Tag Archive for: Houseboat

Houseboat Project for Sale: Hoo,Kent

09 Aug
August 9, 2012

Here we have a houseboat project for sale. This houseboat situated in Hoo, Kent is a unique conversion opportunity, a project to complete that already has some outstanding features. Currently moored on a working wharf where conversion work can be completed, this unique houseboat has three floors ready for you to create a unique designer houseboat, plenty of space and light are available. There is also a huge amount of materials available seperately by negotiation with the owner, that were specially imported to fit out this conversion. This could be a stunning designer home, or indeed a unique business premises, if you have the imagination and drive this could be your chance to create something very special. Once complete a mooring will need to be found for this boat.

The houseboat project is on the market with Premier Houseboats and can be viewed here. It is on the market for £70,000.


Vessel name: Exclusive
Year constructed: 1950
Length over all: 100′
Beam: 22′
Hull material: Steel
Hull type: Flat

Inspiration: Contemporary Houseboat – Hamburg, Germany

30 Jul
July 30, 2012

Hamburg-based studio Rost Niderehe Architects have designed this 1,184 square foot contemporary houseboat on the Eilbek canal in Hamburg, Germany.

“The original idea has been to design a houseboat that essentially has the character of a boat in combination with the comfort of a traditional family home.

The formal architectural language should be clear and simple. This is reflected both in the floor plans as well as in creation of the individual rooms. Using a single wall that wraps like a spiral from the outside to the inside, the rooms are developed from public use on the outside (kitchen, dining room) to private use on the inside (bedroom, bathroom).

The spaces for public use are located on the upper deck, this being the entrance level; spaces for private use (work, living- and bedrooms) are located on the lower deck.

The chosen materials (mainly steel and wood) are influenced by both areas of provenance of the design – naval architecture as well as normal building construction.

The residents work and live on the houseboat – in the middle of the city of Hamburg, surrounded by the green belt of the Eilbek-canal. When the mooring area has to be changed, it is easy to move the houseboat to its new destination with the help of a tug.

The demand for this form of living is high, which is also shown by the huge amount of positive feedback both from the population of the surrounding area as well as from the city’s urban development agency. Right now official mooring areas for permanent residences on water are missing, but the process has been started: Germany’s first settlement with a new houseboat generation has been completed.”

Houseboat For Sale: Rochester, Kent

23 Jul
July 23, 2012

This post features a houseboat for sale in Rochester, Kent. Houseboats are very much a marmite property, you either love them or hate them.

Golden Sunrise is an exceptional example of a houseboat of contemporary design. It is currently located in a picturesque location on the River Medway, looking towards Rochester castle (the boat was, until recently located at Canary Wharf).

It has two double bedrooms and a bathroom with separate shower on the lower level and a wonderful, light open-plan kitchen on the upper level. The boat is surrounded by a deck which can be used for outside dining, and the roof of the boat has been designed for use as a garden.

The main material used for the wall cladding and open-tread staircase is pale Finnish beech ply, with work surfaces finished in a darker American walnut. The exterior of the boat is similarly clad in Finnish beech ply, painted in marine paint. It was built from scratch (many houseboats are converted from commercial vessels) and designed by Mike O’Shea, an experienced and celebrated boat designer.

The cost of keeping the house in the current boatyard location is approximately £200 per month.

More pictures can be viewed here and it comes with a price tag or £165,000 (boat only) – not sure what else would come with it.

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