As a result, they need to create 11,000 new moorings for canal boats in the next decade to keep pace with demand, which has doubled over the last six years in line with the property boom. Living on the water has long been associated with a laid-back hippy lifestyle or a back-to-nature existence, but with average house prices standing at more than ?230,000, according to the latest Land Registry figures, more buyers are choosing to live on water. In general terms, a house will cost more than a boat, but it’s not always the case with some super-swanky floating homes in London going for over a million pounds. Given the same careful thought and planning that you would expect to put into building a home on land, mapping out a life on the water should be far from traumatic. When thinking about either buying a boat that has been converted to a home, a purpose-built houseboat or even building your own floating home, the very first thing that you should consider is finding a mooring.
Much like finding a piece of land to build on, in certain areas of the UK this is no easy task.
The cost of buying a boat or building your own is relatively small when you compare it to what you would pay for a home on land. If you look further afield than the capital’s waterways, buying a floating home can be approached in a different way. If time is on your side and it isn’t a matter of urgency that you move into your home straight away, building your own houseboat from scratch is quite a viable option. One huge advantage that houseboat-building has over building on land is that you are not going to be held back by archaic planning restrictions and Building Regulations. Check out your local waterways, boating magazines and website blogs for as much information as you can find, and chat with houseboat owners about their lifestyle. Boat life is likely to involve more limited space than you may be accustomed to and the onboard services differ from those in regular homes. It is therefore advisable that you rent a boat for a good few months before you make the final decision to invest your time, emotion and money in building a floating home.
Or consider a weekend away spending fun time on Houseboat Riverine on Tagg Island, Hampton in the middle of the River Thames.
Malcolm Walker will make you feel more than welcome on his B&B houseboat and it is only a short ride from all the attractions that central London has to offer.
If you can afford to take a holiday overseas, Amsterdam, known as ‘the Venice of the North’ is the capital of European houseboats.
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CAPTCHAThis question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. In an earlier post we featured the berkeley-engineering’s Cape Codder and I have been wanting to feature another one of their tiny house boats the Aqua Casa.


You will find a complete galley, a bright and airy cabin, full headroom, plenty of storage and storage space, complete with RV appliances, a private enclosed head, a fold-out bed, and inside or outside helm. All parents want to provide a wonderful, magical home for their children, but most think they can't afford it.
Innisfree is a unique house on the water surrounded by a natural playground with stunning views. Designed to be a warm, spacious, flexible and inspiring home, she cost less to build than a one-bedroom apartment. Nick Skeens is the father of three young men, a writer, a journalist, a media consultant, teacher, sailor, DIY enthusiast and, up to a point, a musician.
Kent Griswold has a website on mini-homes, and has included the Cape Codder as part of his site.
Location: Houston, Tx Why don't you post a picture of what you want to build to get this started? Location: lake elsinore I was thinking how cool it would be to have a trailer that floated and powered its self .
Location: Eustis, FL Typically when you attempt to make things do more then what they normally do, you end up with something that does neither very well.
Houseboats, by their nature are not very good boats and I've designed a few that are better then the average. Location: Ford, Wa, USA Pontoon supplier Have u checked out UFAB pontoon boats. Location: Coastal Georgia Don't get locked into the idea they have to be pontoons. Originally Posted by rasorinc Instead of using pontoons you could easily build a trailerable (8'-6") wide beam houseboat hull using a catamaran hull as it is easy to calculate the weight of a house boat, I know you could get a 32' to 36' long hull (2 hulls ) with a flat deck on which to build off yet would give you a substantial sea kindly boat. Location: OREGON Go to the Glen L boat design site and under boat plans look up under outboards Bearcat Cuddy.
This is the boat I am building lengthened to 32' Then go to customer pictures and look up Wildcat.
Depending on what you want the catamaran sponsons ( pontoons ) will have to sized correctly if building a much larger hull but the basic structural designing will be very similiar. Location: Alliston, Ontario, Canada Where you planning to use it: lake, river or coast? When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals.
Here’s our advice on purchasing your very own houseboat As house prices continue to rise and plots of land become more and more scarce, houseboats are becoming an increasingly popular alternative place to live. The wrong way to approach living on the water in London is to buy a boat and then look for a mooring.


Once you have plans for your boat you can contact the British Waterways to enquire about a suitable mooring. Building a huge boat that looks unsightly and out of proportion with the rest of the boats in a mooring may hinder you from being welcomed with open arms into the community. It is essential that you get used to filling water tanks, master the changing of gas bottles and learn to accept pumping out your toilet. These boats can be built by the amateur builder with little or no boat-building experience. This boat can double as a self-contained travel trailer, which you can use for any purpose, whether it is a weekend getaway or an extended trip on the road. With this book, a little vision and the drive and motivation that parenting brings, you can see how to build yourself an inexpensive, tailor-made, family home.
She has six double bedrooms and an indoor play space large enough for table tennis or to kick a ball around. Making a amphibihouse is fraught with difficulties, that the best engineers and NA's would spend lots of nights scratching their heads over. Sure it can, but it might be a hell of a sight cheaper to launch a houseboat off a trailer, putter around where ever you like then load her back up on the trailer and take her home.
British Waterways estimates that approximately 15,000 people live in floating homes in Great Britain. Should you wish to live on a houseboat in London, finding a mooring is going to be much more difficult than it would if you wanted to live in Medway in Kent. The e-mail address is not made public and will only be used if you wish to receive a new password or wish to receive certain news or notifications by e-mail. She has all the modern comforts: internet, telephone, power showers, electricity and central heating. As for a novice to design something like this, well good luck and don't take family and loved ones on the sea trials. Naturally big boats have trailer limitations, but these limitations would still exist, even if the boat had a trailer built in or was amphibious. It's very difficult to engineer moving pieces, with any level of tolerance to be occasional immersed and not have issues.



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