Floating Home Gets a Gorgeous Makeover

Flippers Megan and Mike take on a huge renovation project with a house built on a barge that needs some serious help before it can actually float. And the inside of the house? Well, let’s just say that’s a work in progress, too.  

Photo By: ISAAC FENTER

Photo By: ISAAC FENTER

Photo By: ISAAC FENTER

Photo By: ISAAC FENTER

Before: House Exterior

Megan and Mike bid on this barge house in Madisonville, LA without ever actually seeing the inside. 

Our Flippers

The pair put down $2,500 in the hopes of turning a major profit. What exactly did they find when they stepped through the front door? 

Before: Dining Nook

…Basically a complete gut job. After taking a look around, the pair realizes that at some point, the house actually flooded, and anything below the home’s flood line has to be removed.

Before: Kitchen

The kitchen came with a refrigerator!—which is completely unusable. Cheap cabinetry, dated appliances and the discovery of mold lead the duo to decide big money will need to be spent in order to vastly improve the space. 

Before: Master Bedroom

The bedroom on the main floor has potential given the decent size and en suite bathroom. Mike and Megan will attempt to save money in the bathroom as the basics, including plumbing, are salvageable. But the space is definitely due for a cosmetic makeover. 

Moving Time

After the barge is repaired—it was riddled with holes—it’s time for the BIG move. Getting this thing in the water takes a knowledgeable crew, several oversized airbags and a little bit of luck. 

The Crew

Mover Warren Davie helps organize Megan and Mike's move across the water. 

In The Water

Isn’t this the coolest thing you’ve ever seen? The team makes moving a house on water look easy. 

Paint Job

Once the move is completed, the real work begins for Megan and Mike as they renovate the entire structure—including the second floor bedroom—from the inside out. 

After: House Exterior

Finally, the home is ready. Let’s take a look!

After: Living Room

Step through the front door and you’re greeted by the driftwood wall, created with pieces Megan salvaged after a particularly intense storm. Turning lemons into lemonade, the décor fits in perfectly with the nautical theme of the rest of the home.

After: Kitchen

Bright white cabinets, new appliances and a DIY island take this kitchen to the next level. The chalkboard wall adds an element of personalization that gives future homeowners the opportunity to truly make the space their own.

After: Dining Nook

Before the renovation, the home lacked a designated dining room. But, Megan and Mike saw potential for a cozy dining nook right off the kitchen.

After: Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is now a gorgeous oasis with elegant French doors and a private entrance to the deck, which wraps around the entire house for optimal views of the water. The new and improved en suite also adds to the value of the property and completes the main floor renovation. The only thing left to do is set up a hammock and it’s officially paradise! 

After: Second Bedroom

As for the second floor, it was the least damaged room in the house. Once Megan and Mike put in the spiral staircase and properly decorated the space, it was move-in ready. Bonus: The bathroom had a Jacuzzi tub! (It desperately needed to be cleaned out. The bugs and dirt didn’t exactly fit with the relaxed atmosphere of the rest of the home.)