This modular houseboat concept can be adapted from a one-person dwelling to a family-sized float. The architect wanted to create a home that could be enlarged and reduced to suit changing families.
Living on a houseboat usually entails trading space for tranquility. This two-story, 2,150-square-foot houseboat in Amsterdam sacrifices neither. An expansive live-in kitchen opens onto an airy terrace on the second level.
The difficulties associated with building on water make houseboat construction particularly conducive to prefabrication. This urbane houseboat was assembled at a shipyard in Port Townsend, Washington, before travelling to Seattle's Lake Union by tugboat. Architect Eric Cobb describes his design choices: “No overt maritime themes, no boatlike finishes—rather, smart urban design, using durable materials suitable for the location."
It took ten years to tranform a dinky float into this modern home on the water, but for resident Denise Draper, it was worth the wait. “I love being close to the water. There’s constant change, with boats and wildlife passing by,” she says.
Not technically a houseboat, but a nautical home on water all the same. The Floating House, as it is known, is a buoyant summer home on Lake Huron accessible only by boat. It's not designed to move like a houseboat, but a downstairs boat slip connects it directly to the lake.