Denver, Co. (KMGH) – The wheels of the bus are turning in all directions to create a new and growing goal in Denver.
A local company turns school buses into homes that you can take on the road, helping our growing Colorado.
"It's definitely become what you would call a movement," said Charlie Kern, owner and co-founder of Chrome Yellow Corporation .
Kern co-founded the company in 2008 and began managing the activities of Bus to Show, a non-profit bus company, which aims to reduce the social impact (drunk driving, carbon footprint , etc.) night and entertainment events.
At the time, Kern was also looking for a new way to afford housing and live sustainably.
"I was looking for a place to live and I really had not entered the housing market. I just could not find what I could afford, "said Kern. "I decided to take the money I had and build a school bus for myself."
Years later, Kern and his team at Chrome Yellow book through summer school construction buses converted into "skoolies" for their customers.
"Although for me it is used to give me affordable housing, I think for many people it's a way of life, a way to travel the country, to have a home that you can own and that you can allow yourself. "No need to take out a mortgage for," Kern said.
Since 2014, Chrome Yellow has been designing living spaces in short buses, mid-size buses and full size school buses. The company has also designed a number of mobile business buses, including grocery stores, therapy clinics, boutiques, cafes, and consulting spaces.
The Denver-based team said that it was not easy to work with a bus.
"Basically, it's a remodeling," said Kern. "When you enter, you realize that no bus has straight walls, a bus is square, everything is slightly behind
Kern said that there were similarities between Skoolies and the tiny movement at home, but that he felt that the main difference was portability.
"A bus is much more portable. It's meant to travel where a small house is more than something you would want to tow to a destination and leave it there, "said Kern.
One of Chrome Yellow's current projects is a tour bus.
"A great 1991 crown coach who was saved from California, he was actually going to be scrapped," said Kern. "We are in the process of renovating it to become a home for some local musicians who have a family and want to be able to take them on the road with them while they are touring with them."
The team said that building buses was not the destination, but rather a different way of approaching housing in a new direction.
"You have to pay for gasoline and there will be breakdowns of course, but you have a freedom and a cost of living that can not really compare to a brick and mortar house," Kern said. .
The big question is how much do these buses cost? According to Kern, the price can range from about $ 25,000 to $ 35,000 for a small bus to hundreds of thousands of dollars for a large bus equipped with all the conveniences and advanced technology.