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    Over four years, Todd Biernacki and his wife Krissy renovated their small houseboat on Seattle's Lake Union to make room for their growing family. While the family saved money by using salvaged and recycled materials and doing the majority of the work themselves, they also splurged on items such as huge windows and skylights, which in turn would help save money down the road by cutting down on electricity use, thanks to the natural sunlight they'd provide. Overall, the addition cost them $250,000.
    The extra weight from the addition required more floatation devices for the houseboat, which had been originally built on a "raft" of old-growth cedar logs 100 years ago. The solution came with 80 new 55-gallon plastic barrels, recycled from a local soda-bottling plant. The family used recycled and salvaged materials throughout the home, including recycled wood floors. They saved space throughout the renovation by using multiple built-in cabinets and drawer systems. Undoubtedly, one of the coolest parts of the addition is the inch-thick, two-foot-square Plexiglas window in the floor, where the whole family can check out fish as they swim through the boat's raft timbers.












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    That is really cute!
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    There are tons of houseboats on Union lake, beautiful, I like this one
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    can you actually drive the house anywhere?
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    I really like this.
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    That's really cool, but houseboats aren't that stable, are they? I mean is it equivilent to bulding a house on sand so to speak?

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    Love it. I would definately live there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    can you actually drive the house anywhere?
    It depends. Some are just a houses floating on water while others have a motor.

    Quote Originally Posted by AllieCat View Post
    That's really cool, but houseboats aren't that stable, are they? I mean is it equivilent to bulding a house on sand so to speak?
    I would not want one as my primary residence. We used to own a little houseboat we went to on weekends to ski and fish. Until Katrina struck. Now our poor little Molly Sue is all gone gone.

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    That would be a great vacation place. On a lighter note, that little boy in the picture is adorable!
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    I think it has great character...I love the glass bottom window!

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    The stove in that kitchen is seriously wonderful. I'm no chef, but that's way cool.

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    I like it too - clever use of mirrors to increase the feeling of space. The glass floorpanel is great! Not sure how 'moveable' it would be but then a lot of trailer homes never move an inch either.

    My only concern would be small kids + water.
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