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5 Nautical Abodes

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A handful of homes who modernize their lake- or seaside locations with horizontal slats, lots of wood, and vernacular references.
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  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.

    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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  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.  Photo by: Rene Mesman

    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.

    Photo by: Rene Mesman

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  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.  Photo by: Rene MesmanCourtesy of: Rene Mesman

    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.

    Photo by: Rene Mesman

    Courtesy of: 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.

    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.

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

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

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  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.  Photo by: Simon DevittCourtesy of: © 2011 Simon Devitt

    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.

    Photo by: Simon Devitt

    Courtesy of: © 2011 Simon Devitt

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  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.  Photo by: Matthew Monteith

    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.

    Photo by: Matthew Monteith

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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 most nautically-inspired pleasures. Photo by Matthew Monteith.  Photo by: Matthew Monteith

    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.

    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. Photo by Matthew Monteith.  Photo by: Matthew Monteith

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

    Photo by: Matthew Monteith

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