The Simple Houseboat
Working with Drew Heath Architects, Ian UgarteÂ has designed a simple clean home on the water that takes the best and leaves the rest of what he and partner Christine Manning learned from 10 years of houseboat life on an Australian river – to create the Arkiboat.
If you want to order your own, you can have the interior customized within the general parameters of this basic overall rectangular design, to personalize your Arkiboat to suit your needs.
Construction takes about three months. Then you can have your own ArkiboatÂ floated down your favorite river… well, if it is in Australia, that is.
This design is simply stripped down to the very basics. There’s a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom. The whole world passing you on the river suffices as a your living room space.
According to these specs this very ample roof also includes a tiny solar system – well under 1 KW. Whether the needs of the small dwelling (including this fridge) can be 100% supplied by a 600 kilowatt solar system is an interesting question, because, if so, this charming and livable houseboat is also an absolute marvel of conservation.