Reorganizing the A-frame’s interior opens up the kitchen and living areas to views of Oregon’s Willamette River
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SAUVIE ISLAND, PORTLAND
What designer could pass on the opportunity to buy a floating home like the one featured in the movie Sleepless in Seattle? Well, not this one! When I purchased this floating home from my aunt and uncle, I didn’t know about floats and stringers and other issues specific to floating homes. Nor had I really thought about the hassle of an out of state remodel. Believing that I was up for the challenge, I grabbed my water wings, sketchpad, and measuring tape and jumped right in!
Some of my friends and family weren’t quite sure what I saw in this place. As my Aunt and Uncle aged, the place was a bit neglected and needed a lot of TLC. Also, having been built in 1965, it had an outdated floor plan that I knew needed a major overhaul. But I saw huge potential in this A-Frame dwelling and envisioned the home as a family retreat for relaxing getaways. For years when I visited my Aunt and Uncle I would walk through the home and dream about all the things I would do if I owned it – and now I did! The end result was a beautiful home that had significantly increased in value – leading to a surprise “flip” a year and a half later!
If you’ve ever thought of buying a floating home, I’ve already tripped over some of the hurdles you will face. So hop on board – hopefully you will enjoy the ride.
I have shared my story of this floating home remodel and accidental flip in my eBook “Sleepless in Portland.” Just subscribe to our monthly design newsletter and you will be sent a link to view all the photos and stories in my eBook.
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