Big picture windows, rake heads and French doors opened our log house up, bringing the surrounding forest right into our log house. Right into our bedroom. I didn’t worry much about window coverings. If somebody was desperate enough to try and sneak-a-peek across our forested acreage, I figured they deserved to see something!! But now we’re considering what to do with all those windows when converting school bus. Do we want to keep all of them exposed or do we want to cover some of them up permanently?
To us, the purpose for windows is to:
- add natural light
- be able to open and add air circulation
- repel the rain
- keep the heat or cold out depending on the season
- create a feeling of connectedness with the natural world around us
I agreeConsidering what to do with all of the windows when converting school bus? Its going to be influenced by how much open space you want versus how important all your stuff is that’s going to inadvertently cover up a swath of wall space.
There’s also the consideration of energy efficiency…the more windows you have the more places you have for leaking heat.
Since Everette and I’ve always enjoyed bringing the outdoors into our living space via windows our personal choice was to not permanently sheet metal any of them up on the outside of the bus. The final look is often much grander, I agree. But it mattered to us to leave as many of the windows visible to let lots of sunlight in. We didn’t want to feel boxed in. By hanging curtains over the windows retain some privacy. But it still leaves the flexibility of opening them up to natural light.
We plan for our bus to be predominantly in sunny locales so our curtain choices were limited to total blackouts or at the least room-darkening curtains. I chose 3 different colours of curtains for the inside of the bus, making sure that the back side that would be visible on the outside would look fairly consistent, to give a more coherent look to the bus.
We hung curtains even over the windows that will be covered by a closet and our fridges. Everette has tried to build things in sections (modular-like) that can easily be removed and altered for a different purpose, without total disruption to the rest of the bus. With having several teens in our mix, we have tried to consider what changes we might want to make to the bus in the future if one or two of the kids “moved out”.
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Besides considering what to do with all the windows when converting school bus there’s the screens to consider. We’ve been wondering about how to install screens that work with the original bus windows we’re keeping in. So that’ll be an upcoming project though its not a priority as of yet. The bugs have just started to come out in our late-to-arrive summer but we’ve got far more important things to do. Like where to seat our butts….some couches and a toilet!
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