REHAU windows and doors have been installed in a luxury houseboat in Belfast, providing a clean and bright finish to the Scandinavian inspired boat, while keeping it cosy and warm inside.
Now listed on Air B&B as one of the top featured properties in Northern Ireland, the boat – affectionately known as Nolly – was once destined for the scrapyard. She was rescued by newly retired couple Gillian and David Campbell, who bought the barge as a renovation project with the intention of transforming her into a houseboat to be moored in the marina of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. As well as being a home for the Campbell’s, it can also be rented out as two apartments.
The Campbells’ fell in love with houseboats when they travelled to Copenhagen as they were so cosy. So, when they retired they took on a project to build their own houseboat. They needed a big and wide barge which would provide the base for a spacious and light living space, and when they found Nolly they knew she was perfect for their requirements.
Nolly was not without her challenges though, and there was a lot of renovation work to be done as they essentially had to strip her back to the steel and rebuild her from scratch.
While some of the boat’s original portholes could be salvaged for reuse on internal doors and walls, the exterior windows all needed replacing with new ones. When consulting with the project team about options, they were very particular about the aesthetics of the new windows and also their ability to retain heat and reduce condensation.