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bus conversion
: phase II

You Live in What? Episode: "Plane; Bus; Gas Station"

see our bus on HGTV

Season 2, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: A Catholic schoolhouse that was converted into a home is featured, along with a residence that was once a World War II bunker. Other unusual abodes include a gas station, a plane, a bus and a grocery store, as well as a barn, a firehouse, a church and an underground bathroom. Original Air Date: Mar 22, 2013

 Lynn and Gary's Eagle Bus - Completed

Our converted Eagle bus motor coach was completed in the fall of 2006 and currently resides on our land in Bakersville, NC. We started living in the bus in January 2007. The stone patio was completed in the spring of '07. In the background you can see our current project, a guest cabin.











The panel on the door of the bus depicting the Eagle Bus logo and landmarks from New York to Florida welcomes visitors with the favorite Willie Nelson verse "On the Road Again."

The "Watch Your Step" sign, in Spanish and English, on the entry steps is original from when the bus ran its route from San Diego to Mexico. 










As you walk up the steps into the bus is a panel with coat hooks inviting you to "Hang your hat and sit a spell". A small door in the panel opens for storage.





Under the driver's seat is another custom panel by Sticks to hide the base of the seat. The original driver's seat was reupholstered in distressed leather.

Diamond plate steel was used on the accelerator pedals. Note the cool ash rings that cover the steering wheel panel.

The image below shows the beautiful walnut dashboard cover that Gary made. The panel for all the controls is birdseye maple. Ash was used on the side walls and floor.

Rubber flooring was used on steps for durability. Note the small cabinet door in the image above under the dashboard, which is convenient for storing dog leashes, gloves, hats, etc.

This is the main living area of the bus. Over the windshield is the entertainment center with TV and stereo. The windshield curtain can be rolled up tight when on the road.

When let down, the  windshield curtain, made from Marimekko fabric, depicting tree tops.

The ceiling really speaks for Gary's woodworking talents. Wiring and air-conditioning ducts run down the center. The round disks and holes are vents for the air-conditioning.






The leather sleeper sofa is in the front slideout with the dining booth. When the bus is on the road the slide out moves into the room.

Lynn's purse hangs on the horse head hook, handmade by ceramic artist, Dana Major Kanovitz.










This image shows how the living room transitions into the dining area and kitchen. Custom Sticks is used in many areas of the main living area of the motor coach including the dining booth with chandelier, tray hanging on the wall, cowboy lamp, half round table with lamp, corner seat, ottoman and set of tripod stacking tables.


The half round table with matching custom table lamp above was made to a custom size and wall mounted to fit over a wall heater. Among the many things at which Sticks excels is upholstery. Take note of the AMAZING stitched and painted detail on the leather corner seat and ottoman.















The custom table top with matching chandelier and tray were made by Sticks. The hooks to hold the tray were made by Gary. By the way, Gary, a woodworker and graduate of RIT, did the entire renovation and all the woodworking including the amazing booth seats shown here. Under each seat is a drawer for extra storage. The back of the booth seat next to the sofa flips down to make a handy sofa side table. 

Kitchen countertop, sink and appliances are stainless steel with aqua glass tiles for the backsplash.

The microwave is wall mounted over the DeLonghi stove hood.

The rooster, pig and goat pewter door pulls and stag head salt and pepper shakers are handmade by Sylvie Goldmark.

Pressed tin (shown right) is used for the ceiling in the kitchen area and booth slide-out.


Next to the stove is a pull-out pantry with pull-out trash and recycling bins underneath.


Across the aisle, next to the refrigerator is a pantry cupboard.

Ash was used for the floors in the living room and bedroom and ceramic tile on a diagonal in the kitchen and bathroom.


The door with Sticks panel is the door to the commode. When open, as shown above left, it makes the rear bedroom and bathroom private from the front.
The image to the right shows the same hallway with the door closed.

Now, please step to the rear of the bus!

The amazing Sticks custom closet doors with matching header and bed headboard are the focal points of this room. The king sized bed fits into the rear slide-out (pop out on the bus) so everything for the headboard area was custom made by Sticks using Gary's templates to fit in this area.

The closet doors were made to be a trompe l'oeil painting of what you might see
while driving down the road and looking out the rear of the bus. We requested landscapes
depicting  mountains, farmland, desert, lakes and tropical palms.

Note how the closet doors work with the bed and desk area.

The bed headboard area was a real challenge to get to fit properly. But Gary and Sticks skilled woodworkers figured it out. When the bus is on the road this area slides into the bus.
It is so cool to lay in bed and look at the amazing details of this headboard area.

The branch with two carved birds give great dimension to the bed header.

A small but important detail: a drawer on each side of the bed in the slide-out.
Ceiling in the bedroom is ash and floor is walnut, the reverse of the front.

Desk lamp and chair made to match the closet doors and bed headboard.

Bedroom storage details: Shelf under window lifts for jewelry and makeup storage.
Under the bed is a giant drawer for bedding.

Across from the foot of the bed is a TV and Raven Tata wall mirror.
 Sliding doors close off the bedroom from the bathroom and front of the motor coach.

Bathroom vanity and shower on right of hallway. Tiled shower with seamless glass door.


Bathroom Vanity with copper sink.

Fish and fisherman towel bar and from door pulls by Sylvie Goldmark.

Bathroom hallway. A custom Sticks plaque that was a gift from a special friend when we started the bus project.

Closet doors and door with mirror to commode.

Closet doors open to reveal stacking washer and dryer on one side and clothes closet on the other. The door with Sticks panel goes to commode.

Sticks panel in door to commode shown closed and open.

Inside small room for commode which contains a closet for vacuum, ironing board, robes, etc.
The closet is behind the refridgerator.

Custom mirror by woodworker friend Leo Doyle. Dog heads holding towel bar are Harry and Sally.

Ernie wants you to remember, "Home is where the dog is."

Marge, Bob, Buddy Ray and Dixie Belle all have their favorite spots to nap.

If you haven't already been there, click the link below to see where this all started
 earlier steps of the bus conversion.

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