Chrome Yellow Corporation is a fabrication shop located in Denver Colorado that specializes in off grid school bus conversions and solar and renewable energy systems. With recent technological advancements, tiny living can be luxurious, dependable, and more sustainable than ever before and Chrome Yellow is proud to help people find new independence.
Charles Kern, also known on social media as “look at that bus”, is a co-owner and founder of Chrome Yellow Corporation. His story starts in Denver in 2008 when he co-founded and began managing operations for Bus to Show—a non-profit bus company aimed at reducing the social impact (drunk driving, carbon footprint, etc) of nightlife and entertainment events. After several years of fleet management, Charles’ passion transpired to sustainable living in what he knew best—school buses. To learn more about Charles, read his autobiography here.
Since 2014 Chrome Yellow has designed living spaces in short buses, medium buses, and full-size school buses. The company has also designed several mobile business buses including grocery stores, therapy clinics, boutiques, coffee shops, and consulting spaces.
Full size turnkey school bus conversions can take 1,000 man hours from start to finish, and that’s a lot to handle even for a team of skilled tradesmen! Each member on our team has a unique specialty that streamlines conversion process, and all members share a quest for perfection. If you haven’t seen our portfolio, please take some time and view our work! We hope you’ll see our dedication to our finished product and our appreciation for the people who choose to work with us.
When you stop by the shop, you’ll be greeted by a team member or one of our pets if they beat us to it! You’ll find several buses being converted and can find inspiration wherever the eye lands. If you have any questions, we are open arms and open ears. We’ve learned too much and have seen too many mistakes to let a new owner not have the correct information about their conversion. Click the links below to learn more!
There is no finer form of flattery than to see others take an interest in your work and share it with others. Here’s a list of some of the places around the ‘net and beyond that our work is finding an audience.
2015 HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living dedicated an entire episode to Charlie’s 1982 Bluebird into my off-grid, four-season home. See the episode here
Chrome Yellow collaborated with other projects and was part of two more episodes of HGTV’s of THBL. In one episode Ben turns a school bus into a home and workshop on wheels for a friend, and in the other, Charles helps a couple make some insulation choices in their tiny home on wheels.
2016 Zillow sent some fine documentary filmmakers to hang with Charles a few days at our shop and make great micro-doc about our work and why we do it. You can see the whole thing and read the story here.
2017 Martha Stewart is someone who’s coolness is always being underestimated. You can imagine my surprise when we made it on to her website.