Small Space Living, Houseboat Style

Small Space Living, Houseboat Style

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Susie Nadler
Oct 27, 2009

Calling all Portlanders! If you need a change of scenery and don't mind a serious shrinkage of your living space, this houseboat docked in the seaside town of Scapoose, Oregon, might be just the thing. The owners' conversion of a river barge into a tiny getaway looks like a labor of love, but having finished most of the work, they're now selling the boat on ebay...

Officially, it's a "cruising houseboat," which means that with a new, more powerful motor, you might even be able to take this baby for a ride on the water. The current owners have kept it docked during an extensive renovation, which seems to have involved replacing or updating almost everything on the boat.

Some details remain unfinished—certain appliances and parts are included with the sale, but not yet installed—but major renovations, aside from the motor, wouldn't be needed, unless of course you don't go in for the bold interior color scheme. We think it's kind of cute.

We also like the little tricks the owners have employed to make full use of the interior space, which is only 19 feet long and 8 feet wide. A folding table "swallows up" a set of three chairs, and the whole thing can be rolled to the side to make way for a fold-out sofa. Curtains have been hung instead of doors to increase ventilation and air flow.

Click over to the full listing on ebay to read about the renovation and see more photos of the boat. Bidding starts at $21,900, and ends this Saturday at 6pm Pacific time.

If you like houseboats, here are a few more Apartment Therapy posts to inspire you:

Look! Garden Ballroom on a Houseboat Roof
Survey: Would You Live on a Houseboat?
Kingfisher: Houseboat on the Nile
Roughing It: Houseboat Style

(Images: ebay)

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