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Tiny Houseboat on London Canal Can Break Ice and Go Off-Grid

It took 10 months to convert the canal boat into the owner’s tiny home

London’s canals are fair game for houseboats, providing a picturesque spot to moor this icebreaker-turned-tiny-home. When designer Marco Monterzino bought the century-old boat, it was little more than a 194-square-foot floating shell.

But over ten months, Monterzino created a custom tiny living space—named LIZ—that manages to contain everything he needs. The boat has room for a kitchen, bed, workspace, and watercloset.

The home’s interior is painted a crisp white and remains open-plan from bow to stern. The natural wood-paneled ceiling and floor add a dash of visual warmth, but there’s also a large stove to help get Monterzino through London’s freezing winters.

The vessel is also equipped with solar panels, a generator, and batteries so that it can remain off-grid for a couple of weeks or more at a time.