Patricia & Daniel's Master Crafted Sausalito Houseboat

Patricia & Daniel's Master Crafted Sausalito Houseboat

Bess Friday
Aug 22, 2012


Name: Patricia & Daniel
Location: Sausalito, California
Size: 3,500 square feet
Years lived in: 5 1/2 years; owned

There are certainly many originals in the eclectic Sausalito Houseboat community, but Patricia and Daniel's home is truly one-of-a-kind. Built in the 1970s by Japanese architect Kiddo and his team of craftsmen, the entirety of this floating masterpiece was done in the traditional Japanese method of Joinery, using no nails in the process.

"The Wildflower," as the boat was named by Kiddo, was built to be his personal residence, and ended up being his final labor of love. In its current incarnation Patricia and Daniel have honored Kiddo's vision by combining elements from the original 70s construction, such as custom tatami mats and traditional sliding paper walls, with thoughtful updates. The rooms themselves and their access to the outdoor elements are purposeful, with each room letting in as much natural light and views of the water as possible.

The Wildflower was recently redecorated in part by the couple's twin sons, both furniture designers. Through their own craftsmanship they have extended the legacy of this houseboat, described by the couple's friends as a magical waterfront oasis.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Rustic with contemporary twist.

Inspiration: Preserving the historical in a modern time.

Favorite Element: The traditional Japanese master bedroom.

Biggest Challenge: Learning the lunar tides. I now appreciate two high tides and two low tides daily.

Biggest Indulgence: The outdoor cafe in the midst of an ever-changing ecosystem.

Best Advice: Come experience the floating home community first hand.

Thanks, Patricia & Daniel!

(Images: Bess Friday )

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