I Thought It Was Just A Nice House, And Then I Noticed The Steel Door…Brilliant!

by Todd Briscoe
Todd is a LittleThings editor. He grew up in Texas and has lived in New York since 2003. He doesn't own a Boston terrier, but he will one day soon.

Growing up, I remember going to various open houses around my town with my parents every Sunday. We loved comparing the houses and imagining what it would be like if we moved.

Today I’m especially interested in architects who take seemingly inhabitable spaces and convert them into incredible houses.

One woman bought an 1800s bank and converted it into an incredible home for herself. Another couple took an old Texas county jailhouse and completely revitalized it into a place most anyone would want to live.

Of all of the interesting conversions I have seen while working for LittleThings, this barge might be my new personal favorite — or at least the one I’d most want to move into.

After falling into disrepair and hardly being used for decades, this old barge from 1909 was completely revitalized and converted into an airy, bright, and luxurious houseboat. Of course, I’ve never actually seen a houseboat this nice.

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The barge is usually docked in Stockholm, Sweden.

barge into house 1

Though, of course, a floating house means that you can call any location your home as long as it has a dock.

barge into house 2

This two-bedroom, two-bathroom house almost feels like a floating apartment.

barge converted into house

If you didn't see the outside, you might just think it's a nautical-themed apartment.

barge converted into house

In addition to the skylight, notice the circular portholes along the walls.

barge converted into house portholes

Though it has been modernized, many of its nautical features, such as the waterproof door, remain intact.

barge into house sweden waterproof door

It's not exceptionally large at 1,600 feet, but it feels much larger thanks to its open design.

barge into house sweden living area

The bottom level serves as an open plan kitchen, living room, and dining area.

barge into house sweden dining area

If you were to look at this kitchen alone, one would never guess that it's in the middle of a formerly trashed up barge.

barge into house sweden kitchen

And up a level are the bedrooms and bathrooms.

barge into house sweden bedroom 1

The barge was recently on the market for $800,000 — fairly expensive for a two-bedroom house, but cheap for an entire boat of its size.

barge into house sweden bedroom

Of course, docking fees and energy expenses are quite high with a house like this, but imagine the luxury of soaking in that tub in the middle of any sea of your choice.

barge into house sweden great tub

It can be a single family house or rented out as a vacation space.

barge into house sweden bedroom

If you've ever been on a cruise, you know how tight the rooms can be — so why not have your own personal cruise ship?

barge into house sweden bathroom

Personally, I'd love it as a retirement home. I'd love to take off around the world while keeping the comforts of home with me.

barge into house sweden

It might be too expensive for now, but it's nice to dream big.

barge into house sweden

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