HydroHouse mobile home design eliminates classic wheeled lifestyles


People, it’s simple. Some people just want to do things differently. One way to do this is to get yourself a van, motorhome, or mobile home and keep driving. A yacht designer, Max Zhivov, takes the design a step further and adapts it to be seaworthy.

The idea behind the project emerged after Zhivov read several seaplane pilot forums. After identifying a need for mobile on-water parking in the seaplane community, this yacht designer set out to meet that need by creating the HydroHouse (HH).

Sure, it might not look as gaudy as a yacht or other renderings you might have seen, but that’s exactly why it’s so neat. Because the HH is a fairly rudimentary design, it is also one that can be easily achieved with a good manufacturing line.

For a base, classic pontoon tubes run the entire length of the platform, with plenty of space in the back where you’ll park your seaplane. Once you’ve secured your plane, access to the rest of the houseboat is offered.

Like any classic pontoon-style vessel, the large deck includes plenty of space to walk around the central structure, while up front a sundeck can be fitted with a coffee table and two chairs. This section of the HH should also be used as a garage for small personal watercraft.

The second part of the story is the actual house. What I liked about this idea is the fact that the house appears to be made up of a few cargo containers. With such a construction, the HH can be transported using only two 18 wheels and must be assembled on site.

Entry into the house can be made both from the front and from the rear of the platform. At the back, you can enter through the garage and enter a main hallway that extends to the front. On one side of the house you will find a guest bedroom and a bedroom, while the other side sports the bathroom and the master bedroom. The front of the HH is intended for the living room, dining room and kitchen, all in an open concept configuration.

One thing you will find in the living room is a wheelhouse. From there you can direct the HH from one port to another. Maybe you decide that you have had enough of the ports and find a bay. Wherever you want to go, this is where you want it.

The designer has created an interior style for the house that is quite minimalist and clean, with gray fabrics and wood accents. In reality, if you ever order something like this, your taste will have the final say. One feature I recommend keeping is the upstairs living room.

If you haven’t noticed, the upper part of the HH is reserved for an outdoor lounge. Equipped with chairs and tables, this space offers plenty of space to mingle and entertain guests. A removable awning is also available in case things get too hot. This upper deck of the HH is supported by a simple skeleton lining the exterior of the main structure.

Again, this is a very simple design and is sure to fall within a reasonable price range. Personally, I would be willing to pay over $ 750,000 for something like this without the seaplane because I don’t have a license.


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