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The first self-sustainable floating house in Bocas del Toro

Those who prefer to be closer to water, and have all the comforts at the same time, can consider this option seriously both for vacation and permanent living. 

Features: 

  • Engine: None
  • 1 bedroom 
  • Beds: 1 queen-size + 1 ¾ bed
  • Bathroom: glass shower stall
  • Toilet: Compost
  • Kitchen: Mahogany
  • Body: Pine
  • Water source: Rain
  • Energy source: Solar

As usual, the location is everything. The houseboat is located between the islands of Bastimento and Solarte in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. The house is easily reached by boat and it is covered from cost by surrounding vegetation, which creates a comfy atmosphere of a private retreat, at the same time the house is not located in a remote area. 

Floating Area

The house foundation is made of 18 cement foam blocks, each is  6′ x 8′ x 2′ in its dimension. The blocks are interconnected with 30 angles of 4“ × 4” × 1/4“. The total floating area is 1,160 sq ft (107 sq. meters) 

Construction Area

The construction area is 497 sq.ft. (46 sq. meters). The entire area is supported by 5 columns. 

Underfloor space

All the engineering elements of the house are hidden below the underlayment and they are the heart of the houseboat: plumbing, the pump, water tanks, and the compost system.  

Houseboat construction

All the materials used in construction are of primary quality: pinewood body and frame of the house, mahogany wood doors, french windows that illuminate perfectly. In addition, there’s a designer’s bathroom with a glass shower stall. The modern toilet is a part of a complex compost system that the house contains. The rooftop is constructed to draw excess heat away, at the same time it protects from massive rain showers. A wooden balcony and a terrace are accessible through the staircase. The houseboat is anchored to the seabed on all four sides and resistant to the ocean currents. 

Amenities for everyday life

Kitchen: 

  • Fully-equipped kitchen;
  • Mahogany countertop
  • Four-burner gas stove
  • Breakfast bar
  • Cabinets
  • Refrigerator.

Bedroom: 

  • One queen-size and one three quarter beds; 
  • Wardrobe; 
  • Ceiling fan; 
  • The balcony that leads to a terrace; 

Other amenities:

  • Bathroom; 
  • Large glass windows, 
  • Navigation lights. 

Self-sustaining home

The house is fully sustainable from external sources. 200-gallon tanks are more than enough for a small family. There’s access to running water both in the kitchen and bathroom. 

Sun powers the entire house: four solar panels, each with 330W capacity that power a battery bank. The house was engineered in such a way that solar power is able to sustain daily life without a need to connect additional diesel generators. 

The toilet and the system behind it is the most impressive technology marvels that the house boasts with.  A composting system is fully integrated into the house, produces zero waste, and requires simple maintenance. 

So when you think that this entire house is fully independent of the coast and runs on renewable sources, it’s impressive. The maintenance costs are low when compared to a traditional house of a similar size.