of your life are you willing to give up to own your own home? That was the question that we started asking ourselves when planning to embark on this most common step that families take. It’s what you’re supposed to do, right? Get married, have kids, buy a house – not necessarily in that order of course. We were both feeling vaguely uncomfortable with the thought of tying ourselves down for the rest of our working lives, just to own a home that we couldn’t afford to spend time in because we would need to work stupid hours to pay for it. That is the unfortunate reality for a growing number of people in Australia and in many places around the world. The question arose: how can we have a place to call our own, and the financial freedom to enjoy it? A particular idea kept cropping up: what about a home that we could move around in? Both of us are working towards careers where we could potentially work remotely. And could we do it without taking out a massive mortgage or loan? Thus, the idea of converting a bus or truck to a home for our family of four, with room for our two enormous dogs (Snowy insists on being in all of the photos) emerged. This is by no means a new idea and there is a very large amount of information on the internet about it, but we’d never done it, nor known anyone who had. We went to see an old 1979 Mercedes Benz School Bus that was for sale not too far from us. Within minutes of seeing it our youngest, Indi, had named the bus Ms Beauregard and, despite our quite adult and sensible decision not to buy the first bus we saw, we were in love. Ms Beauregard has come to completely fill up our driveway, and our hearts. Now the work begins.