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Couple transforms abandoned cargo boat into gorgeous modern home
They bought the abandoned cargo boat for just $11,200, but now it looks like a million-dollar home.
Eduardo Gaskell
07.21.22

It’s not always about big, expensive mansions along the most exclusive places that can impress social media users. Oftentimes, it’s the creativity of turning what was once overlooked into a work of art.

Not a lot of people dream of living in a boathouse that has floor-to-ceiling windows. But those who know realize what a luxury it is.

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YouTube - Kirsten Dirksen

A hardworking couple in France did just that, transforming an old cargo boat into their dream home.

Jérémie Malvy and his wife, Sara, live in this stunning boathouse found in Paris. In itself, Paris is a beautiful city but step into their boat, and it’s like a whole different world.

You would be forgiven to think that it would feel like being inside a watercraft.

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YouTube - Kirsten Dirksen

The couple named their boathouse “Panjab”, the same as Jérémie’s hometown of Punjab in Pakistan.

Inside you’ll find a lot of plants and huge floor-to-ceiling windows which lets natural light flow inside.

Panjab allows Jérémie and Sara to feel closer to nature, which is the idea they went for when building this boat home.

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YouTube - Kirsten Dirksen

Sara does admit to the one downside of living inside this stunning boat home that’s docked on the Seine.

“It’s even problematic to be in such a boat because actually we don’t go outside anymore. We are forcing ourselves almost to go outside. Okay, I will go to a restaurant. But is it better than my place? No,” she explained.

Don’t you wish you had their problems?

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YouTube - Kirsten Dirksen

Jérémie bought this cargo riverboat for 11,000 euros (approximately $11,200). The boat was once used to transport cereals and was in pretty good condition when he purchased it.

The couple took about two and a half years to remake it into their modern dream home.

And while that’s a really long time, Jérémie and Sara know that all their efforts and patience were worth it, seeing how they transformed this old boat into a lovely floating house.

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YouTube - Kirsten Dirksen

Jérémie moved from Pakistan to France decades ago and loves living near the water. At a time when he couldn’t speak French, he lived under the bridges of the Seine.

The river was his only friend.

A chain of successful organic grocery cooperatives and restaurants soon saw Jérémie make it in France.

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YouTube - Kirsten Dirksen

His connection with the river led to him buying this boat with an all-glass front.

It gave him a constant view of the water, his once lonely companion.

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YouTube - Kirsten Dirksen

The downstairs of the couple’s boathouse is half-buried in water. It helps give their home excellent insulation and acoustics. Jérémie and Sara also have an eye-level view of the water.

One of the bathroom windows opens, allowing the couple to touch the river water.

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YouTube - Kirsten Dirksen

Jérémie shared that the flowing river takes away all his stress. The Panjab gives him a connection with nature, his refuge away from all the noise and worries of the world.

Watch the video below for a tour of this beautiful boathouse!

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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