School Bus Homes Introduces
Announcing an accessible microliving option for the masses
Who Am I?
Hi! Nice to meet you.
I was born into a wonderful family in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1969. There were six of us – that included my parents, older brother, and 2 younger sisters. I was raised to respect others, be non-judgmental, and always put family first, no matter what. Our family values did not align with the ways of apartheid, and we sought out a land of new opportunity. Together, we relocated to Santa Monica, California where I completed high school and then attended Santa Monica College. I was eager to start a family of my own and got married in my late twenties, and shortly after had a son, Darian, and then two years later a daughter Joanna. My family was complete, and now I could pass on my teachings of hard work, discipline, and determination. I started a T-shirt printing company and was well on my way to achieving the ultimate “American Dream.” Five years later I was sitting in my suburban home with the white picket fence (I built!) and my 2 kids, 3 cars and a dog.
In 2010, life changed. My wife and I divorced, which lead me to reconsider the STATUS QUO. I scaled back from my 3000 square foot home into a 500 square foot apartment with my 2 kids. The unforeseen benefit was a resurgence in family values and connecting on a deeper and closer level to my children. Family was always my highest priority and I found that, in a smaller home, the bonds with my kids became deeper and more grounded. I decided to pursue developing school buses into microhomes because I saw a value in living an independent, mobile life while being a productive member of society. That living simply and smaller has so many benefits in our modern, more-is- better society. I want to expose this minimalist lifestyle and demonstrate to the world that there is another way to live the American Dream, an evolution from what was presented to me when I first arrived in this great country.
My son Darian and I are taking the ultimate back-to- school journey on a yellow school bus. The maiden voyage of the School Bus Homes “Recess” model will be a culmination of what has been an incredible bonding experience with my son. Throughout the process, we have connected on a deep level that I wasn’t expecting. This experience has taught us both how to solve problems, how to think critically and how to work together on accomplishing a dream – day by day, piece by piece. The reward of this lifestyle is a new sense of freedom. The ability to live independently without the weight of a typical work schedule, a mortgage or feeling stuck with the same commute every morning. I have also been so encouraged and inspired by the entire “Tiny House” movement that shares my journey to live life more simply. School Bus Homes is a business and a way of life. It’s modern, self-sufficient and untethered. It truly is an adventure for me and my family and I’m proud to be a 21 st Century American pioneer.
Where will you go today?