Would you consider living in this 550-square-foot small houseboat?

Affordable Floating Homes is a division of First Mate Builders and Olympia Construction.

Mike Auderer designed and built this wonderful humble home on wheels from scratch so he can downsize from a four-story Victorian home according to Thurston Talk.

It’s a two story houseboat with all of the accommodations of home as you’ll see in the photos below.

So far it has been featured on sites like Inhabitat and the OregonLive.

In addition, it’s one of the first houseboats to earn the Built Green Certification.

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I love the two story layout and the french doors with view of the water. The two story floating home has been named the “sweet pea” by Mike because of its green color.

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Even though Mike is the owner of his own construction company, building a houseboat was a first for him. So he started by taking lots of photos for inspiration.

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Since Mike has made this downsizing lifestyle change he feels better because he walks more often, uses his vehicle less, and gets to enjoy and contribute more to Olympia.

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The bedroom is up on the second floor with more than enough room for closets and a king size bed.

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Downsizing doesn’t always have to be tiny. It can be 550-square-feet or even 1,000-square-feet. It really just depends on where you’re coming from. And the best part is you don’t have to give up everything you’re used to either.

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Alex has been living in small spaces for more than 7 years, he's the founding editor of TinyHouseTalk.com, and has passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. Send in your story and tiny home photos so we can share and inspire others towards simplicity.

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  • Small House Bliss

    Absolutely I would, it’s perfect! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your American readers!
    - Mili

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    • Alex

      Thanks Mili hope you enjoyed! Alex

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  • TomLeeM

    I would not mind living in or on a house boat; especially if it looked as nice as the one shown.

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  • alice h

    Seriously droolworthy! If liveaboard moorage were cheap and plentiful I’d love to live in houseboat like this.

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  • jerryd

    When building a boat like this a couple things to be sure of. Make sure the botton is fiberglassed and the hull is divided into multiple compartments, 8+ so if you get a leak it doesn’t sink you.

    If wood be sure lots of airflow in the lower part to keep dry rot from taking hold. PT plywood it a good idea in the hull at least.

    If you want to move around think of going to 2 hulls again with multiple comparments, 4+, in each. They mave much faster on much less power. This one couldn’t go over 6mph even with a lot of power.

    Living on the water is great in many ways but you need to do things and pay attention to not get into a problem. It’s not hard.

    Also talk to the old timers about bad wqeather, flooding, etc that your area might have and what to do when it happens so you are prepared and not surprised.

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  • Norbert

    Alex;

    Thanks for sharing the floating house boat. I commented on several photos on their Facebook page. very well built and simple. I really liked it. Thanks again.

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  • Bill in Cheyenne

    Didn’t see any photo of bedroom. Would want a railing on the stairs. Door upstairs opens to ??? Another deck sitting area?

    It would be easy to build in some floatation with foam blocks or rectangles, which could also insulate floor, from water temperature. Would be nice to be wide enough to have walk from front to back deck outside. Fibreglass on outside of hull is shown in construction photos on another site.
    I agree with jerryd on twin hulls for movement. But if you wanted to live on it, in a visual paradise, you could always have it towed or tow it yourself.
    It doesn’t have to be powered.

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  • jerryd

    Hi Deborah and All,

    I have 45 yrs building boats and 35 yrs designing, building, sailing and living on all kinds. If anyone has a question I’m happy to help.

    Living onboard is a great way to live and very low cost. So low I only have to work 1-2 months/yr.

    And the people, especially liveaboard sailors, are the best group of any I’ve found. A great tiny home method with so many places to live legally for little or no cost.

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    • JoyceB

      I love this houseboat but it’s way too big for me. Going upstairs to sleep isn’t what I want. JerryD living onboard sounds fantastic. You inspire me with the thought. I don’t sail (took lessons) but I love the water and the thought of a tiny house on water is intriguing. How does one get started?

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  • Dina

    Absolutely lovely! I would DEFINITELY live in this beautiful floating home.

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  • sesameB

    Sweet. Sorry, I do not live or like living near water. I love my mountains here in Arkansas.

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  • Holly

    I love it but I won’t live on water.

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  • Randy

    Absolutely! I want to down-size considerably and a home like this would be awesome!

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  • latoya jimenez juarez

    What about COB houses do you also build those?

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  • Maribel arroyo

    Is it legal to have a tiny house boat in Florida Cape Coral and how much does it cost to build?

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    • Harper

      Good question. I’m moving to Naples and want to build a tiny house near there. Wouldn’t rule out a tiny houseboat.

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