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Scarlet Lady Narrowboat Cottage with Stunning Chic Design!

Russ had always loved living in small spaces and even spent five years working on cruise ships. He had been dreaming of narrowboat life for about a decade when he finally took the plunge and bought his boat — he had a professional outfit the interior and let’s just say it’s one of the most stunning narrowboat conversions I’ve seen!

Everything inside is sleek and chic, with a guest berth and back cabin that’s perfect for relaxing after a hard day of work. It has a stove inside to keep the place toasty and good space to work from home if needed. Make sure to read our Q&A with Russ after the photo tour.

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Professionally-Remodeled Narrowboat in England

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The living room has the stove inside.

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The guest bunks on the left.

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The kitchen has a lot of cabinets for storage.

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Work with a gorgeous view.

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Time for a celebratory drink.

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The back cabin looks cozy!

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Could you live here?

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Love, love the portholes!

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He lives in it year-round.

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Some solar panels on the roof.

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He can be in a city, or the country side.

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A new spot for the night.

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I’m in love with this view.

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Some cool artwork!

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Cheers to Russ!

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What got you into tiny living?

Since I was kid, I have always been intrigued by tiny living, from treehouses, tents, campervans and even cabins on ships, I think I feel most at home when things are only touching distance away! I did work on cruise ships for 5 years, so I was used to living in small spaces & with limited belongings, but to me, I find it liberating.

Did you build your home or buy it? How long did the process take?

I designed my boat personally with the support of a naval engineer. I know I wanted something different, something that would stand out, classic but contemporary. I then worked with builders in Liverpool to make it all come together, I would visit every week to see how she was progressing. Overall, the process took about a year, but I had been dreaming about ‘her’ for at least a decade!

How do you make money on the road?

I have a fixed job that sees me in Brighton, London & Birmingham where I am Managing Director for a pub company. But, I find that I am never too far from a train station to get me where I need to be!

How has tiny living changed your life (for better or worse)?

Without a doubt. The freedom to go where I want, albeit at 4mph, is liberating.

What’s the hardest part of tiny living?

At this time of year, MUD! Trying to keep the boat clean and tidy, along with guests & a cocker spaniel is both an ongoing & rather tedious task.

What’s the most rewarding part?

As I write this, I have just spent a week in the most idyllic countryside, but now, I am slap bang in the middle of Birmingham city centre. The fact I can take my home with me, wherever I feel is truly magical.

Any advice for people looking to go tiny?

I never lived on a boat before, before I took the plunge in getting one (crazy I know). But if you like camping, a sense of adventure & decluttering your lives then go for it. Just make sure you remember to buy smaller things of everything, from the frying pan to the duvet, nothing fits 😂

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Sherry
    April 25, 2023, 8:06 pm

    Sorry it is way to dark for me, that back bedroom reminds me of a coffin, not welcoming at all to sleep in, and dark cabinets in the kitchen, gray of all colors, how dreary. I do like the idea of this boat yet I would lighten it up with some soft colors that are welcoming and make me feel cheerful, this does not do it for me, just a different style is all.

    • James D.
      April 25, 2023, 8:40 pm

      It’s not gray, more a teal/blue shade, photos are just not high quality with issues with exposure and color accuracy. So would look different in person, they probably just used their phone to take the photos…

  • Susan
    April 26, 2023, 9:54 am

    I’ve always been intrigued with these house boats, across the pond. Traveling the canals, and taking your home with you, is the way to go. This one is nicely done. I could live on this canal boat…

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