In a bid to find affordable housing solutions within the boundaries of expensive cities, people are looking for alternatives to the traditional brick and mortar home. This houseboat is set not far from the center of Prague and is used as a full-time residence by the owner.
The owner needed to be within the bounds of Prague city center, but wanted to avoid the typical expenses associated with a home in the city. Instead, he turned to houseboats, which have been making a name for themselves as a relatively affordable living solution.
The owner bought an old houseboat that was then restored into the modern clean home it is today, with the help of the architecture firm, Mjölk Architekti. The result of their efforts is a contemporary home with a smart layout that allows for flexible use of space.
The interior walls and ceilings are clad with a light wood, and the furniture pieces are a mix of old and new. The main living area serves as a living room, dining room and a kitchen. The entire length of the side wall has been dedicated to storage, and also creates a little window seat.
The kitchen itself is rather generous given the overall size of the home; it takes up the opposite side wall of the home, and again features plenty of storage cabinets. The rear section of the home is dedicated mostly to the bathroom and laundry. A stacked washing machine and dryer and used as a divider between the bathroom and the houseboats entrance.
The houseboat’s bedroom can be found in the loft, a secluded private space accessible by ladders and lit by a large skylight. On the outside, there’s a sheltered deck area that looks out over the quay. It also has a small exterior sink and stove, making perfect for parties and get-togethers.