Eight funky floating homes around the world
Earlier this year, Airbnb celebrated the legalisation of Airbnb in London the only way they knew how - by floating an adorable quintessential sky blue house up and down the city's main waterway, the River Thames.
This got us thinking … with rivers, lakes, and oceans taking up a major slice of Earth's surface, it was only a matter of time before structures typically reserved for land began to tiptoe their way to the water.
So if you've ever dreamt of living "by" the water, why not step your imagination up a notch and picture living "on" the water instead.
We've rounded up eight dreamy floating homes to help get your juices flowing.
1. Airbnb floating house
Let's begin with the source of inspiration. The houseboat Airbnb described as "Primrose Hill meets Pixar" was designed by architects and twin brothers Nick and Steve Tidball. It featured two bedrooms, one bathroom, a dog kennel, a book collection and a private garden.
Various rotating guests were given the chance to win an invitation to stay on board the floating house during their five-day, five-night stint. Some of the house rules included "no swimming in the Thames" and "no acts of piracy".
Photos from Airbnb.
2. The Exbury Egg floating home
This giant floating egg on the Beaulieu River could well have been Hampshire's quirkiest living space. It acted as the home and workspace of artist Stephen Turner for an entire year.
The self-sustaining structure, which was legally registered as a boat, held the capabilities of floating up and down with the tide. Stephen had hoped to shine a spotlight on climate change during his hiatus.
Photos from www.exburyegg.me.
3. Sleepless in Seattle real houseboat
The real houseboat from the classic Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan rom-com Sleepless in Seattle went on to produce one of Seattle's greatest tourist attractions when Tom Hanks' character was scripted to live in this gorgeous, Lake Union houseboat.
Though fans of the film may only recognise the exterior (the only part of the house shown in the movie), its interior is stunningly beautiful, making use of timber beams, wood flooring, and large bay windows.
Photos from smallhouseswoon.com.
4. Lakehouse rental
This floating lakehouse holds breathtaking views of Lake Fontana's highest and most remote mountains. The proud owners allow guests to enjoy a staycation inside their unique home upon request.
Visitors are offered a shuttle between the pickup spot on land, to the floating lakehouse. Two kayaks are also available during the stay.
Photos from vrbo.com.
5. Acton Island boathouse
Altius Architecture Inc completed a boathouse residence for a client in Lake Muskoka, Ontario.
The project consists of a two-storey boathouse with two boat slips and docks on a lower level and, on the upper level, two bedrooms, a full bathroom, a kitchen and a living area with a sun deck.
Photos from Altius Architecture Inc.
6. Floating lake cabin
What do you do when you need to build a house in the middle of Lake Huron, where building on location is prohibitively expensive?
You construct a floating house and make it so you can tug it to its new home. This beautiful, one-bedroom lake cabin, designed by MOS, rests on a platform of steel pontoons that allows the house to ride with the fluctuations of the lake.
Photos from mos-office.net.
Are you ready to check in at the fl-otel? Serbia-based Salt & Water design studio has created a fleet of floating catamaran apartments to promote tourism on landlocked bodies of water.
In their award-winning designs, Salt & Water crafted a hotel consisting of a floating central unit, which then connects to 12 pods via a network of docks. Each catamaran includes a living room, small galley, bathroom, lofted bedroom and storage space.
Photos from Salt & Water.
8. Freedom Cove (a self-sufficient floating oasis)
When one floating house just won't do, look to Freedom Cove for the answer.
This self-sufficient floating oasis took a couple 20 years to build. For power, an array of 14 solar panels was used until they broke, so the couple then had to switch to a generator.
Water is gathered from a nearby waterfall during the summer and is collected from the sky during the winter. The couple also fish for food and grow their own vegetables in their half-acre garden.
Photos from treehugger.com.