Harbor Cottage Houseboats of Somerset, Kentucky has designed a “Tiny Boat” — a small but luxurious houseboat that could be just the thing you’re looking for.
The main floor has 400 square feet of living space (an additional loft space is a custom option). That’s enough space for a living room/kitchen area, bedroom, and full bathroom. The “basement” has another 364 square feet.
All the modern amenities you’d expect in a house are there: refrigerator, dishwasher, washer, dryer, oven, and microwave. There are an onboard HVAC and hot water system.
There are covered porches fore and aft while up on the roof, there’s deck complete with a hot tub. If you’d prefer a splash in the lake, just launch yourself down the slide or off the diving board.
To power everything, you will, however, need to run a 100 amp cable ashore, but we are told an optional “off-grid” power system is in the works. The company’s houseboats are available with or without a propulsion system, so you can DIY if you like or opt out completely.
Jimmy Hamilton, a co-owner of the company explains, “It packs in a lot of full-sized amenities because I think a lot of people look at tinies and they think they’re really neat and novel and kind of cute, but I think 90 percent of people wouldn’t try and live in one. What I’m trying to do is make a tiny that is also something that people actually want to live in.”
The tiny home phenomenon has been getting hotter and hotter in recent years. If you want to live simply, but comfortably, there are all sorts of options whether in the realm of “tiny” (under 500 square feet) or “small” (up to 1,000 square feet).
Prices start at around $10K for the very basic model, but a well-decked out houseboat like you see here with all the bells and whistles (some you easily do witout to save money) costs up to $100K. There’s also some wiggle-room on the pricing depending on your location and for ardent DIYers who don’t mind some investing sweat equity.
If well designed, one of these miniature abodes can be surprisingly cozy and comfortable. If you prefer not to stay in one place, a little houseboat could be the way to go, instead.
Check out the video and let us know what you think about this houseboat in the discussion area. Would you consider living in a houseboat like this?