With lots of water around, many people in the Netherlands live on a houseboat. This close to the water, these houses offer a different way to live. Interior designer Floor van den Broek gives us a glimpse into the unique glass houseboat she shares with her husband Vin, a barber, and their kids. She shares why living at a place like this is so special and what the design process of this dream house was like.
Has it always been a dream of yours to live on a houseboat?
We have both always loved sailing, even before we met, and used to sail on the river Eem a lot when we were younger. Because of our love for sailing, living on or by the water has always really attracted us. But it always seemed too expensive of a dream. We have looked in Amsterdam and a few villages around the river Eem, but these places were financially unachievable for us. When we found this berth, it came with a small affordable ark. This made it possible for us to maybe one day build our dream house, one step at the time.
Could you describe your house to the reader? What does it look like?
The ark is inspired by the building of Lego. It is built up out of four different materials. The concrete container, where the bedrooms are, can be found largely under water. Usually the concrete stops at about 30 centimeters above water level, after which wood is used. But because we wanted to use as little different materials as possible, we have extended the use of concrete all the way to the living floor. On top of that, a wooden frame was placed. A clear ‘line’ in the design, which is seen in the overhanging zinc roof as well. Between the wooden frame and zinc roof is a large glass block in which you can find the living room, kitchen, tv corner and study room.
So, to explain the Lego mention: to us, the design is like a grey Lego block with a brown Lego plate. On top of that is a blue Lego block, finished off with the final grey Lego plate!