This tiny house design by Claude von Roesgen not only has a roof made out of solar panels…
But it also doubles as a pontoon (actually tri-toon) houseboat. The home has two configurations: (1) to be attached onto a utility trailer or (2) a pontoon boat which I’ll show you below. So can we legitimately call this an amphibious tiny house? Another interesting feature is the home’s built-in solar roof.
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An Amphibious Tiny House? From Wheels to Pontoons… And It Has A Solar Roof!
Tiny House with a Solar Roof
They actually used the solar panels as roofing for the house. This is the first time I’ve seen it done this way and I really like it. See what I mean in the photos below:
Below is look from the interior:
I always wondered if you can use solar panels for roofing. And I guess you can! Apparently it’s water tight too.
On the inside of the house Claude used knotty pine to cover the walls.
I’m sure it’s alright to insulate and cover the panels with more tongue and groove knotty pine or whatever you might like for the ceiling.
Helicopter Tiny House?!
Then somewhere in the video someone playfully mentions, “well, what about if we installed helicopter blades on it?”
The house weighs approximately 5800 lbs including the trailer. The house alone weighs about 3800 lbs.
Bamboo flooring inside.
With knotty pine interior walls.
Lots of windows for plenty of light.
Can Tiny Houses Be Unattached from the Trailer?
Can you make it where you can attach and then later detach a tiny house from a trailer?
Great question because this is a perfect example of a house that does.
And yes- you can do this with just about any tiny house project using bolts.
This tiny house is made so you can unbolt it from the utility trailer and secure it onto the pontoon so it can become a tiny houseboat.
If you’re curious the tri-toon he bought can hold up to 10,000 lbs of weight.
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Solar-powered Houseboat (Video 2)
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I hope Claude will continue to share his amazing tiny house project with us.
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