Houseboat living doesn't have to be cramped (or damp, for that matter). At least, that's how Pipkorn & Kilpatrick Interior Architecture treated the creation of a floating, 1,700-square-foot, two-story home on Australia's Lake Eildon.
Designing the houseboat was unlike other projects because of the, well, lack of solid foundation. "We had to choose lightweight and durable materials, and we had to consider the distribution of weight," Cate Kilpatrick of Pipkorn & Kilpatrick Interior Architecture said. The firm used lining board for the walls and ceiling to avoid cracking plaster. In order to distribute weight properly, the designers balanced the weight of the kitchen with a heavy sofa.
Although the firm did research other houseboats, they took the project on with a fresh perspective. The determination led to a home that feels like a refreshingly modern take on houseboat design, with plenty of natural light, generous-sized furnishings and leeway for the family to comfortably move.