Holy (Flipping!) Island Homes: 5 Upside-Down Boat Houses


So obvious yet so ingenious: flip a local wooden fishing boat in a remote place like Holy Island and you have the perfect little hut, built to withstand the weather, heavy enough not to require as firm a foundation as a tent or yurt … and ?if you need to make it water-worthy again, well, it can be patched up taken out the next season by its resident fisherman.

The stern of these converted structures becomes the broad entry face, set with a door – the only necessary exterior modification. Then interior then tapers in all directions, narrowing toward the bow but also port and aft on either side. They may be small and cozy, but designed to weather storms on the water they can surely take a few on land as well.

Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island, lies off the northwest coast of Great Britain and is home to but a handful of permanent residents. During low tide, you can actually walk right out to the island, though invariably a few people fail to follow the warnings and get into deep trouble as the tides rise each day. Fortunately, they leave way-finding posts and emergency mini-shelters along the path for such foolish misadventures. (Images via Ghisan, Guthlac, Kevin Wakelam & Fiona McPhie)

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