Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects
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Lake Union Float Home.  Sunset view from the water. industrial-exterior

Lake Union Float Home. Sunset view from the water.

Seattle Architects - Modern,

Featured in the Jan. 2012 issue of Northwest Home Magazine, and the Aug. 29 th 2014 edition of Pacific Northwest

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One of the big challenges of building a floating house is the size constraints. The home is limited by the size of the float and a height restriction, in this case 22 feet. These constraints, along with the industrial history, inspired a boxy design. "It's a storage crate aesthetic," describes Nelson. The homeowner calls this place "The Floating Cannery."The owners are also able to pull their Cobalt boat right up to the house, making it easy to hop in and head for the San Juan Islands.
For reasons of stability, houseboats are usually quite boxy. They also tend to have lots and lots of windows — all the better to enjoy those views.

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February 11, 2015
I wanted to do one of these...dig a lake and voila!!
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January 28, 2015
how great is this
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December 22, 2014
floating houses are getting more and more popular
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August 16, 2014
Exterior design and interior.
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July 19, 2014
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June 20, 2014
Awesome boat house
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May 15, 2014
Good plan.
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Floating boat house on Lake Union, in Seattle.
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Seattle Architects - Modern Featured in the Jan. 2012 issue of Northwest Home Magazine
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July 31, 2013
floating boat with cobalt, too!
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Floating house?!
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Love this house
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February 5, 2013
The river boat dock:))))))))
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Some pad
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January 13, 2013
Boat Houses that float
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December 16, 2012
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December 7, 2012
This place is so cool! More pics available.
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San Juan Islands, WA
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floating house - my dream!!
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House on water
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September 18, 2012
It's perf.
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September 10, 2012
Everything you need, nothing you don't.
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September 10, 2012
love the roof top view. It looks sturdy
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September 10, 2012
Modern houseboat Seattle. Steel beems. Architect
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September 9, 2012
house boat!
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Design and locale!!!
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September 6, 2012
I could live here
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September 5, 2012
The materials and the windows
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roof terrace and front deck
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Boat House
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OMG Heaven..
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August 1, 2012
industrial floating home in seattle
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July 29, 2012
garage wall
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July 25, 2012
Nice :)
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This is it 2
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July 19, 2012
wood with black
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June 25, 2012
How about a house on the lake?
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June 25, 2012
Absolutely stunning! Creative use of space and materials
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Seattle Home on the bay
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시애틀의 수상가옥
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love everything about this house
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June 14, 2012
One of the big challenges of building a floating house is the size constraints. The home is limited by the size of the float and a height restriction, in this case 22 feet. These constraints, along with the industrial history, inspired a boxy design. "It's a storage crate aesthetic," describes Nelson. The homeowner calls this place "The Floating Cannery."
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love it
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June 14, 2012
they used glass garage doors as windows in this floating house
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June 13, 2012
I love the water , being on it , near it and living on the water oh my ! its the most amazing concept I have ever seen the space the design every concept you would have in a larger space and on water .
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June 13, 2012
always wanted to live on a houseboat..
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cool floating home
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Casa flotante
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Crate home. Looks awesome!
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