Houseboat Plans Layout - maximize space and storage on house boats?

by Bill

Houseboat Plans Layouts - maximize space, storage on house boats

Houseboat Plans Layouts - maximize space, storage on house boats

Looking at houseboat building plans and layouts, and how to maximize space and storage on house boats. Is it a good idea to have the hallway running down one side of the boat?

Does the hall need to be down the center of the craft, or can I put it running along the port or starboard side?

I feel it would maximize the space, and allow for larger rooms.

Thanks, Bill.

Reply - Answer
Well Bill, welcome to the houseboat forums, and you have asked a very good question, since many of the houseboat manufacturers are now using the port or starboard hallway to allow maximizing the available space.

If you are designing a houseboat with many smaller bedrooms, than I would recommend using the center hallway floor plan, as it allows you to make a square style room, instead of longer rectangular rooms.

Both designs are good, and it ultimately depends on your families needs and space requirements. I find that when you run the hallway down the port or starboard side, you can take advantage of the windows and sun light to give you a brighter appearance or ambience.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their tips and experiences with houseboat floor plans and layouts. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found near the bottom of this page.

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extra storage in houseboats
by: Stardust 1

We are all looking for storage especially if you spend a lot of time in the boat. We just added a platform bed in the master and it gave us lots of storage for off season bedding and clothes or anything else we don't need to get to that often.

So if you don't have one, or are building, plan on adding that to your plans. Took about 2 hours for us to build!

That's a great tip, since we did the same thing, and it creates a huge storage space for less frequently used items. Thanks for the tip Stardust 1.

IAN from

Houseboat Hallways
by: Poppa Joe

Bill, I am attempting to build a pontoon houseboat and plan to use side areas for hallways so I will have more berth or bedroom space.

Also plan to have the stairs to roof area run up the "long" wall on rear deck area. Wish I knew more about what I am doing then perhaps I could help more but learnig as I go "the good old hard way".

Have lots of people with suggestions and advice but lots of it just will not work. If I find any good sites I will pass them along to you.

Good Luck, Poppa Joe
joebettyaustin @

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