Houseboat is an interesting idea to create a place for summer or weekend rest for the whole family. Not only is it cheaper to build than a stationary brick house, but also guarantees a much more pleasant atmosphere and attractive relaxation conditions in direct contact with water. How much does a residential barge cost, and how much money do you have to put in maintaining it?
What affects the price of a houseboat?
Building a houseboat is similar to building a traditional summer cottage. It requires providing a place, obtaining appropriate location permits and ordering a project from a professional architect. Although the final location of the object is the surface of the water reservoir, the basic structure is made on land. This also does not cause large differences in the cost of building a house on the plot and on the floating platform. However, the similarities end there. It is the floating platform that is one of the factors that determine the final price of building a Dutch house on the water. The cost of the platform depends on its dimensions. Therefore, it can be assumed that the larger the house will have, the more you will have to pay for the base with swimmers. If there is a residential barge in the construction plan, the price of a platform with dimensions e.g. 4 x 6 m will be PLN 23,000. A house on water with a larger usable area also requires a larger platform. Then you have to reckon with additional costs of up to PLN 42,000. A floating platform is just the first step on the list of costs for building a house on water. Another is the price of the house project on the water, the cost of purchasing materials and workmanship, as well as equal additional costs.
The price of building a houseboat and the cost of maintaining it
People who are planning to build a houseboat are certainly thinking about the cost of such an investment. Since this is a relatively new and still not very popular solution, information about it is limited. However, it is estimated that the price of construction is comparable to putting a Dutch house on a plot. The basic structure of the building is made of the same materials and similar technology. The basis is not a dry ground, but a floating platform, which brings additional advantages. One of them is the lack of the need for special insulation that will protect the interior of the building from moisture from the ground. The cost of a house on the water can certainly also be reduced by the price of energy, water or gas connections. The building on the platform is indeed equipped with installations, but does not require permits from the gas plant or power plant, and incurring connection fees. In traditional construction, these are significant amounts. On the other hand, the lack of some permanent solutions affects operating costs. This applies, inter alia, to filling the utility water tank, emptying the tank for waste, mooring fees, fuel for the generator, etc. The barge on the polyethylene platform should also be removed from the water during the winter, so that ice does not damage the floats. This in turn means additional costs for “parking” on land.