“You’re building a… houseboat… in your carport?”
Well, Yeah! Here are the basics:
It’s a 24′ long by 8′ wide, trailer-able wooden houseboat. We’re using lots of plywood and epoxy. LOTS of epoxy. It will have a flat bottom, decks fore and aft, an outboard motor, water collection, filtration and storage, solar power, a woodstove, on-demand hot water, self-contained marine toilet, a shower, large windows, an acrylic moon-roof over the queen bed platform with crank-operated plywood cover, Chinese flower boat aesthetic, antiqued hardware and finishes, propane powered stove and cooler, and a place to charge the laptop.
The plan that inspired the bones of this design is the Water Lodge Too (we had the plans up on the wall at one point).
Plans for the Water Lodge Too Houseboat
Our plans vary from the original design, but what a great starting place! The Tiny House Blog also has some of the other small dwellings that inspired the design, like Jay’s Tumbleweed Houses and the Millie Hill Floating Getaway. Here is the Tiny House Blog’s great post about the design.
Here is a little of what Devlin has to say about the Millie Hill:
Have you always wanted a waterfront getaway but couldn’t afford the luxury? This cozy retreat is our answer to the problem. Winter, spring, summer or fall imagine yourself anchored in some beautiful backwater in this little vessel. Equipped with a wood cook stove and galley you can catch or bring in the ocean’s bounty or something from Safeway.
Millie Hill Houseboat design by Devlin
These aren’t just inspiration on how to build, they’re proof that it can and has been done by countless others before us. Just like generations of families living on boats in Aberdeen Harbor. We can build and live on a little boat… with some modern conveniences (power tools, epoxy, solar power, plumbing, propane etc.)
Centuries ago, the boat city of Aberdeen Harbor was a haven for pirates, and the floating city itself hasn’t changed much since then despite the ultra-modern skyscrapers that have sprung up around it. Aberdeen’s “boat people” live here to escape the constraints of modern society… (webecoist.com)
Life in the floating village. See the Laundry? Photo by Karsten Peterson
Whole families live on tiny boats
So where to start? In November 2009, we moved into a duplex with a yard, a carport and a very cool owner who wants to see us build this boat. After years of planning, dreaming and rendering… the dream takes a step toward reality.