Denise Draper loved the spot she found in 1999 at the end of the Portage Bay marina, she just wasn't that big of a fan of the floating home situated there. She bought it anyway and completely rebuilt the 1-BR, which is up for sale for $1.25M.
In rebuilding the floating house, Draper said the two must-have features she wanted were radiant floor heat and a roof deck. And so, architect Ryan Mankoski of Ninebark Design Build, interior designer Kim Mankoski and local builder Dyna Contracting helped redesign the house, including the aforementioned features as well as stone countertops, heated marmoleum floors, extensive storage and salvaged fir & cedar finishes throughout.
One of the few features to survive from the initial design, the look-right-through-the-house-from-the-dock aesthetic.
Draper says the ideal buyer "is a single person or a couple who loves the immediacy of the surroundings --- the water, and everything on it, is 'right there.'" Potential buyers should be aware you'll be part of a friendly co-op, which includes neighbors who will be more than happy to help as you learn the lay of the land, or water, as it were.
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