The Nut House

A completely customized houseboat

Published in the March 2018 Issue June 2018 Feature Heather Magda Serrano

Let’s be honest. Who hasn’t dreamed of building their own houseboat from the ground up with everything completely customized and built to your taste?

Well, Ty Angle dreamed of building his own custom houseboat for as long as he can remember and last September, his dream finally came to fruition when he put his brand-new, custom-made houseboat in the water.

On Lake Don Pedro in California at night, the Nut House literally lights up the lake, inspiring awe and admiration from all viewers lucky enough to witness it.

Since Angle is an almond farmer, that is how he first came up with the name for his houseboat. It just makes sense that a nut farmer’s houseboat would be named the Nut House. Angle also wanted people to go nuts (in a good way) when they saw it floating on the water.

Due to the overflowing excitement and colors spilling from every surface of the Nut House, I think it’s safe to say he succeeded in his goal. You can’t help but stop and stare at it because the entire place radiates with a contagious charm.

Realizing His Dream

Angle is a warm and friendly man with a free spirit, and he knew building the Nut House would give him the perfect place to gather and relax with his friends and family. The project took several years on and off to complete, but in the end, he couldn’t be happier with the way his breathtaking houseboat turned out.

He worked with California Building Structures Inc. (CBS) to build his custom-houseboat. CBS are a residential and commercial construction company based in Modesto, Calif. As such, they are experienced in houseboat construction and remodeling as well as metacrylics roof coating and solar. When they first learned about the project, they were excited and eager to do their best work.

Together with CBS, Angle made the Nut House a reality.

Talk Of The Town

Originally, Angle built another houseboat prior to the Nut House, but unfortunately something went wrong with that one and it wouldn’t float. They had to pull it out of the water immediately and the results ruined the boat.

This all took place at Lake Don Pedro, close to the small town of La Grange, Calif., a close-knit community where everybody knows everybody. Small towns like this don’t have secrets.

Word got around and soon everybody knew the boat didn’t float, so when they heard Angle was building the Nut House, everybody started talking about it. They were all counting the days until Angle finished the Nut House. Everybody wanted to be present when he put it in the water for the first time.

Among some of the townspeople there were naysayers betting the [Nut House] wouldn’t float, making it quite a popular topic of debate that continued to gather momentum all the way up until they launched the boat in September.

A Worthy Procession

The Nut House was famous in the city of La Grange long before Angle put it in the water, and when the day came to finally launch the much-anticipated vessel, everybody showed up to witness its maiden voyage.

“I didn’t know it was going to be that dramatic,” shared Brittney Ferrando, the photographer and videographer of CBS.

Ferrando was stunned at the number of people who showed up from La Grange to watch the launch. To add to the revelry, the Nut House was so large and so tall that they had to close down major roads when transporting it from CBS’s boatyard to Lake Don Pedro.

It took quite a number of people to transport the houseboat. Other people and companies that helped the custom houseboat make it to the launch site, aside from CBS employees, include the highway patrol, the Modesto Irrigation District (MID), the Turlock Irrigation District (TID), the Lake Don Pedro Rangers and the Valley Movers.

Five highway patrol cars escorted them from the boatyard to the lake along with the Valley Movers who ran alongside the boat the entire way, making sure nothing went wrong.

The MID and TID had to move the power lines along the road out of the way because of the boat’s remarkable height. They dropped the power lines along some stretches of road or used two boom trucks on either side with men raising power lines that couldn’t be dropped.

Then the Lake Don Pedro Rangers met the procession at the launch site, ready to help get the boat in the water. The Valley Movers continued to help launch the boat with the rangers.

“It took a lot more effort than I thought it would ever take to put a boat in the water,” admitted Ferrando.

The Nut House was successfully launched in Lake Don Pedro and the entire process was quite the display. Park rangers said they had never seen anything like it before.

It was a show that left everyone awestruck.

Spectrums Of Light

One of the more eye-grabbing details that sets the [Nut House] apart from other houseboats is its unique lighting.

The three different levels of the boat, both inside and out, all have different lighting settings that can be easily adjusted and changed using an iPad on the wall. So just with the tap or the swipe of your fingers you can change the whole flavor of your party.

Additionally, the bar upstairs also literally glows, which adds to the atmosphere. There are lights beneath the surface of the countertop and like everything else on the houseboat, they can be adjusted to taste.

The lighting and ambience of the houseboat are some of Angle’s favorite features in his new houseboat.

From top to bottom, there are countless different options for lighting with a rainbow of colors from which to choose. It’s super easy to play with until you find the perfect setting to match your mood.

Complete Customization

When Angle set out to build the Nut House, he wanted to build the biggest and best houseboat out there. For this reason, everything on the boat is completely customized.

“That boat’s pretty cool,” admired Ferrando. “Everything looks amazing and I don’t think I would change anything on it.”

Angle has created the perfect hang out for his family and friends. He thought of everything from the three different little mini fridges on the different levels to the two barbeques up top. It even has solar power.

He had a vision and knew exactly what he wanted. He wouldn’t stop until everything on his boat was perfect. Even if the process took a little longer in order to create his dream houseboat, in the end, it was totally worth it. The Nut House is undeniably brilliant and Angle is extremely pleased with how it turned out.

“I can’t find one thing I don’t like,” proclaimed Angle.

Photos provided by California Building Structures Inc.

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