Tiny house to floating house vacation rentals

Part of the allure of getting away is to experience a different environment and that includes the architecture of the place you’re staying. It may not be possible to live full-time in a tiny house the size of a bedspread or a floating house on the river, but it’s fun to spend a few days there.


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Here’s the fourth in a series of travel stories spotlighting the architecture of vacation stays.

Portland-based Vacasa compiled a list of the most famous architectural styles and matched each to one of the 25,000 vacation rental properties it manages across the U.S.

We also looked at Airbnb, Vrbo, TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Hotels.com and other online travel agencies to see what’s being offered.

Before you start a trip after the two-week freeze has been lifted, check govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19 for the most current travel recommendations and best practices to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Also read 10 things to consider before going back outside during the coronavirus pandemic in Oregon.

For all of Oregon, face coverings are required for everyone five and older in indoor public spaces and outdoors anywhere physical distancing isn’t possible.

Each vacation rental should state its contactless, safety and disinfecting protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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For more vacation homes in different architectural styles, check back on Fridays for places to stay that represent A-frame, Art Deco, Adobe, Cape Cod, Craftsman, Contemporary, Dome, Farmhouse, Log cabin, Lighthouse, Modern, Ranch, Treehouse, Tudor, Victorian and other styles.

Floating House

The fancy floating homes we see today sprang from humble fishing shacks, anchored to river banks or plopped on tethered logs. Now, storied abodes, resting on highly engineered concrete platforms, rise to the sky.

The original shacks used by fishermen and independent thinkers were heated with an oil burner or a wood stove. They had tar-paper roofs, basic lapboard siding and wood floorboards, and no insulation.

Over time, with the introduction of moorages, dock systems and yacht clubs, houseboats evolved into floating homes, and that meant licenses, leases and personal property taxes. The modest getaways became luxury waterfront houses with spacious decks.

Don’t call a floating house, anchored to a semi-permanent location on the water, a “houseboat” unless it truly is a live-aboard vessel that has its own motor and is free to travel the waterways.

Tomahawk Island cozy houseboat in Portland: This floating tiny home, described by the owner as “a little slice of paradise,” is docked at the Tomahawk Island Marina on Hayden Island.

The simple studio has an upgraded kitchenette and the basic bathroom has a shower and toilet. The outdoor deck space overlooks the Columbia River.



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Tiny House

Tiny House

A wide range of dwellings can be called a tiny house. That is, almost anything with a roof, walls and less than 400 square feet of living space.

A garden shed kit sold on Amazon went viral when promoted as a tiny house.

People do live comfortably in shed-size spaces. Tiny house pioneer and author Dee Williams of PAD (Portland Alternative Dwellings) became famous for living for a decade with her dog in a handmade home with 86 square feet of space.

At conferences around the world, Williams would point to a full-size bed sheet laying before her. “That’s my life-size floor plan,” she said. “Take a tour.”

She has since downsized to 56 square feet. No wonder Portland is considered a tiny house epicenter.

Mount Hood-view tiny house in Sandy: The tiny home, designed with well-placed windows to capture views, sits on 23 private acres but is still only a mile from U.S. Hwy. 26 in Sandy’s city limits.

The bitty abode has natural cedar siding, reclaimed hardwood floors and doors, live edge counters and other craftsman handiwork.



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— Janet Eastman 5/8 503-294-4072

— Janet Eastman 5/8 503-294-4072

[email protected] 5/8 @janeteastman


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