Here you can read more about our houseboat FREEDOM and how we have remodelled it in different ways. The houseboat is a passenger sloop from the early 1900s and has been used as a houseboat for the last few decades.
Our houseboat FREEDOM
We bought the houseboat in summer 2013. It is from the beginning of the 20th century, with little known history. When we bought it, it was in dire need of renovation and we worked on it for a whole year. In the summer of 2014, we lifted it up on land and worked around the clock for ten weeks to repaint the hull, build a completely new upper floor and replace all the panelling. The houseboat cannot be driven, but is moored at the quay and is simply a dwelling on water.
BeforeThe first picture shows the houseboat as we bought it. This is not the original design, but it has been rebuilt many times since the beginning of the 20th century.
AfterSecond picture shows the houseboat FREEDOM today! We started by changing some windows while the boat was in the water. Then we raised the houseboat on land for ten weeks and rebuilt pretty much everything. We then demolished the entire upper floor, built up a new floor and set up a new panel everywhere.
BeforeThe first picture shows the patio when we bought the boat. It was cosy, but it was a bit tricky because you could only get there from the lower deck, and not from the top floor.
AfterThe second picture shows the patio of the houseboat FREEDOM today. The new patio is higher and can be accessed directly from the upper floor.
Before: When we moved in, there was a very small washbasin, so you could hardly wash yourself.
After: We installed a larger washbasin in black and white, black toilet seat and new shower curtain, and installed a towel rail.
Before: Lower deck, as it looked before. Then there was a TV couch down here (agent's picture).
AfterWe converted the room into an exercise room and walk-in closet. We have covered the walls with laminate, laid new flooring, installed carpets, painted the walls, hanging new curtains and installing shelves and coat hangers.
Before: I boiler room there was previously an old boiler that didn't work, a manual sewage pump and shelves that made the room small and cramped.
After: We have got a new Nibe boiler, new water heater, new automatic sewage pump and washing machine with tumble dryer. We have also rewired all the cables, painted, built new shelves and put in new lighting.
Before: Living room was cosy, but small, uninsulated and with single-glazed windows.
AfterWe demolished the entire upper floor and built a new one, for the new houseboat FREEDOM. We widened, extended and raised, changed all the windows and added a door to the patio. In the end we got a new large living room.