A Family Houseboat by Laust Nørgaard From Copenhagen

This houseboat has been built by boatbuilder Laust Nørgaard, for himself and his family. The houseboat is set in Copenhagen harbour, contains two bedrooms and has a total of 753 square feet (70 square meters) of living space.


Houseboat - Laust Nørgaard - Copenhagen - Exterior Deck - Humble Homes

This isn’t the first time Nørgaard and his wife, Lisbeth Juul, have lived in a houseboat, but they took to living in an apartment while their daughter was growing up. After she left for university, they returned to living on the water.


Houseboat - Laust Nørgaard - Copenhagen - Living Area - Humble Homes

The couple lead active outdoor lifestyles, which the houseboat helps facilitate. If they decide to go swimming, they can simply jump out one of the many large windows. The front end of the house also contains a small sheltered deck that’s open to the water and has a small jetty.


Houseboat - Laust Nørgaard - Copenhagen - Kitchen - Humble Homes

On the inside, the living spaces have been finished in crisp bright white and plywood. Large patio doors and windows surround the living room and kitchen, providing tranquil views of the harbour. The homes main source of heat is set in the corner of the living room – a wood-burning stove.

Houseboat - Laust Nørgaard - Copenhagen - Bathroom - Humble Homes

The kitchen is a simple set up and makes use of a free-standing island to accommodate plenty of storage and work surfaces. Throughout the house you’ll find floor-to-ceiling doors, which have the effect of making rooms seem much taller when entering them.

Houseboat - Laust Nørgaard - Copenhagen - Bedroom - Humble Homes

The bedroom features views out over the harbour and includes a patio door, providing direct access to the water. Wood slate shutters are used for privacy and controlling light levels. Throughout the home they’ve made use of built-in storage and shelving that’s set into the depth of the walls, minimizing interruption of the living spaces.

Houseboats have become increasingly popular in the last few years, particularly in high density cities where the cost of land and housing can far outstrip the cost of living in a harbour.

For more houseboats check out this modular structure that can be expanded up to 18-meters. Or, X-Boat, a series of tiny houseboats set on the River Kwai in Thailand. See all houseboats.

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Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.