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The windows pf the boat are designed to not only provide views of the lake, but also to act as in-water planters called "floating islands", planters that are suspended in the water and made from a recycled plastic material that allows the roots of plants to grow through and eventually extend to the water below creating fish habitat. (Image: Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

Houseboat of Our Dreams: Complete with underwater window, "floating islands"

*Each day this week we are going to be featuring homes from the 2016 Seattle Modern Home tour, which took place this weekend. Next in line? Only the coolest houseboat ever.

This houseboat has a dramatic history - and we're not talking Bachelor drama, we're talking REAL drama. In 2007 the original boat burned down, and remained on the water as just a burnt shell until early 2015 (yikes).

But beneath it in the water, 22-year-old growth cedar logs were perfectly preserved - everything else had been lost. Owners Bill and Gloria Bloxom decided to do something about it in 2011, and began working with Michelle Lanker of Lanker Design, and designer Gloria Andrade to not only rebuild - but to make sure every part of the home was upgraded with a sustainable viewpoint.

The result? See for yourself - it's spectacular (sorry Sleepless in Seattle houseboat - you've been replaced as our fav boat on Lake Union). Here are just some of the sustainable additions made for all you enviro-nerds out there:

  • The walls and roof are designed with maximum insulation thicknesses and minimum air leakage
  • The exterior materials have been chosen for minimum maintenance and maximum durability
  • The exterior cement fiber wall paneling is installed as a rain screen system to prevent any possible moisture infiltration
  • Two-thirds of the roof is covered by a 5.32 KW solar array, installed over a standing seam metal roof. The final third is a vegetated roof system to help further insulate the interior space.

And inside? It just gets cooler. The old growth cedar logs we talked about above were salvaged and incorporated into the dramatic curved ceiling and other built-in elements. The windows pf the boat are designed to not only provide views of the lake, but also to act as in-water planters called "floating islands".

Eeek! Sorry, we just love this - back to business though, what on earth is a floating island?

These planters, suspended in the water from the deck structure, are made from a recycled plastic material that allows the roots of plants to grow through and eventually extend to the water below creating fish habitat. Not only that, but the material also allows friendly bacteria to colonize in it - feeding on the excess nutrients in the water, cleaning it and discouraging algae growth that might suffocate it.

And of course all this is really amazing but...pics or it didn't happen! The designers took that into account to, and created the concrete float of the home to become an observation room of sorts, so the owners and guests can study and take a peek at their floating island through an underwater window.

So I guess we lied when we said this was preview one modern home a day....this one has GOT to count for two, right? The people home and then the accompanying fish and friendly bacteria home too, right?

BRB, nerding out. We love Seattle.

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