Prefabricated Floating Home Reinvents Houseboat Design

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More like a floating home than a houseboat, this building exists at “the intersection of a vernacular house typology with the shifting site-specific conditions of this unique place.” In short: it is not the go-anywhere houseboat that fits in nowhere, but the location-tethered home on the water that belongs to its environment – the construction of which was done in a most unusual way.

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Prefabrication was the key to bringing this house to its remote site on the water. The finished project was actually floated across from the workshop of the contractor further down the lake, saving on transport time and cost.

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Most people think of prefab construction as being off-site pieces assembled on site – floating a whole house was quite a task but saved time, energy and money in the long run. It is a rare building that can be more cheaply built to float than to sit on land.

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