Before we can move into the bus and resume our travelling lifestyle, we need to get its bones in proper alignment. This has been a slow process, but it’s necessary to ensuring we’re comfortable in our new home.

The first step was insulation. I used polystyrene cut-offs and reflective foam from local sellers.

Insulation in the panels of the bus, September 2012
Once I've pulled the panels off the interior walls of the bus, I fill the cavities with polystyrene off-cuts.

Delaney and Brioni in a make-shift cubby house, August 2012
Brioni and Dell think a bit of reflective foam makes a wonderful cubby-house!

The bed was made with the assistance of a local sail-maker and a resourceful friend with tools.

Stretcher bed at the front of the bus, September 2012
Two metal poles are held in place by brackets mounted on the bus frame. The bed stretches out between them and is padded with self-inflating air-mattresses.

Floorcoverings are David’s speciality. In his absence, I used our existing materials and tools and fit it myself. I think I did a pretty good job, but my tradesmanship wouldn’t withstand the scrutiny of an expert.

Vinyl floorcoverings in The Gifted Gypsy, September 2012
Before the cabinets are installed, I glue down new vinyl floorcoverings.

I outsourced the cabinet-making to someone a friend recommended. My woodworking skills may be okay for small projects, but I can’t tackle anything this big.

Cabinet-work inside the housebus The Gifted Gypsy, October 2012
Using my hand-drawn sketches and a photo I'd taken from Pinterest, the cabinet-maker fashioned cupboards to suit our family's requirements.

Cabinet-work inside the housebus The Gifted Gypsy, October 2012
Using my hand-drawn sketches and a photo I'd taken from Pinterest, the cabinet-maker fashioned cupboards to suit our family's requirements.

Calista and Delaney in the bus, October 2012
The girls love exploring the different facets of the bus, and it's important for them to feel comfortable in this space and adopt it as their new home.

Now that the skeleton is in place, it’s time to start decorating! This is the fun part of the job for me, and it’ll probably take a couple of months before I’m ready to show off the result.