Hannah Verra, who lives in West Dublin, N.S., bought this 25-year-old school bus for $2,500 earlier this year. After months of work, she’s getting ready to move in at the end of the month. (Hannah Verra) Faced with rising rental prices in rural Nova Scotia, a 12-metre school bus seemed like the logical choice for Hannah Verra. She admits the 25-year-old bus she bought for $2,500 earlier this year is a bit rough on the outside, with cracks of yellow still visible in the peeling red paint — a reminder of its former life packed with kids out on the road. But step inside and you’ll find the makings of a cosy home for Verra and her two young children. "My wish for housing was to be able to live in a home that was both comfortable but affordable, and there wasn’t anything available in the region," said Verra, who lives in West Dublin, in Lunenburg County on the province’s South Shore. Because she’s self-employed, Verra said she couldn’t get approved for a mortgage and ended up staying several months in a short-term rental that wasn’t sustainable. She’s spent the last few months renovating the bus and plans to move in at the end of May. Verra used the couch and dinette from an old RV in the bus. She estimates she’s spent a couple thousand dollars on wood, but most of the supplies have been donated. (Hannah Verra) She’s not the only Nova Scotian opting to drastically downsize […]