Cabin Construction

Designing, constructing, and living aboard a houseboat.

Cabin Materials

The framework of the boat’s cabin was built from of local cedar trees. On top of this framework a roof was constructed from foam panels that had been salvaged from a demolished ice warehouse. The walls were built from similar foam panels donated by a materials testing facility. Firebricks from the site of a former industrial furnace were used to build the boat’s wood stove.

Electrical System

The boat’s electric system included LED lights, a radio, and phone chargers. These light duty appliances drew power from three 12-volt deep cycle batteries wired in series. A wind turbine mounted with a custom charge controller was installed to keep this system charged.

The Vessel’s Anchor

The enormous surface area of the boat required an anchor with exceptional holding power. A custom anchor was welded from scraps of structural steel for this purpose.

Waste Treatment

A composting toilet was used for the treatment of waste. The contents of the toilet would quickly decompose for safe and environmental disposal on land.

Frame work

Cabin structure built from local Cedar lumber

Frame work
First Wall

End of the day after building the first wall of the cabin

First Wall
Roof truss

First truss installed to support the cabin's roof

Roof truss
Roof framing

Finishing roof framing before roof panels installed

Roof framing
Roof Panels

Panels were a reused from demolished refrigerator warehouse

Roof Panels
Finished Roof

Roof with trusses and insulating panels

Finished Roof
Insulating floor panels

Finishing insulated floor

Insulating floor panels
Paint

First coat of paint on cabins exterior

Paint
Charge Controller

Charge controller to monitor input from the boats wind turbine

Charge Controller
Energy Storage

Deep cycle batteries wired in series

Energy Storage
Roof Construction
Roof Construction