This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape is of a narrowboat somewhere in Great Britain. I had the opportunity to see several of these a couple years ago while we explored rural England. Wikipedia defines a narrow boat: A narrowboat or narrow boat is a boat of a distinctive design, made to fit the narrow canals of Great Britain.
Modern “narrowboats” are used for recreation and more and more as homes, whose design is an interpretation of the old boats for modern purposes using modern materials.
Because of their slenderness, some narrowboats seem very long. The maximum length is about 72 feet (22 m), the length of most locks on the narrow canals. However, modern narrowboats tend to be shorter than this, so that they can cruise anywhere on the connected network of British canals – including on the “wide” canals (built for wider, but shorter, boats).
To see what it is like to live on a narrowboat visit Dominique’s Narrow Boat, and watch the video below by Kirsten.
The Home & Garden Centre in Monmouthshire, Wales has a large selection of garden cabin kits that are currently only delivered to Wales, England and the Scottish Lowlands, but I saw that some of the designs and styles of these kits contains some details not seen in other kit structures and which could be translated over to other stationary tiny houses.
Some of these finished kits have built-in decks and covered porches, large windows, double doors and sit well in a garden or on a deck. The company sells kits for traditional and contemporary style log cabins, log cabins that will fit into the corner of a piece of property as well as smaller structures like saunas and and tool sheds. The packages come in complete kit form with detailed instructions for installation and optional extras like insulation kits and underfloor heating. The sizes of the cabins range from about 50 square feet to about 215 square feet. They range in price from $2,200 to just under $5,000. Continue Reading »
by Katie Davies
In Conwy (a small town on the North coast of Wales) there is a building which claims to be the smallest house in Great Britain. It’s known as the Quay House and stands at only 10 feet 2 inches tall with a floor area of only 10 by 6 feet. It has been occupied since the 16th century, but is now only used as a tourist attraction. I include a picture of me outside the house for scale. I am only 5 feet 3 inches tall and had to stoop slightly to enter the door. Amazingly the last resident of the house was a foot taller than me, 6 feet 3 inches, little wonder then that he abandoned it!
There’s more information on the smallest house on the Conwy Castle website http://www.conwy-castle.co.uk/Attractions-near-Conwy-Castle/Smallest-House-in-Great Britain.html
Thanks so much for the very entertaining blog, I especially like the ‘Tiny House in a Landscape’ feature, always such beautiful pictures!
This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape was taken on our recent vacation. This narrow boat is located on the Avon River in the city of Bath in Great Britain. I have been fascinated with narrow boats ever since I discovered them some time back. Many people make them their homes in narrow boats on rivers and canals across Europe. They are also popular as vacation getaways and can be rented for short periods as well. I will be doing a more extensive post in the near future and share with you the interiors of these unique house boats. Unfortunately, I was not able to get a tour of the inside of this narrow boat but I thought this picture made a unique landscape with the church and bridge in the background.