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Step inside this charming houseboat with inviting interiors on Lake Union

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Design TM in collaboration with Deering Design Studio is responsible for the design of this charming houseboat of 1,340 square feet, set along the docks of Lake Union in Seattle, Washington. Seattle has been a haven for houseboats for over a hundred years. This area on Lake Union once sported rows and rows of small dwellings for the local workers, and this float had one of the last remaining wooden Quonset huts. As charming as it was to look at, it lacked space, privacy, and decent ceiling height. 

The homeowners are a theatrical set director and a musician who after living there for a few years, began plans to build a dream home that could give them modern convenience, storage, and a feeling of spaciousness. The challenge of a small footprint meant that spaces needed to do double duty, such as an open office/studio that turns into a private guest room for visitors, and the bathroom that includes the laundry.

Project Team: Architectural Detailer: Tom Miller, Design TM | Interior Design: Deering Design Studio | Building Design: Greggs Building Design | Construction: Franzen Renovations

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Large windows bring in the northern light and the dancing reflections off the water. The water is the main event here, and the surrounding lake often invites them to visit neighbors and generally explore it in kayaks or in their vintage motorboat.

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What We Love: This charming houseboat offers its inhabitants and an efficient and functional floor plan layout. The interior aesthetics are warm and inviting while offering idyllic lakeside living. How wonderful would it be to finish a day of work and relax in this lakefront abode that feels like a retreat? We love it!

Tell Us: What do you think of this design of this home? Could you live on a houseboat? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments, we love reading your feedback!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other unique home tours of houseboats that we have featured here on One Kindesign: Charming Pirate’s Life houseboat docked on the Charleston harbor and Contemporary floating house in San Francisco.

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Photos: Laurie Black Photography

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Feriba Grimes

I can so see myself living in this houseboat ,It doesn’t look that big from the outside but wow at the room inside and so tastefully done.

Karen

Love the colors, clean look, storage space, the warm but modern look and the funky angled pull out cabinets in the kitchen. Not sure if I like the hearting unit in the kitchen. But overall I would live in it.