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Misty Robinson's Gypsy Wagon Houseboat

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 6:40 PM

The Gypsy Wagon Houseboat without the barge measures 10' by 16' and the upper deck and loft hang over 18" all the way around, supported by decorative brackets. The barge could be built any size, but I chose a hexagonal barge which is 25' side to side and 28' point to point. This gives room to walk around and gives space for 3, 4'x8' garden beds as well as two double 55 gallon drum rainwater collectors (this water will be filtered at the faucet and used for hand washing, dish washing and showering with biodegradable soaps). The greywater can be diverted into a holding tank under the barge and pumped up with a hand pump installed on the deck for watering garden beds. The hand pump will also be able to pump water from the water source (ie...pond or river) as long as it is fresh water. The fish emulsions, etc would be fantastic for the plants, as long as the houseboat is not in polluted water. There is a worm bin for composting, providing free fertilizer and fishing bait. The rear outer wall houses tankless water heater, twin propane tanks for hot water and a wall mounted propane heater in the living area. Windows and ceiling fans will cool the place in summer. Electricity is provided by roof mounted solar panels with a battery box on the upper deck under the roof overhang. Drinking water is provided via water cooler. The staircase houses a washer/dryer combo, laundry hamper, closet rack and drawers for storage. The bathroom has a pocket style door and is complete with a 3'x3' shower, composting toilet and rv sink. The upper loft boasts a generous bedroom measuring 10'4"x12'4" (minus the 2'x5' opening for the stairs). A large window swings open to reveal a 2'x13' deck and a 12'4"x5'8" grassy area for stargazing on clear nights. The optional attached barge is 14'x16' with a 2' walkway surrounding a grassy area perfect for the miniature chicken tractor that will hold 2 or 3 chickens for fresh eggs daily. Sit on the deck and catch fish for dinner, too. The barges are floating on pontoons made from recycled 2 liter sodabottles and orange plastic roadside netting. How cool would it be to live on this floating micro farm!?

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Reply Shirley
2:12 PM on July 30, 2017 
Misty Robinson- Can I pay you to draw these beautiful plans up. I love the French-like scrolled iron. I don't need it to float. You can reach me at:


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