From rustic shacks to glassy light-filled modern homes, houseboats offer cozy and private accommodations enhanced by the gentle movement of the water. This rectangular, glass-fronted houseboat floats on Lake Rummelsburg, a small bay in the river Spree.
The open-plan interior space also includes a kitchen and bathroom, full of clean simple lines in shades of white, gray and pale wood. Creative contemporary domestic designs, from unique home architecture to custom interior, furniture & DIY design ideas.Find inspiration via plans & pictures of compact modular mini-houses, small-space apartments, all-in-one bathroom & bedroom projects & more.Upcycled cargo shipping container houses, to space-saving furniture, ultra-modern interiors & futuristic homes! The Schwimmhaus by German architects Confused-Direction is a green hausboot (oops, house boat) designed to float around or just stay put on the shore. Based in Oldenburg, just a boat’s float up the Hunte River to the North Sea, Confused-Direction is a young design co-op founded by Flo Florian and Sascha Akkermann. Please note that gratuitous links to your site are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments.
I've often thought it would be cool to live in a floating home and recently tried a short stint in an old sailboat. In the United States most local governments make it difficult or even impossible to have a floating home.
In response to "Logdog's" question concerning where he might get a permit for a floating home in NW Washington.

I live in the Netherlands, and a lot of dutch people would disagree with your definition of a house boat. Occasionally, they can even be rented by the public to see what it’s like to live on the sea, in a harbor or on a lake. It feels out of the way, yet provides views of the city lights and easy access to all Berlin has to offer. Its modern pre-fab aesthetic sets it aside from most maritime-y houseboats, and a green roof adds freshness and sustainable cred.
Does anyone know who an individual would contact in order to explore the permitting process?
The Schwimmhaus is, by accepted definition, a "Floating Home" not a "houseboat." Houseboats are recreational, self-propelled vessels. They come in all shapes and sizes, from floating traditional style homes, to ultramodern design concepts that look as if they may be able to fly as well. It features one double bedroom, with an additional bed in the living area to sleep up to two adults and two children. Custom-made furniture ensures optimal function without clutter in this 645-square-foot space.While summer is the best time to take advantage of the sun glimmering on the surface of the lake, winter has its benefits, too, especially with that modern fireplace to keep the boat cozy.
Still under construction, Schwimmhaus is being built from wood salvaged from an old farm house in addition to other sustainable building materials.

I realize it may not be an easy undertaking but feel confident if I could obtain the permits I could manage the rest of the factors. However, there is not likely to be much of a market, and certainly not any waiting list in Portland or Seattle, or any other city in the US. Some on this list are high end, but many are pieced together from reclaimed planes, trains and automobiles, proving that you don’t have to have a target budget to watch the sunset reflect off your waterfront view. The problem is that all US waters that can accommodate floating homes are governmentally-owned and essentially every possible berth that might be available is already owned and occupied. As sea level rises due to global warming, it might be a good idea for you to check out this eclectic mix of high-sea homes. NO more berths are being created, and in fact, in most jurisdictions, governmental agencies want living on the water in a permanent dwelling to be abated. The view is that living on the water should not be allowed, because the waters belong to ALL the people, and when people live on them, they are restricting their use for recreation by the general public.

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