Tour This Houseboat on The Rockaways
“We built it to have every modern convenience, so in that way, it doesn’t feel different than our old Brooklyn apartment. We wanted it to feel like a real home and not like we were living on a boat,” shares Margaret. The house boasts a full-sized bathroom and kitchen, two outdoor patios, and a spacious bedroom and living area.
Adam describes the home as “bohemian modernism with coastal accents.” Bohemian is a nod to the maker culture in Rockaway; coastal touches speak to traditional boat design; and modernism shows up in the space’s clean lines.
The home is filled with custom- and artisan-made pieces, including the massive front door. “We built it oversized to open up onto our entryway and stairway. The whole house, in a way, opens up so there’s a way to quickly get in touch with the water and our surroundings,” says Adam.
“Unlike a lot of New York residences, it’s very much an indoor-outdoor home,” agrees Margaret. “We have these big awning windows that we open up, the big front door, the big patio doors on the second floor, and in the warm weather, which is when we’re here the most, it so fits our love of nature and our desire to be outside.” The boat is located on a fishing dock. Different species of migratory birds frequent the neighborhood throughout the warmer months. When the weather is nice and the sun is out, being on the houseboat is akin to a day at the beach or spending time in the nearby wildlife refuge. “We try to have as many of those moments as possible,” adds Adam.
⚒ Do It Yourself
Think outside the box Adam and Margaret repurposed recycled doors into large awning windows. They hung them horizontally instead of vertically and added a mechanical hinge. Don’t be afraid to use an item for a different-than-intended purpose.
Take inspiration from your surroundings The Kairu house’s exterior and interior design were inspired by its location among nature.
🛍 Shop It Out
Inchyra Blue Modern Emulsion Paint, $115, Farrow & Ball
RUNNEN Decking, $24.99, IKEA
Go-Cart Rolling Counter Table, $179, CB2
Washed Linen Curtain, $189, Parachute
Simone Double Sconce, $379, School House Electric