No, really. Folks use the expression, “I live on or by the water”, to mean next to a lake, river or oceanside home, but when I say on the water, this really is on the water. An article written by Sarah Amelar in last Sunday’s NY Times, chronicled Sarah and Kimo Bertram’s pursuit of a home in the San Francisco area, still a hotbed for real-estate, and how their new and unusual digs came about. What makes this so interesting, is that this is a lovely 2,100 sq.ft. home, and that it was built for about $400,000. We are talking San Franciso here, where average building costs are $275-$300 per sq. ft. for average construction, so even with architectural fees and fees associated with mooring, it still seems pretty reasonable for such a unique home. This is a light filled home, built in a boatyard over a six month period. The house sits on a stabilizing barge, and was first rolled down a boat ramp where thankfully it floated before being towed during a three hour trip to its final mooring in Mission Creek, a rapidly growing part of the Bay Area. In a quick nod to the community they are now a part of, the neighbors all turned out to “catch a line and dock it safely.”
The house was constructed by Bart Elmer and the architect was Robert Nebolon. The design consists of a saw toothed roof structure on top of a metal sided house, strongly influenced by the look of an industrial loft. The couple, both who grew up around water, are soon expecting a baby, and love living on amid seals and seabirds.
Photos by Matthew Millman for the NY Times
Putra Salahin Furniture from Bali
The French House pendant lights in kitchen
Bonelli (San Francisco) custom shower enclosure and house windows
Golden Gate paint color for staircase formula by Sherwin Williams. This link provides an interesting history about how and why the color was chosen for the iconic bridge where I definitely left my heart on visits there.
All exterior siding and paints were selected to withstand the harsh marine environment.