Sharpened Axe Bus








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Our home is a 1986 GMC bus. We bought five acres in the back country of Colorado and converted the bus to be our structure to stay in while we’re there. Our total for five acres of land, the bus, and the conversion, cost less than $10,000.

A 30 year old school bus converted into a tiny home in Colorado. Owned and shared by Mark Howes. More info. Sharpened Axe.



  1. KeithC December 28, 2015 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    As a fellow Coloradan, I admire your gumption and flare. I’d like to do the same thing one day, but I’d probably not in a bus at my age. Still, it looks like you have all the essentials, including the stars at night, wildlife at your door and some amazingly fresh air. What’s your altitude? Godspeed to you Mark.

    • Mark Howes January 3, 2016 at 7:54 pm - Reply

      9,200 feet. Most people I bring from seal level suck wind hard when hiking.

  2. B&A Stowaway December 28, 2015 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    I wish you’d known Mark growing up. He was a stoner who just rolled through life, living on venison and Mt. Dew. To see him build something so awesome and involve his family in such a cool project is really amazing!

  3. Melina December 29, 2015 at 3:26 am - Reply

    I Love it!

  4. Anne December 29, 2015 at 10:42 am - Reply

    It looks like it would get crazy-cold in there in the winter! All those single-pane windows!

    • Mark Howes May 24, 2016 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      Nah. Doesn’t take much to heat it. Small stove….big heat.

  5. Liz December 29, 2015 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Well…you lucky s.o.b. Nice bus, nice stove, nice property. Hope you’re all staying warm and hydrated. I like how the bus hasn’t been cut up into many rooms, making it feel small and cramped. I like the light and, again, the choice of stove. Anything bigger and you’d be melted to your chair. I’m assuming you have a garden planned for food, or something? Colorado’s a hell of a place to make it. Good luck to you. Nice bus.

    • Mark Howes May 24, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      No garden. Nothing grows at 9,200 feet. Need a greenhouse. We actually talked about getting another bus as a greenhouse. I did plant some rhubarb last year. It’s growing. The cows will likely make short work of it, though.

  6. Mike December 29, 2015 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Like a 60’s flashback. Well done sir. You’re living the absolute best time of your life. Cherish it.

    • Mark Howes January 3, 2016 at 7:54 pm - Reply

      The stove keeps up well. If we get cold, it’s because we’re too lazy to stoke the stove. 🙂

  7. kelly January 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    This is the best tiny space I’ve yet to see. I adore everything about it. It’s perfect!

  8. Truman Green January 5, 2016 at 8:47 am - Reply

    This is a wonderful adventure for both adults and children.

  9. Xilia November 3, 2016 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Woo hoo! We are so fortunate and blessed just aquired this place! New stove and some other details coming soon! <3

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