The beautiful vintage world of floating homes
Living in a floating home would be a dream come true for me — enjoying one’s life on the beautiful water, usually in a re-purposed vintage ship, train caboose, or medley of found materials!
My favorite American floating homes community is in Sausalito, a true artist’s haven. Truly defining creativity, these artists have created amazing homes from the most creative resources. Talk about re-purposed inspiration! Here are some of my favorite re-purposed vintage digs:
The “Ark de Triumph” was created in 1907 when two arks were joined together to become a home. I love the bedroom – how dreamy! Its open beams are beautiful too – very Dutch and airy.
Next up in floating vintage inspiration is the “Train Wreck” home, crafted from a 1889 North Pacific Railway car, which is the foundation for the center of the house. In fact, the dining room is housed in the Pullman Car – the details you can see in the wood paneling and authentic fixtures.
And the most eco-friendly, re-purposing inspirational home is “The Clamshell,” which was constructed using all recycled materials from shipyards, barns, fences, and even an arch from a church in the San Francisco mission district. The loft ceiling was from a chicken house (I had no idea looking at the picture!), and the the stained glass door was recycled from a quirky store in the famous Haight Ashbury district. How creative and fun!