houseboat Cattach Jr.
1946 / 2012 – 2016
It is something else: an interior report. And not just one, but one of my own. I currently do not live in a house or apartment, but on a boat. My friend and I had nothing to do with boats or shipping. From the age of 16, my parents rented a pleasure yacht in France in the summer, which was the closest to water I came. Because actually I don’t like water so much, you won’t see me much in a swimming pool.
Water all around
But it appealed to me. As an architect, it is special such a boat. You have to take very different things into account. For example, you cannot use a spirit level. If you shift something heavily or break something off, it is possible that you are slightly different than before. Or that you can only place windows above a certain height, although it would be nice to have such a watertight window with a view of the fish …
Loft on the water
In 2009 the time had come, we knew that this boat was for sale and we were both in love with it. The first months we were already demolishing and rebuilding. We have disposed of everything right down to the steel, better insulated and created one large space. The long cupboard wall is striking in the living room, which runs more than 15 meters long from the bar cupboard, kitchen, storage space to bathroom along the side. Marble is used as splashback in the kitchen and Artemide Tolomeo’s provide the lighting.
‘t Schoon Verdiep
In Antwerp they have a “Schoon verdiep” (beautiful floor) in the town hall, but in a boat in Schoten there is also one. Because one of the aspects that we liked about the boat was the old skipper’s house. There is another bed, a French bed. There used to be two, one for the parents and one for the children. This is where my desk is located, with a beautiful view of the water and greenery.
And there were things about the boat that convinced us about the purchase: the engine and the terrace. The spot is unique, we are in the green and yet close to supermarkets and motorways. The wheelhouse at the back is open and then a large terrace. In the summer you can see the large carps swimming past. And under that terrace is the original engine: a three-cylinder ABC engine of 120hp. He makes a beautiful sound.
The boat is now for sale, it is completely ready. (update: it was sold) It was starting renovating again in the boat or starting another project. Coincidentally we have found an apartment in Antwerp where we can use our renovation skillz again.
1946 / 2012 – 2016
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