Geodesic Houseboat Floating Waterfront Getaway

by Kent Griswold on April 18th, 2014. 6 Comments

by Michael Richard Weekes


Michael R Weekes wanted to design and build a houseboat / shanty boat in weeks, not months, that cost less than $2,000 and could be made by one person without special tools, space / work center, or equipment.


R. Buckminster Fuller, Bigelow Brook Farms, CT


Fasten the required number of ultra-rugged yet light storage containers to a 10×16 2×4 deck to achieve a 5,000 pound buoyant capability, where containers act like a poor man’s inexpensive floating dock solution.

Use 2x2s fastened together with 8″ 3/4 plywood hubs to achieve a three frequency geodesic elongated dome (split the dome in half and add 6′ stringers to achieve a cocoon type shape) which weighs less than 200 pounds.

The project began as a bootleg/gypsy event by me at a local yacht yard, until I was kicked out at 4 PM by which time I had the pontoons in the water. I spent the next three weeks fabricating and assembling the geodesic cabin to the deck and then was towed to Canalside (ref. Buffalo Waterfront) from the Buffalo ship canal where I built the structure on the water by myself.

floating home

ref: shantyboatliving,com, Buffalo Rising Online, The Buffalo News, Buckminster Fuller Institute, other “geodesic houseboat” on Google.

The home has a splendid 7’6″ headroom and a 9′ width and by offsetting the dome on the deck, it added three feet for a propane grill and cooler, along with back porch.

I’d like to submit this solution for any contests to compete for most value for least cost, effort and time.

The boat build led to my writing and self publishing a book, Building a New and useful Buffalo (eBay – $17.95) which recommends a new kind of framework for communities to leverage their cultural capital to accelerate their transformation and economic development.

dome on car

I am interesting in joining like-minded urban pioneers to make the quality of life in the cosmos more sustainable while receiving the joy that comes with building your own tiny home with your own hands!

I am also looking for a key role in a company who might wish to commercialize / develop a manufacturing capability for tiny living / “deployment” shelters to help victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, or mud slides / earthquakes.

Michael R Weekes

dome sign

floating dome

Aqualodge Houseboat for Sale

by Kent Griswold on September 29th, 2013. 47 Comments

by Stephenie Hollyman

I have been living tiny now, floating, in fact, off and on when not teaching internationally. I have a 35 foot by 12.5 foot 2006 Aqualodge houseboat I am now selling in Miami, Florida. It just came out of the shipyard with a freshly painted bottom and sterling survey. It’s tied up at a marina in Miami Florida where the buyer could probably continue to live aboard as long as they call themselves ” year round cruisers.” It’s a wonderful way to live.

I am sadly selling it for $52,000 as I am moving to California. I have owned it for 3+years.

You can contact Stephenie via her email for more information: blazingcontent [at] yahoo [dot] com

Aqualodge houseboat

living room

living room wall


living area/kitchen

dining room



Floating Newlywed Home in Boston

by Kent Griswold on September 10th, 2013. 25 Comments

by Brian Aufiero

After dreaming and reading tiny house blogs and live aboard blogs for a few years we have made the move aboard. My wife and I live on a 1984 Catalina 36ft sailboat in Boston Harbor.

She and I sold or donated much of our furniture, clothes, and other items we no longer used. We made the move last October after being married in September of 2012. Hence the boat name, “Just Married.”

Thanks for the great inspiration to make BIG tiny decisions.

Our floating home

the living room

the happy couple

stove and ice box

Karen Jenkins Tiny Floating Home

by Kent Griswold on June 25th, 2013. 54 Comments

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 »