This Guy Built His Own Off-Grid Houseboat and It’s Gorgeous and Functional


Watch this gorgeous houseboat just featured on Exploring Alternatives. The 700-square-foot, self-built float home is completely off-grid with solar power, a pellet stove, a composting toilet, and an evaporation greywater system that guarantees nothing is dropped overboard.

It has an open concept kitchen, living and dining space, a master bedroom and bathroom on the main floor, two bedrooms on the second floor, and the wraparound deck up top gives 360-degree views. Take a full tour of this sustainable tiny floating house!

Follow Jay Blackmore and check out more photos from his DIY float home build here.

Jay built it in his free time over the course of 4 years as an alternative housing option to the country home he had before, which he felt was too costly, too far from town, and too much maintenance. Now he doesn’t have a lawn to mow or a driveway to shovel, and he is walking distance to all the facilities in town and just a few steps from his sailboat that is anchored in the same marina.

It’s not an easy lifestyle though, everything that goes in and out of the float home has to be brought there, including propane tanks, pellets for the woodstove, groceries, garbage, etc. even in the middle of winter when docks are icy and the wind is flowing. And it’s quite public with boaters and paddlers going by all day. But Jay says it’s all about mindset and he’s okay with these modest challenges since it provides him a lifestyle that suits him flawlessly.

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