One year on from moving aboard Narrowboat Swallow, I thought it would be fun to do some before and after shots to illustrate the changes I’ve made to my tiny floating home.
I’m really proud of the new entrance hatch, built by my friend Noah Rose. Here’s a little more about that.
When I bought the boat, there was no easy way in. Those oak doors were balanced over the engine compartment, but to the side were open holes down into the hull! Here are the steps dad built so we could get in and out.
What else has changed? Pretty much everything. Swallow started out as a shell – over the past year she’s gained (in order of installation) a stove for heating, 12v electrics for lighting, a gas boiler, a gas hob and grill, a new entrance hatch, running water, 12v electrical sockets and a whole new paint job. Looking back on the early pictures it’s hard to see how I ever thought I could live in this space, but one year on, everything works and she’s looking pretty darn cosy.