Karen Jenkins Tiny Floating Home

Inspiration for Boathouse Comes from Tiny House Movement
by Karen Jenkins

I’d like to tell you that my family and I are fully immersed in the tiny house movement… that we sold our four-bedroom home in the suburbs and have downsized to keep only the necessities to live in a tiny house full-time. But, alas, that is not the case. And so as not to mislead all of you incredibly brave early-adopters of this fascinating movement, I thought I’d be upfront about that right off the bat.

refurbished boat house

What we have done, however, is to purchase what would be considered a tiny-home that was in major disrepair, and we then relied heavily on the stories, photos and advice from the Tiny-Home Blog for our inspiration. And for that, I thank you. I don’t think anyone (especially my husband) would have thought we could turn a floating 10×22 boathouse into a place that our family of five could actually live comfortably, but with your help we did. I thought I’d share some of our journey. Continue reading

My Boat Roofed Shed

The shed roof is made from a clinker built boat that is 14ft long and 7ft wide at its widest point. The boat is an inshore fishing boat made between 1900 – 1910. It was placed on a frame of 4 telegraph poles with cross beams. Once in place the walls were filled in using aluminium windows from a 1940’s caravan and single glazed windows from our 400 year old farm house.

boat house

The windows are from the early 1980’s and we replaced them last year. Other walls are made of wattle and daub, a mixture of mud, clay, and straw stuck onto a woven frame. It is heated by a French enamelled stove also from the 1900’s in which I burn wood. There is also a 20w solar panel trickle feeding a leisure batter which powers 3 pairs of ultra-brite L.E.D. Lights and a 12v sound system. There is also a 12v refrigerator and a bottled gas cooker with 2 burners, a grill, and an oven. The shed is made from recycled materials except the 12v system. Continue reading

Tiny House in a Landscape

This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape is a photo taken on Fiord Island in New Zealand. Known for evocative names like Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Manapori, these are wild regions where snow-capped peaks plunge deep into fiords that mirror perfectly in the clear blue water.

This little boathouse/home is set on a tiny island next to vast fiords. The tranquility is only disturbed by waterfalls raging over rocks and exotic birds calling in the dense rain forests. You can learn more about this area by visiting Fiordland.