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Category Archive: Float Homes and Houseboats

A canal barge houseboat in Amsterdam

The Charlotte Johanna first set sail in 1908, transporting freight along the inland waterways connecting Western Europe. A little over a century later, it was converted into a floating home and is now… Continue reading

The Hobbit Houseboat

This eclectic float home on Seattle’s Lake Union has been dubbed the Hobbit Houseboat. No, it’s not covered in earth and there isn’t a single circular door or window to be seen. But… Continue reading

Tao, a tiny houseboat on Lake Union

Gasworks Park Marina is a community of tiny floating homes on Lake Union, close to downtown Seattle. The full-time liveaboard marina is set up as a condominium. The boat slips are owned individually… Continue reading

Up the Lake and Off the Grid

Margy has written in to describe the small float home where she and her husband live full-time far off the grid and far off the paved road in coastal British Columbia. Thank you… Continue reading

The Floatwing houseboat | Friday

Do you enjoy a change of scenery once in a while? Want a place to call home but not quite ready to commit to a particular location? Then a floating home may be… Continue reading

DublDom Houseboat, a modular floating cabin | DublDom

DublDom is a line of wood-framed prefabricated dwellings produced near Moscow. Since its introduction several years ago, the DublDom system has been very successful within Russia. Its modular design and quick on-site installation… Continue reading

Craftsman-style Portage Bay float house

This floating home is moored in Portage Bay, one of Seattle’s many floating home communities. It is one of eight float homes that share a cooperatively-owned dock along with a parcel of land… Continue reading

Quirky Lake Union float house

Lake Union in Seattle, Washington, is famous for its houseboats and float houses. When this float house was launched almost a century ago, float houses were still considered a low-cost form of housing… Continue reading

Living on the water in Prague | Mjölk Architekti

The owner of this floating home in Prague wanted to live close to the amenities of the city center. However, like many other young people, he found the typical downtown housing to be… Continue reading

A striking contemporary home on the water | Steeltec37

This eye-catching small house floats on a lake in the Lusatian lake district of Saxony in Germany. Its unique curved roof resembles a sail under wind, fitting imagery for a floating home. It… Continue reading

The Silberfisch, a modern floating home | Confused-Direction

Living on the water is an option in many places. Unlike a houseboat, a float home has no engine of its own and must be towed from place to place. They are typically… Continue reading