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100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

I’ve got a real love/hate relationship with anything that deals with property transformations, home improvements or DIY. These are some of the largest time wasters on the internet. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t say this as a bad thing… More of a form of addiction whose narcotic effect is something that really gets my gears turning and throws me into a daydreaming state where I quickly realize I’m drowning in the possibilities of what ‘could be’.

While sifting through the photos I noticed something peculiar that caught my eye. The windows on this house, with a large, open floor plan, didn’t quite seem kosher. The next photo I saw had an extremely odd door, almost like it belonged in a submarine. Upon closer inspection, I discovered that the photos I was looking at were actually a converted barge. Talk about upcycling an old unused piece of machinery.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

With a large, open floor plan, there aren’t too many signs that this isn’t just a normal apartment or home.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

Piano, shelves, couches, fireplace… Seems pretty typical, until you take a closer look.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

That odd-looking door was my first indication that something wasn’t quite right.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

After the door, I realized that there was something unusual about the windows, as well.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

Kitchen, dining room, entertainment/ living room. All of this combined as a great room is not a bad idea. I’m a fan of open spaces.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

The kitchen has a nice island, with all necessary amenities, including a good-sized stove.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

With a large skylight, one would think that this apartment was on the top floor… But wait, where do those stairs lead?

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

The top of the stairs, when coming from the great room, leads to the main housing compartment of the barge. But first, a peak through the door.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

The skylights of the great room take up a large portion of the deck of the barge.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

Entering the main bedroom, you’ll find a nice sitting/ reading area with plenty of natural light!

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

The sitting area is nestled nicely into what would otherwise be wasted space as the wall travels sharply outward from the floor.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

With a good-sized sitting area with storage and a nice, cozy bed, what else would a master bedroom need?

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

Well, I guess every master bedroom needs a master bathroom!

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

While this may not stand out as extraordinary to most, I can’t get get over the looks of that giant rectangular tub. That’s definitely not what I expected to see in a converted barge.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

The dual sink vanity has a wood looking finish that matches the large tub to perfection.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

The guest room has a comfy looking sitting chair, while the simplistic bunk beds offer you little more than a place to sleep and a cubby to store your personal effects.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

The secondary bathroom is a half bath that doesn’t hold a candle to the master bathroom, but affords guests a little privacy while in the privy.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

Leaving the main quarters up a very steep flight of stairs that is more like an attic ladder.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

Here we find the captains lounge and the helm of this very fine ship!

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

This area is complete with 360 degree views, as you could imagine would be necessary while captaining such a sizable vessel.

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

Once you’re out on the open sea, or traveling between port towns, you’re sure to be surrounded by exquisite views when you have a barge that is also your home!

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

I guess this is how they roll in Sweden!

100-Year-Old Barge Converted Into A Stunning Floating Home

Level 0 appears to just be the captains lounge and the helm. Level 1 contains the sleeping quarters and the restrooms. Level 2 houses the greenroom, along with the important functioning parts of the transformed barge.

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It’s hard to believe that someone could have the vision and time to actually make a home from a converted barge. While this is something that I can daydream about while pondering the possibilities of traveling from town to town on the river front, I seriously doubt that the $800,000 price tag will ever find its way into my meager budget. Nonetheless, this 1600 foot upcycled home was definitely well done and has left me with a few new ideas I can hold on to until the time comes that money is no longer an object.

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