FSBO/House Tour: Mia's Floating Oasis

(We're re-posting this today because Mia's preparing to start a land-based life. She's looking for a serious buyer for her lovely floating cottage, and so has reduced the price substantially. We're actually surprised it hasn't sold -- where else in the Bay Area could you find such a great home for this price?)

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Name: Mia
Location: Redwood City, California
Size: 36 feet (700 sq. ft.?)
Years lived in: 5
Price: $125,000 $85,000 (with possible owner financing)

Eight or nine years ago Mia bought a World War II transport vessel, gutted it, and spent two years making it into a floating oasis. There's cunningly placed storage everywhere, and lots of mirrors for reflecting light (there's even one that can cover the porthole in the door -- it's one of the things we remember from when the boat was on one of the first Small Space Big Style episodes a few years ago).

A designer, Mia's now selling her tranquil home and starting a life on land with her beau. We've visited several times, and can attest to the floating cottage's ability to make you instantly feel calm and at home. Email Mia at: designmpf (at) yahoo (dot) com.

My style: Whimsical, eclectic

The inspiration for my home: Pirate ship/zen bedroom

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Favorite element: Being in the water!

Biggest challenge in designing my home: Small space

What friends say about my home: Wow! Tranquil and fun

Biggest embarrassment in my home: None

Proudest DIY: Everything. Painted floors, overall design, space management

Biggest indulgence with respect to my home: Bathroom mosaic tile

Best advice given or received: Small spaces are great

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Resources:

Mia's one of those people who can find treasures at flea markets, salvage yards, thrift stores, and even places like TJMaxx.

Hardware:
Antique hardware on an old daybed and antique cabinets

Furniture:
All built-in since it is a small space, and a moving boat!

Paint:
All white in bedroom for a clean, crisp feel
Yellow in main room goes with "old world" decor

Flooring:
Handpainted hardwood floors
Checkerboard is classic and whimsical

Tiles and Stone:
Pale green Italian tumbled mosaic marble tiles in the bathroom reminds me of sea glass (it's from a store that's since closed)

Window Treatments:
Woven grass in bedroom

Beds:
Built-in queen with storage

Thanks, Mia!

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(Edited from a post originally published 09.20.07)

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