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A River Runs Through It: A Family’s Barge-Turned-Houseboat on the Thames

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A River Runs Through It: A Family’s Barge-Turned-Houseboat on the Thames

August 17, 2022

As anyone who’s ever looked to purchase a home in a bustling metropolis can tell you, the real estate market can be put-up-your-dukes competitive. May we suggest expanding your options and taking a page from Claire and Alistair Langhorn, who bought a 1950s Dutch barge on the Thames and converted the 2,150 square-foot floating space into chic living quarters for their family of four?

Of course, it may help if you’re an architect (like Claire and Alistair, who are directors of LAB Architects) and already have experience with such conversions (LAB’s headquarters are on a barge just up the river from the houseboat). When the pair toured the commercial boat, which in its former life traveled the European waterway shuttling coal and grains, they saw, both literally and metaphorically, an empty vessel in which they could design a family home—complete with a playful wing for their two kids, a peaceful suite for the couple, and a glass conservatory, to boot.

Now that their children are grown, Claire and Alistair are selling their floating abode. (You can find the listing on The Modern House.)

Let’s take a tour.

Photography courtesy of The Modern House.

the couple named the boat bosco. it&#8\2\17;s moored in battersea, a distri 9
Above: The couple named the boat Bosco. It’s moored in Battersea, a district in South London.
in a clever reference to the barge&#8\2\17;s former life, claire and alista 10
Above: In a clever reference to the barge’s former life, Claire and Alistair designed a steel and glass conservatory (“a winter garden”) that mimics the dimensions of a standard shipping container.
the houseboat is listed for £\1.8 million. 11
Above: The houseboat is listed for £1.8 million.
inside the conservatory, the couple&#8\2\17;s houseplants thrive. 12
Above: Inside the conservatory, the couple’s houseplants thrive.
bamboo blinds provide privacy and shade. 13
Above: Bamboo blinds provide privacy and shade.
the boat comes with a \1\20 year mooring on oyster pier in battersea. 14
Above: The boat comes with a 120-year mooring on Oyster Pier in Battersea.
appropriately, the kitchen is galley style. 15
Above: Appropriately, the kitchen is galley style.
lab architects bosco houseboat thames modern house 9
Above: One of two living areas below deck that separate the primary suite from the kids’ rooms. (For more on the chic TV, see The New Serif TV by the Bouroullec Brothers for Samsung.)
oak parquet flooring and a sophisticated, calming gray elevate the primary bedr 17
Above: Oak parquet flooring and a sophisticated, calming gray elevate the primary bedroom.
there are three staircases: one leading down to the primary bedroom, another to 18
Above: There are three staircases: one leading down to the primary bedroom, another to the living areas, and a third to the children’s bedrooms.
a playful recreation room. 19
Above: A playful recreation room.
a cozy kid&#8\2\17;s bedroom. 20
Above: A cozy kid’s bedroom.
plaster walls and victorian tiled floor in the bathroom. 21
Above: Plaster walls and Victorian tiled floor in the bathroom.
bosco, seen from the side, in all its glory. 22
Above: Bosco, seen from the side, in all its glory.

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