A Houseboat with Style by NRJA

Designed by NRJA, this minimalist-cum-vernacular floating home has been designed for the Latvian climate.


The architects drew inspiration from the traditional local fishing shanty’s, and incorporated several of their features into the modern day rendition. A simple structure with an A-frame roof, the house is mostly enclosed from the exterior along its side walls, but opens up the surroundings on the gable-end.


The floor-to-ceiling windows help to draw natural light deep into the interior. The home also contains a few strategically placed windows along the side wall, namely the kitchen/dining area, bathroom and rear study. This reduces the occupants need for artificial lighting during the day, and helps to maintain a well insulated building envelope.


With an exterior deck, living area, separate dining area, kitchen, bathroom, study, storage compartments and a sleeping loft, this small house packs a punch when it comes to acting as a fully functional home.


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.

  1. My stepdaughter is 25 and can not afford to rent a decent place on a disability allowance. But she still needs privacy and independence. One of your small portable houses would be the perfect solution. We could buy it and rent it cheap enough for her to afford and she could put it where she wanted… What do you think?

  2. what is the cost of this?? I live in T….would it be possible to ship the house material to TX, and what would the overall cost be?