Confused Direction’s Schwimmhaus, A Sustainable Green Designed Floating Houseboat Home

by Sherry Riter in New Home  

Please sit down in this big fluffy chair and let me tell you something.

Yeah, just like that…comfy?

You might want to put down the book and pay attention or you will miss my story.

Once upon a time there were two designers named Flo Florian and Sascha Akkermann from the German design firm called Confused Direction.

They had a plan that definitely wasn’t confused no matter which direction you approached it.

Then they created a model of the plan.

Eventually the plan that turned into a model became a reality called Silberfisch SchwimmHausBoot which means “Floating House Boat” in German.

Living on the water is a romantic mixture of natural elements. The designers wanted to have a natural balance in the floating home, so they blended locally-sourced materials to build it and flooded it with natural light.

The Schwimmhaus is a quality designed “home” houseboat where people can live as a permanent home. This fits perfectly with the tiny house idea because the houseboat is a relatively small space.

It has been designed to either stay docked on shore or float around.

There are two terraces to help expand the space or at least the feel of the space while connecting it to the outdoors.

One terrace is covered with grass that is growing green, thick and lush.

Let’s take a look inside…

Come on! We can go inside…

First stop is one of my favorite places in any home…the kitchen. Best of all about this kitchen is that it has a huge window that looks out at the beautiful view.

I also like the “whiteness” of the houseboat. White and blue are my favorite colors, so the white houseboat on the blue water…well, it is just lovely.

Because it is built with minimal walls, the appearance is open and the rooms appear larger.

It is also worth noting that the light streams in and gives the floating houseboat a fresh, airy ambiance.

With a sustainable green design, the Schwimmhaus is an alternative to high priced real estate for a house and motorhome for traveling because the houseboat is both combined into one.

Imagine falling asleep while being gently rocked by the waves.

Don’t get too comfortable.

It’s time for our visit to be over, so everyone get off the Schwimmhaus.

It was so nice to see yet another option in my new home pursuit.

Away they float.



Come on everybody, wave!

Still haven’t heard or seen enough about Confused Direction’s Schwimmhaus?

That’s okay. I wanted to see more too, so I found a video you can watch as well. Aren’t I just something else? I not only tell you a story, but I show you a movie too!


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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Skip_D February 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Very cool! I grew up knowing the feel of being rocked to sleep, with gentle waves lapping at the cypress planks of the hull beside my head… there's nothing like it!

Ohhhhh… and yes, you *are* something!!! 🙂


2 PJ February 16, 2012 at 11:09 pm


Love ya!


3 Leigh February 17, 2012 at 8:49 am

Love the simplicity of the design and the overall aesthetic. Great photos to complement the post too.


4 Dane Zeller February 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Where will we put my wife's 36 pair of shoes?


5 Dane Zeller February 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Where will we put my wife's 36 pair of shoes?


6 Joyce February 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

You are absolutely something else and I'm so glad you are. I love that head of yours. xox


7 Sue February 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Hi, love, love the houseboat. This is my husband's idea of heaven!


8 Janet Bradshaw July 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Are there “plans” for this houseboat that can be purchased?


9 The Redhead Riter July 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm


I don’t think there are any plans. It is a one-of-a-kind boat. I bet, however, if the price was right, they would come up with the plans!


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