06/29/2012 06:08 pm ET

Daniel Bond, British Electrician, Converts Double-Decker Bus Into Two Bedroom Home (VIDEO)

For many aspiring first-time buyers, home ownership is becoming a distant dream in the United States and abroad.

While house prices have fallen in many areas, stricter mortgage lending rules and the struggle to raise a deposit for a home while paying rent have still managed to keep homeownership out of reach for some.

So when a self-employed auto electrician in the U.K. was unable to secure a mortgage, the 28-year-old Englishman decided to get creative, reports Kent Online.

Daniel Bond and his 20-year-old girlfriend, Stacey Drinkwater, transformed a neglected double-decker bus into a two-bedroom home, notes the Daily Mail.

The couple spent $17,265 on the bus and the renovation over four months, explains the Mirror.

“The whole point of this was to make things affordable for us," Bond told the Mirror. “It feels like an ordinary house, you completely forget that it’s a real bus.”

Decked out with a kitchen and a lounge, the bus even includes plumbing and a toilet and bath.

The bus, a 1991 Leyland Olympia, was formerly used on routes in Dublin, Ireland and East Sussex, England.