My biggest gripe about shantyboat design is that most of them are nothing more than modified boxes. Totally uninspired.
Houseboats, in general, are little better.
Floating homes offer more creativity.
But there’s a movement in the country that I believe could easily be adapted to the construction of shantyboats…they’re called tiny houses and the movement is getting big.
Many of these tiny homes are being built on land in places that don’t have idiotic restrictions on the minimum size of dwellings, but the majority are built with trailers as their base. This, of course, mandates that there is a maximum width (8′) these structures can have so they can be hauled down the highway without special permits. These tiny homes do not have cheap, shoddy, mobile-home construction. They’re built like a normal house with two by fours.
Dee Williams has made a splash for herself and the movement and won awards for her tiny house.
I don’t see why some of the designs for tiny homes couldn’t be adapted to a shantyboat footprint. I think that building them on a barge base would be much more practical than a pontoon platform because of flotation and stability issues.
If you’re seriously thinking of building and moving into a shantyboat lifestyle it will require serious downsizing. Check out some of these websites and see if anything tickles your imagination.
On all these sites, click on their links, and in the small living journal click on each of the authors to see their approachs to their small and tiny houses.
As always, comments are appreciated and hoped for.