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Woodworker fulfills dream of living life on the water with hand-built tiny home
The wood interior mixed in with all the natural lighting gives this houseboat such a natural feel. 😍
Gianella Argao
08.17.22

We all know there has been a rise in interest in tiny homes, but what about tiny boathouses?

In Montebello, Quebec, Canada stands (or floats) a lovely floating tiny home RV called the Koroc.

It’s impossible to not notice the unbelievably adorable home once you’re in the area.

It’s a head-turner.

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The builder, named Richard, built Koroc completely by hand.

Despite the size, you’d be surprised at how much life he was able to build inside this cabin-looking floating home.

The houseboat houses a full kitchen, a dinette that turns into a bed, a bathroom with a shower and toilet, and an ultra-relaxing lounge deck to just enjoy the beautiful view outside.

It must be extremely nice living here.

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The houseboat is 24 feet in length and 8.5 feet in width with a total weight of 5,700 lbs.

The house stands on three aluminum pontoons and is run by a 260-watt solar panel.

Richard generously agreed to a house tour which started at the dinette.

Now, this isn’t your usual dining table because if you remove the leg and lower the table, you will have a bed for sleeping. Talk about saving space, huh?

There are also multiple storage spaces.

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Just underneath the dining bench are spaces to store more stuff—something most tiny houses have.

Richard also somehow found a way to make the kitchen look as spacious as possible. It has a sink, a propane stove, and even a decent amount of counter space.

There’s also a 4.5-cubic-foot fridge to top that off.

Even the kitchen drawers are handmade.

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Scattered around the kitchen are drawers Richard also built by hand and they’re pretty amazing.

He even created an open shelf that is covered by mesh to ensure things remain in place, even when the waves begin to hit.

Another surprising element of the floating home is how Richard was able to squeeze in a full bathroom with a toilet and a shower.

The toiled is a dry composting one just beside the shower area.

The sinks are intelligently built also.

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All the sinks, including the shower, run off a 12-volt pump and they were made to drain into a greywater filtration system.

The system was specifically designed by Richard for his houseboat.

An interesting fact is that it’s actually allowed to drain greywater straight into a body of water in Quebec. And it was important for Richard to be able to filter the water first before dumping it.

So, he built one of course.

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The boat runs on a 56-liter freshwater tank but there’s also a switch that allows the system to draw water directly from the lake or the river.

This is actually great as it provides more options.

A personal favorite element of mine is the patio door that leads to a beautiful deck, allowing you to just relax and bask under the sun.

Indeed, Richard was able to showcase his unbelievable woodworking skills throughout this tiny floating home.

Take the full tour of Richard’s houseboat in the video below!

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By Gianella Argao
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Gianella Argao is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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