MetroShip recently launched its 42-foot GlassHouseboat that offers 360-degree views with a New York loft style floorplan. The houseboats are designed by British-born designer David Ballinger. Ballinger is famous for the MetroShed, MetroShip Neiman Marcus 50th Anniversary His & Hers Gift Edition, and now the 42-foot MetroShip GlassHouseboat, which will join a growing family of American-made boat products by Ballinger.
MetroShip’s GlassHouseboat was inspired by Phillip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, Conn. It is a guest suite structure that features glass around the entire structure and an enclosed bathroom.
The GlassHouseboat features an open floor plan with incredibly high ceilings for a houseboat, giving it the feel of a much larger space. It is more like a floating hotel suite, including the contemporary interior design.
“We want to get as far away from the ‘RV of the Sea’ as we can,” says Ballinger.
The glass is all double-glazed with ultra efficient LG minisplit heat/AC units onboard. Flat screens, a full workable kitchen island, oversized contemporary bathroom and even a walk-in closet was given to the GlassHouseboat as a result of customer feedback.
The first 42-foot GlassHouseboat was delivered to Washington, DC, where it is attracting a lot of attention as the next generation of houseboat. With the average cost of a typical houseboat being over $400,000, the 42-foot MetroShip GlassHouseboat starts at around $100,000 depending on engines and options. The GlassHouseboat is truly revolutionary and a cost effective alternative to land living. For more information visit www.metro-ship.com.