This Gorgeous DIY Houseboat Is a Vagabond Dream
German photographer and PhD candidate Claudius Schulze built this funky houseboat with plans to sail from Hamburg to Paris. With the help of some friends, recycled materials and six months time, Schulze was able to construct the boat for $9,080/£6,500.
A novice boat builder, Schulze built the space to work as his studio. The large glass windows and the deck (complete with disco ball) keep the studio bright and airy. “Salvaged material was used wherever possible, for example all the outside walls are built from scrap wood from the demolition of an old farm barn and all windows are obviously recycled as is the wood decking,” Schulze told The Daily Mail.
The boat uses photovoltaic power; there are solar panels installed on the roof. Water is filtrated from the water the boat floats in and the toilet is a dry compost toilet.
Built in part to comment on the lack of affordable housing in Hamburg and as part of his State of Nature project that looks at climate change, he decided to sail the boat to Paris after being invited to participate in a photo fair there.
Schulze’s project is even featured in (and on the cover!) of a book on houseboat design called Rock The Boat.