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Fancy prefab houseboats are a drifter’s dream

Bluefield Houseboats has designed a modular line of houseboats built with passive house techniques

The fear of rising sea levels and love of tiny homes seems to be converging into a growing number of rad houseboats. This latest line from Ireland’s Bluefield Houseboats also jumps onto the passive house trend.

The floating homes were designed to meet passive house standards for energy-efficient construction. Fabricated in a factory, the the structures are produced with as little waste as possible and then shipped out and assembled on-site.

Even better, the homes are customizable and let owners decide on their materials palette and decide on the configuration of their home—which ranges in size between 500 and 2,000 square feet.

The design calls for a combination of natural wood and modern, industrial materials. The company’s model home—currently docked in Ballynahinch, Northern Ireland—features an elegant glass railing and a flat rooftop terrace covered in artificial turf.