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A house shaped like a boat?

Updated: May 21

Now that's an interesting idea, and one I have previously entertained with regards to our home at Airlie Beach. Should you now go and google-search on 'boat-shaped house' or similar, then I think you'll be surprised at just how much is written on the topic (together with many pics).

What brought this back to top of mind is the following article that I recently noticed online:

The architectural practice mentioned in the article is 'Rob Mills Architecture & Interiors', who have an office in Eagle Street, Brisbane. I approached Rob's firm in order to learn a little about the process of signing up an accomplished architect, and to perhaps gain a brief intro to the boat-shaped house idea.

Rob said that the normal process would be for me (or for someone purchasing my property) to commission his firm to undertake the considerable amount of research required to prepare a Design Phase report. The cost of such a report would depend on a number of factors including, for example, the cost of works entailed, the likely commercial value of the finished project, and/or any special or additional services that might be requested by the client. It was suggested that a realistic price range in our case might be in the order of $150,000 - $200,000.

It was noted that the location of the property (in the Whitsundays region) would not constitute a hindrance for the firm to successfully complete the project. Rob did note however that they actively sought projects that were to be built upon parcels of land that were somewhat exceptional.

Rob cautioned against applying the house/boat idea too early on in the design process. Even should the house & land likely accommodate the concept, as far as maximising the likelihood of subsequent capital appreciation goes, a zany design may not be everyone's 'cup of tea'.

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