Bonnie from Wakefield, Quebec, Canada lives part-time in a beautiful tiny house boat. The River Den, or La Tannière, is a custom-built house boat docked on the shore of the Gatineau River (at the time of writing). It is 33 ft. long by 11 ft. wide, with 23 ft. of indoor space, and just enough room to move about freely, even on the sleeping loft upstairs. No crouching here!
It has custom-made asymmetrical and circular windows, a classic ship’s wheel, antique wood burning fireplace, hand-built furniture, a shower, a dry composting toilet that separates liquids and solids, plus a water pump that draws water from the river for washing. The boat uses a deep cycle marine battery that provides 12-V power for the lights and lasts about a month before it’s replaced. One of this house boat’s best features is the loft that opens up onto a wide rooftop patio with a cedar deck, perfect for lounging, sunbathing, reading, or yoga. It has a space ready for solar panels when Bonnie decides to have them installed. The boat also has a motor which means it can be taken out on the river, and the wedge roof on the loft can be taken apart if she wants to transport it to another location via the road.
Bonnie and her boat builder friend, Denis Tremblay, designed the quaint and cozy boathouse. She lives in it whenever it’s not being rented out on Airbnb Canada. Bonnie has taken living on the banks of the river on a whole new level. It’s definitely the most charming boat house around!
Check out Bonnie’s from scratch tiny house boat: