunk beds (as shown earlier in this thread) but couldn't get enough height for the water tank under the lower bunk, the lower mattress, decent headroom for the lower bunk, the upper bunk frame and mattress, and headroom for the upper bunk...so I gave up on that.
One requirement was that we'd have a double bed when desired. I finally hit on the idea of installing a 30" wide bunk on each side of the bus exactly opposite from each other; the mattress flats (frame, support, whatever you call it) will be mounted on heavy-duty drawer slides and each bunk will roll inward 15" to the middle of the bus to form a Queen sized bed when together. Since each bunk only has to move half of its width (and because they make some really skookum drawer slides) supporting the bunks won't be a problem. The bunks will be set up like Captain's beds on a boat; they'll be fairly high off the floor and each will have a 50-gallon fresh water tank under it and storage drawers for clothing. The cabinets at the head of the bed will provide small bookcases (for paperback-sized books) along with reading lights and angled headboards for reading in bed. There's a pocket door or curtain between the walls at the forward end of the bunks to close off the bedroom/bath area for privacy.
I gave up one swiveling lounge seat on the passenger side (from earlier floorplans) to get more counter space for the kitchen but I gained an area that will allow me to install a floor-to-ceiling forward-facing cabinet at the forward end of the kitchen counter. This will have a bookcase in the upper part (with appropriate book retainers), a desk in the middle part with a flip down or pull out shelf which we can use for writing or for a place to work on the laptop, and the lower portion will be a storage (probably wine) cabinet. The inboard end of the cabinet (facing the passageway) will house the various control panels (AC, DC, etc) for the bus; probably behind a smoked glass (plexi) door.
Based on a coffee table we have in our house where the top lifts up on an articulated mount to make a dining height table I devised a similar mount to use on the piano (it's a Yamaha electronic model, not an acoustic!) so that it can live under the couch when not in use. When desired one would lift the seat cushion off the couch, remove a lift-off seat section of the couch seat and then the piano will lift up and at the same time move toward the middle of the bus (it's just the way the mount works). We'll use a folding piano stool for seating.
Well, that's it for now; now all I've got to do is build it! At least, finally, I know how
I'll build it and the actual construction will be fun (I hope