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Old 07-03-2018, 12:27 PM   #11
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If that house is water front, I'm surprised it's ONLY 1 mill, lol. Our friends said they couldn't afford to buy their house at today's value and they only bought it 4 years ago.

Did you leave your bus unatended or were you sleeping inside? It'll be interesting finding all the areas we can and can't pull to the side over night. Our build is going to be self sufficient for frequent boondocking so we can explore more of Washington.
It is a small house and the improvements he's made have surely appreciated the value. Here's another shot facing the street and sound. You're right it's worth more than I think, the shack next door is over a million. Because the "beach" is all rocky pebbles, my brother said when he goes to the beach he wants to be able to stick his toes in the sand, so he built his own beach in the front yard. You can see it in the other pic.

Left it unattended for 2 nights.
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Old 07-03-2018, 02:46 PM   #12
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Welcome! Also a Seattle-ish resident here, we're gonna be empty nesters in a few years, at 39 I've got a lot of good years left and don't plan to spend them mowing the lawn for the neighbors' approval.
I've never liked lawns. Hugely wasteful and time consuming for very little payoff. We're renting a house and keep the front lawn mowed to keep the neighbors happy, but we grow the back yard out so the grass can reseed itself and get good roots. Plus it's funny watching our little dog run through grass taller than he is. Totally with you on looking forward to mother nature's landscaping.
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Old 07-03-2018, 02:51 PM   #13
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It is a small house and the improvements he's made have surely appreciated the value. Here's another shot facing the street and sound. You're right it's worth more than I think, the shack next door is over a million. Because the "beach" is all rocky pebbles, my brother said when he goes to the beach he wants to be able to stick his toes in the sand, so he built his own beach in the front yard. You can see it in the other pic.

Left it unattended for 2 nights.
That is heavenly. Is your brother looking for new 30 year old friends? Or maybe ocasional driveway tenants? ;P
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Old 07-05-2018, 10:39 PM   #14
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Floor holes are welded shut and most of the wall panel screws are out. We'll have to cut off a few that the previous owner stripped. Didn't realize till trying to remove a panel and then hopping back on skoolie.net that the panels tuck under the windows. Current plan is to try to maneuver insulation boards in. Back up plan, more reading. Any advice here would be great!

Also mocked up this sweet floorplan. Some proportions are off since furnishings were limited in the free options, thus the 2ndary rulers. For example, our bed is a king (6'6" x 6'10"), the couch and bed will actually be right next to each other with a curtain partition and the bathtub will be smaller, allowing room for a small linen closet. Rear closet will cover the entire engine space. The toilet is going to be a natures head composter built on a platform over the wheel well (no plumbing to worry about) that slides out of a cabinet so we don't have to look at it all the time or waste the extra space. We're basically planning on using the back emergency door as our main entrance and only going through the front to drive.

Key drivers in this plan were to keep our temperpedic king bed and our huge leather sectional, both are very very loved and expensive. Secondary, having a bathtub, avoiding weird placements and the bowling alley look as much as possible, and putting the toilet close to a door for easy dumping. Honestly I love this layout. I think we're going to be very comfortable in it.

Cats added to annoy Derek. We only have one.
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Old 07-05-2018, 10:50 PM   #15
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Thas a lot of cats. ;)
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Old 07-05-2018, 10:55 PM   #16
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Thas a lot of cats. ;)
When an app has more cat options that bed options, you kinda start to wonder who their target user really is 😂
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Old 07-05-2018, 11:17 PM   #17
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That is heavenly. Is your brother looking for new 30 year old friends? Or maybe ocasional driveway tenants? ;P
There is the issue of his wife, she won't let my brothers kids stay in the house if they visit. I had to stay in the loft above the garage you see in the back of the house.
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Old 07-06-2018, 06:00 AM   #18
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There is the issue of his wife, she won't let my brothers kids stay in the house if they visit. I had to stay in the loft above the garage you see in the back of the house.
.......wow
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:37 PM   #19
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It appears as if you got yourself a really nice used bus.

Any idea from which school district it came?

Your floor plan is rather interesting. With the tub all the way to the front like that it doesn't look like there is much room for a co-pilot's seat. Devising a fold down cover for the step wheel for when you are traveling or at night to really block the door would allow for a jump seat for the co-pilot.

Make sure as you close up all of the holes in the floor that you clearly mark any access panels in the floor. They are there for a reason and if you cover them up so you can't find them easily you will most definitely be asking yourself "what was I thinking" sometime down the road. In particular the access to the fuel tank, the engine, and the transmission are extremely important. Without the access servicing or repairing different parts of the power package will become very difficult. In bus repair difficult=expensive$$$$!
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:47 PM   #20
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Smile Nice layout!

Greetings from another Seattleite! That layout looks really sweet. I sympathize about the griping from neighbors... our plans to build got derailed when we moved (temporarily; we're back in the city now) to Whidbey Island, where it's illegal to live in any form of RV or mobile home outside a formally recognized trailer park, of which there is exactly one on the island at the wrong end for us. Something about wind, we were told, although we've seen a lot of people park RVs all over the island (without living in them... ostensibly) and we've never seen any of them have trouble from wind.

Oh well. Right now, we're back in the city in a rented house and saving money to build our dream Skoolie. My last round of savings had to go to replace our car, which died unexpectedly; but we're not in a hurry. Six years till we're empty nesters ourselves... we can have it done by then.
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