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January 9, 2014
A handful of homes who modernize their lake- or seaside locations with horizontal slats, lots of wood, and vernacular references.
Modern boathouse with giant steel arches

The Houdini-like designers behind this Ontario boathouse employed giant steel arches to make the structure disappear from view and in its place create the illusion of a gentle slope of land leading out to the lake.

Originally appeared in About a Boat
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Modern kitchen with elm cabinets

When a couple in Amsterdam decided to upgrade their residence from a small houseboat to a larger one, they sought a design that would elevate the kitchen—literally. Set on the top floor and opening onto a large terrace, the airy room is the hub of the house(boat). Local carpenter Crisow von Schulz constructed the cabinets from a single elm tree. Photo by Rene Mesman.

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Originally appeared in At the Elm
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The couple plan to add a kitchen garden to the platform just below the terrace that connects to the kitchen.

The kitchen occupies just over a quarter of the top floor of the houseboat, which has two stories totalling 2,150 square feet and enjoys a surprising level of stability, thanks partly to its heavy concrete hull. Photo by Rene Mesman.

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Weathered cedar slats mark the facade of Floating House, Doug and Becca Worple's lake house in Ontario. On the edge of a tiny island accessible only by boat, this buoyant summer home lives the life aquatic. Photo by Raimund Koch.

Originally appeared in 10 Modern Gables
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The view from inside the Floating House's boat dock.

The view from inside the Floating House's boat dock. Photo by Raimund Koch.

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Originally appeared in Floating House, Lake Huron
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Affordable house renovation in new zealand

The exterior of New Zealand architect Davor Popadich's own residence is modeled after boat storage sheds, while the interior is outfitted with industrial concrete and ply. Photo by Simon Devitt.

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Originally appeared in Rock the Boat
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Glimpsed from the outside, it becomes clear how an internal corridor flows through both structures at an uncommon angle.

On Canada's Magdelen Islands, local lore holds that fishermen painted thir houses the same colors as their boats, and used their homes as reference points when sailing. Though navigation techniques are markedly more sophisticated today, the lively paint jobs have hardly run aground in this modern vernacular seaside retreat. Photo by Matthew Monteith.

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Originally appeared in Blue in the Facade
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The view from the master bedroom down the long cedar corridor into the living room is one of the home’s real pleasures.

The view from the master bedroom down the long cedar corridor into the living room is one of the home’s most nautically-inspired pleasures. Photo by Matthew Monteith.

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The porthole window in the master bedroom not only evokes the sea, it looks out onto it.

The porthole window in the master bedroom not only evokes the sea, it looks out onto it. Photo by Matthew Monteith.

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Modern boathouse with giant steel arches

The Houdini-like designers behind this Ontario boathouse employed giant steel arches to make the structure disappear from view and in its place create the illusion of a gentle slope of land leading out to the lake.

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