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A Modular Concept that Combines Inexpensive Small Homes with Water Living

Houseboats November 2, 2016

Here is a home where you could have your cake and eat it too! That is, have all your at home comforts without having to stay in one spot! The Tubiq is a unique modular concept that would make living on the water comfortable and fun. Whether you would be a full time or part time resident, this home would give you the freedom to navigate open waters. You could travel and never have to wonder if you forgot something at home since you brought your house with you.

Inside would be a chic modern design that allows for plenty of ocean views. No cramped quarters or bunk beds in this water home! The Tubiq is built to withstand the elements so your interior does not need to be specialized for water living. With the option of a one or two story home, there would be plenty of room for guests or family.

The decks are perfect for sun tanning, fishing, and any other outdoor enjoyment. Since this modular concept is made up interchangeable modules, a customer can customize the number of rooms or size of their own Tubiq. The customer is also given the freedom to upgrade their Tubiq with electric engines and solar panels. The filtration system for water in this home is of the finest quality. With upgrades, the Tubiq would be totally self supporting and allow its inhabitants to enjoy any body of water!

Overall this option of living or vacationing is great! Especially for those of us who would like to enjoy our regular morning coffee, favorite throw blanket, or “fur-family” cuddles all while on the road, or in this case, the water!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more of Tubiq and Marcello Ligabue and Daniele Gibertoni’s work, find them in our house builders directory.

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Houseboats Kitted Out with Smart Technology for Land or Water

Houseboats October 24, 2016

Houseboats Kitted Out with Smart Technology for Land or Water

Who needs a waterfront property when you can have a house on the water! Bluefield Houseboats has created the perfect abode for those of us who don’t always want to be anchored down. Updated technology and a chic design have resulted in a houseboat free of interior columns and tight spaces.  This space is open, filled with natural light, and not to mention complimented by the views surrounding it!

Bluefield offers houseboats ranging in sizes from 500 sqft to 2,000 sqft, so you don’t have to go tiny if you don’t want to. You can even get a second story out of your houseboat! Apart from the style and luxury of living on the water these houseboats also are built specifically to accommodate the few who may change their mind. If the day comes that a houseboat no longer suits your situation or desires, you can place it on land! This is because the company builds to a classification that meets land or water.

Whether you choose land or water, your Bluefield home will be equipped with SMART technology.  This controls the amount of energy you use, and you can monitor it yourself with your smartphone!

This home is perfect for individuals or couples with the “travel bug” or “sea legs”. Depending on the area you live in, this housing option may even be more affordable than a traditional home. When you are done exploring, or if you find yourself in need of a yard without a current, you have the option of placing this home on land. The Bluefield houseboat combines style, comfort, affordability, and practicality in one living space. That makes this not only a great home but also a great investment!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information on Bluefield Houseboats find them in our houseboats directory.

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Re-Purposed Oil Tank Houseboat … From the 1930’s

Houseboats September 28, 2016

Oil Tank Houseboat

We’ve been writing about prefab and shipping container homes here quite a bit lately, and that’s included some interesting options like house boats. Well, repurposing industrial containers for homes — even houseboats — is not new, apparently, although it is probably more popular today than ever before.

This photo is of an old oil tank which was converted into a houseboat. It’s from 1939 and popular science. We’ve updated the photo ourselves with our art team (of one).

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For more info on shipping container homes, find it in our directory.

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Floating Home That Can Be Shipped Easily – It Fits Inside Shipping Containers

Houseboats September 27, 2016

Floating Home

Floating homes provide a limitless natural relaxing atmosphere. Living in a houseboat is an exciting adventure too. You can even travel to different places without spending a lot of money. Also, you don’t have to bring bulky suitcases when you travel to beautiful and wonderful spots.

This particular floating abode is designed by Friday. They work with a passion to bring a wide range of dwellings associated with leisure. Residents can truly have unique living experiences in these houseboats. Couples can enjoy a romantic getaway because the size and layout of this house boat is suitable for two individuals. A small family can also maximize the space provided. And if a group of friends are ready for an exciting get-together, they can also use this floating home as a recreational space.

It is 6 meters wide and 10-18 meters long. It can be made into a standard house which has 3 bedrooms. Its conveniences consist of a complete kitchen for daily food prep and cooking. There is a good heating system and an AC generator. For barbecue lovers, they can use the upper veranda when the sun is up.

And for added adventure on holidays, residents can use the outboard motors and have short trips in various places. It is a perfect home that can be used for numerous recreational activities like paddling, water skiing, seafaring and other sailing explorations.

Another wonderful feature of this floating home is its modular design. It can be conveniently stored and shipped to almost any places in the world. And because it is created with ecological concern, its stimulated sludge wastewater management plant is perfectly designed by Friday.

For more of Friday’s work, find them in our shipping container homes directory.

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Prefab House on Water

Houseboats May 5, 2016

Prefab home buyers or shoppers don’t all already have a plot of land where they can put their prefab house. What about the water? There are different rules for what you can anchor down off the coast depending on region and what you want to put there. For example, in Canada we can put down a permanent mooring in most places around our coasts and tie our boat there.

What about putting a prefab house (pretty much a house boat but the prefab home builders who design these don’t think about them as being house boats) on a permanent mooring?

This prefab house design (pictured above) was built by a Paris company, H2orizon, and was designed by Dymitr Malcew. They consider it to be “a floating house.”

The basic construction is of wood and glass. The ceiling and floor are very similar, and all placed upon a buoyant platform. Special considerations are made in the prefab house design because the floating home is expected to move with the water, unevenly. Part of this is solved by the glass curtain walls.

As you can see from the photographs, using this prefab house design would mean you would have a lot of light flooding the interior of the building, and, unless you were near a mountain, it would be all day long (rather than getting a certain amount of shade from nearby trees as is the case on land). On the other hand, though, you could move this modular house from place to place, towed by another boat or shipped overland on trucks or trains, as is the case with most prefabricated homes.

To see more from Dymitr Malcew, find him in our Prefab Home Designers Directory.

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