Life in This Renovated Houseboat Would Be But a Dream

Stealth storage and a color palette borrowed from nature lets this Australian houseboat live larger than its 495 square feet.

For this houseboat’s renovation, led by Kate Harry of the Adelaide-based interiors firm Fabrikate, function was critical. Harry started with careful spatial planning of the 46 square meters, or 495 square feet, which included the captain’s driving area. Within that petite footprint, she fit a kitchen with an integrated fridge, concealed pantry, and range; dining space for eight; a lounging area and reading nook; two bedrooms with queen-size beds; as well as a bathroom with separate spaces for the shower, toilet, and vanity. Both built-in and vertical storage were integrated to utilize all of the available space.

Vinyl flooring in a soft driftwood color underscores a dining table that can seat up to eight. Harry selected warm leather for the banquette seating for its "texture and timeless patina."

Vinyl flooring in a soft driftwood color underscores a dining table that can seat up to eight. Harry selected warm leather for the banquette seating for its “texture and timeless patina.”

Jonathan VDK

While researching houseboat design, Harry and her team “found Australian houseboats [to be] notoriously dark and heavy spaces.” Instead, they turned to the houseboat’s setting on the Murray River for inspiration, combining a color palette of mint green, white, caramel, and driftwood. 

"Selection of materiality was critical in creating the illusion of more space than the actual footprint of the houseboat," Harry said.

“Selection of materiality was critical in creating the illusion of more space than the actual footprint of the houseboat,” Harry said.

Jonathan VDK

Upon visiting the finished design, the Harry and her team were struck by how the project had come together. “The morning sunrise, the reflection of light off the water throughout the interior was truly a memorable moment for us as designers,” the designer said. “The houseboat felt completely at one with it’s environment.” 

Harry said: "The inclusion of Australian product in this design was integral given its context." Kitchen joinery in affordable soft sage laminate sports the leather recessed pull from Made Measure and  timber door hardware from In-Teria.

Harry said: “The inclusion of Australian product in this design was integral given its context.” Kitchen joinery in affordable soft sage laminate sports the leather recessed pull from Made Measure and timber door hardware from In-Teria.

Jonathan VDK

Australian paint by Haymes envelopes the interior, including vertical and built-in storage.

Australian paint by Haymes envelopes the interior, including vertical and built-in storage.

Jonathan VDK

A drop zone across from the kitchen run.

A drop zone across from the kitchen run

Jonathan VDK

A hemp rug from Armadillo & Co complements botanical prints from Cloth Fabric.

A hemp rug from Armadillo & Co complements botanical prints from Cloth Fabric.

Jonathan VDK

Sleek storage

Sleek storage

Jonathan VDK

The reading nook

The reading nook

Jonathan VDK

MDF panelling also allowed for contraction and expansion of the moving vessel.

MDF panelling also allowed for contraction and expansion of the moving vessel.

Jonathan VDK

In the bathroom, "Laminex Aquapanel was selected in wet areas to meet the weight restriction and potential of cracking tiles," Harry said.

“Laminex Aquapanel was selected in wet areas to meet the weight restriction and potential of cracking tiles,” says Harry.

Jonathan VDK

Bedrooms capitalize on river views and built-in storage.

Bedrooms capitalize on river views and built-in storage.

Jonathan VDK

The stylish hooks in the bedroom were sourced from twenty21, a Melbourne-based shop that specializes in midcentury designs.

The stylish hooks in the bedroom were sourced from twenty21, a Melbourne-based shop that specializes in midcentury designs.

Jonathan VDK

Before:

Courtesy of Fabrikate

Project Credits:

Design: Fabrikate

Stylist: Emily O’Brien 

Structural Engineer: McDowall Engineering and Construction

Cabinetry construction and installation: Module Dezines

Photography: Jonathan VDK 

Source: Dwell

抢沙发

  • 昵称 (必填)
  • 邮箱 (必填)
  • 网址