Design doesn't have to exist solely on dry land. There are plenty of opportunities that lie right in the water. Houseboats, house barges and floating homes are becoming increasingly popular and come with many unique options for design, both interior and exterior.
Houseboats of one form or another have been around for years in many different parts of the world. In Amsterdam there are houseboat hotels, Hong Kong has its' own floating village, and Lake Union in Seattle is home to a large community of floating homes or float house neighborhoods. There are some differences between the types of homes found on the water and their primary use. Houseboats refer to a boat that has been transformed to be used primarily as a home; a float house is actually a house that is on a float or a raft; and a house barge is a home built on a barge that can be towed.
In Portland there are an abundance of both houseboats and float homes along the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Here are a few of our favorites, and a peek at a houseboat project that we at Donna Dufresne Design were able to be a part of.