He's a yacht builder by trade, so it's not surprising that when Steve White got into the market for a new home, he decided he'd like a home that floats.
White, the owner of Brooklin Boat Yard near Belfast, Maine, got his wish last year: His bright red, somewhat boxy-looking house is now floating next to a dock at the Front Street Shipyard in Belfast.
The Bangor Daily News has a report (see "Home sweet houseboat: Recycled shipping containers enliven Belfast waterfront," by Abigail Curtis). White ordered the shipping containers for his house through a company called SnapSpace Solutions, Inc., of Brewer, Maine, run by a man named Chad Walton.
"Walton's 3-year-old company specializes in taking shipping containers and recycling them into modular buildings, including homes, offices, dorms or even emergency shelter," reports the News. "Walton purchased the containers for White and cut the boxes into usable pieces, which were shipped to Brooklin. White hired a local contractor to build end walls, a new roof and to finish the interior. The houseboat is insulated and completely winterized, with a propane furnace and radiant heat in the floors."