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4 of the Best Places to Live on a Houseboat

Houseboats April 25, 2017

Houseboat living has become more popular than ever. People from all walks of life are choosing to sell everything, quit their careers and live a more free style type of life. The houseboat living idea is a romantic fantasy, but there are challenges you must overcome. Heating is one of those challenges depending upon where you choose to live. Food can also be a challenge. Where do you dock? Where is the nearest grocery store and home store? What if you begin to have mechanical problems? Just how much do you know about fixing a boat? And most importantly, are you in a location where these necessities are close by and available.

Here are a few of the best places to live on a houseboat where you can locate all of your needs more easily:

1.Stoney Lake – Ontario, Canada

Stoney Lake is located in Peterborough County, just a couple hours from Toronto. If you are a nature lover and you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Stoney Lake is the place for you. Their houseboat community is thriving and you will be surrounded by houseboat veterans who can help you out when needed. And yes, the most important part, is the glorious scenery you will be privy to daily.

2. Lake Austin – Austin, Texas

Besides a thriving music and arts community, Austin Texas has Lake Austin, which is a great community of houseboats; families living on the water. There is quite the variety here of those who live on the water. Some houseboats are docked while other homes are moored into the water. The main difference is, instead of a lawn to tend to, you are surrounded by the beautiful aquatic scenery of Lake Austin.

3. Scarborough Bluffs – Ontario, Canada

Scarborough Bluffs houseboat community is located in a breathtakingly beautiful area of Ontario. The floating neighborhoods are a hidden jewel of the Toronto area. This community thrives just as one that is on the land, combined with the beautiful scenery every day. This floating community has access to electricity, air-conditioning, and WiFi, all of life’s modern conveniences.

4. The Great Lakes, Michigan

Michigan is one of America’s most beautiful states, and one of our pics for places for houseboat living. They call them snowbirds, people that live in certain areas of the country during certain seasons. The snowbirds in the Michigan area run to the Lake Huron vicinity for beautiful scenery and the summertime floating homes. Most houseboats in this area are modern and come complete with all the luxuries of living on land. Some live here year-round, while others use this area as a summertime paradise.

Photo: treehugger Source: Escape Here

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What Does it Cost to Live On a Houseboat Year-Round

Houseboats April 25, 2017

The idea of living on a houseboat year-round sounds like being on a permanent vacation, but if you’ve never done it, there will be things that will come up that can be quite costly. But is it necessarily expensive to live year-round on a houseboat. Let’s explore what it takes to live this dream and approximately how much it costs.

You must take into consideration whether or not you want to remain docked in one place or if you are the type that will want to move regularly and take your home with you. This decision will determine some of your costs; docking fees, being one of them. Your upfront costs are determined by your decision to pay full price for your houseboat or apply for a monthly mortgage. There are ups and downs to both choices; with the first you need a lot of cash in the beginning of building your dream,  and for the latter, you will need to make sure that you can make enough money each month to cover mortgage and other expenses.

Research shows that you can buy a pre-owned Catalina, 40 ft. houseboat for about $150,000 depending upon the condition of the houseboat. A mortgage depending upon credit ratings, would be anywhere from $800-$1000 a month. Most people who make this decision are freelancers, consultants, sales people, artists, those who cannot guarantee exactly what their monthly income could be, so you must be comfortable with the amount of your monthly income. Also, other expenses, repairs, food, heat, all must be taken into consideration.

Marina fees can cost up to $1000 and more, plus the “live on board” fees, which can cost up to $250 or more each month. Overall, you are looking at a cost of $2500-$3000 per month to live year-round on a houseboat. For some who come from big cities where it costs easily $3000-$4000 a month with rent, utilities, and other expenses to live, this may be a bargain, so boat life is worth it for those who are used to those prices. For those already living in rural or in country areas, this may be an expensive choice. But it doesn’t mean that the choice cannot be made. For many, the serene atmosphere and beautiful scenery, are worth the extra costs.

Photo: damngeeky via Pinterest. Source: What it Costs to Live on a Houseboat Year-Round. And a few more for ideas:

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Houseboat Living: Flexibility and Style

Houseboats March 2, 2017

Conventional living – with a home and yard – is being eclipsed by many different kinds of alternative lifestyles. The Tiny House Movement is very popular, as are prefabs, modular homes, and steel homes. But there is nothing more mobile and flexible, nothing more versatile than the houseboat. Living on the water is both relaxing and low maintenance, and nowadays builders are constructing greener and more environmentally friendly houseboats. Sustainable living is not only good for the environment, it is also being responsible, and part of the climate change solution.

Families love the houseboat lifestyle. There are so many fun activities that come along with living on the water. Kids love the easy access to  water sports, and adults can enjoy sitting on the deck with cool sea breezes, drinks, and taking in the sunset. There is no lawn maintenance, or other outdoor jobs to be tended to. Houseboats have all the comforts and amenities of conventional living and none of the upkeep. And beautiful views are almost guaranteed. It is like you not only own your home but also the mountains surrounding it.

Image: Lucerne Valley Marina

The most wonderful part of houseboat living is your home’s mobility. You can “park” it anywhere. Have new neighbors whenever the mood strikes you. Dock somewhere where the fishing is good. And houseboats are much more like a home, but with the advantages of a boat. They can be very spacious, have many rooms, and lots of space for entertainment and having friends and family over. The versatility of houseboat is unrivaled. Your choices are endless. Whether you decide on getting an existing houseboat, buying a prefabricated one, or having one custom built, you can’t go wrong investing in a houseboat. You can trust that life will forever be transforming.

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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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Amazing Houseboats That You Will Really Love

Houseboats January 11, 2016

Amazing Houseboats That You Will Really Love

Living in a houseboat is a courageous idea because there are things you must consider living on water instead of land. But most houseboat dwellers agree that today there is so much information and help on the internet that houseboat living has become more popular than ever. People from every walk of life; retired teachers to artists and authors are taking the plunge into houseboat living.

“Instead of embody permanence, solidity and longevity, perception must emphasize change, adaptation.”  – Danai Thaitakoo

Floating houses can produce their own water, recycle their effluents and waste, and offer a green roof where it is possible to cultivate different options.

While many places in the world use these types of houses, forming floating neighborhoods, and their existence goes back in time, this proposal can be sustainable and tempting for souls seeking innovative ways of life. And not only that, but it is adaptable to various places and it is even possible to find on the web various forms of building them, which promise to be accessible to modern man.

The world’s largest houseboat community is home to the center of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, which is immune to variations in sea level and is considered to be the home of the future for many architects. IJburg, designed by the Marlies Rohmer studio, has small bridges between houses and paved streets.

Most of the projects base their forms on the use of solar panels that include a system of energy utilization of tides that supply all the needs of the house, both day and night.

Within the ecological characteristics they have a water desalination system, transforming it into drinking water for the use of the inhabitants, recycling system and filtration of the water discharged from the toilets.

Another option is that it promotes an alternative way of living with the land and its resources, developed from creative ideas that arise ceaselessly as viable paths to climate change, as well as to the ways of life of man today.

Find more from Econautico, and other houseboat builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more houseboats,click here.

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