Forever imprinting on hearts and minds is Otis Redding and his famous “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”, the nostalgic tune that reminds us to waste some time by the water. Otis was right, there is something about a houseboat that inspires unforgettable evenings beneath the purple and pink hues of a glorious sunset. So it’s not surprising that floating house neighborhoods are often chosen as the backdrops to classic romantic comedy’s like Sleepless In Seattle. With houseboat neighborhoods situated on lakes, rivers, and bays all over the world, it’s time to forget hotels and conventional houses and opt for a new perspective.
10. Stony Lake -Ontario, Canada
Two hours from Toronto in Peterborough County is Stony Lake, which consists of three interconnected lakes–Clear Lake to the southwest, Stony Lake in the center, and Upper Stony Lake to the northeast. For nature lovers looking to get away from urban centers, this sparsely populated area is the perfect refuge. The rocky banks present design challenges for floating houses, but GH3, a Toronto-based architecture firm, used these obstacles to their advantage. The boathouse, which has been featured in several design magazines and blogs, is used as photography studio. An altered version of the contemporary glass house, the structure gets constant natural diffused light. It also was built on a granite foundation in order to use its thermal mass to heat the space naturally, keeping it warm on winter days. Plus, the sliding glass windows allows for ventilation through the façade, sending in gentle breezes off the lake.