Best of 2014: Maine floating cabin is 240 square feet of heaven

Best of 2014: Maine floating cabin is 240 square feet of heaven

Yahoo editors selected this piece as one of the best of the year. It was first published in August 2014.

Can you imagine a more perfect little escape to dream about in the waning days of summer?

We can't. When we received an email from Maine Home+Design magazine about this charming floating cabin, dubbed Chateau Bathtub and the Redneck Yacht Club by its owners, we jumped at the chance to share it. (Click here or on a photo for a slideshow.)

Handmade by Foy Brown and his wife, Louisa, the 240-square-foot cottage was the fruit of a decade of work, just barely ready for their wedding night in 2010, writes Denise Dowling in the magazine. His family's business, J.O. Brown & Sons Shipyard, has been designing and building wooden boats for five generations.

Foy and Louisa Brown originally intended to rent it out for extra income, but -- sigh -- decided it was too good to share. "We realized that if you rent it to someone who gets snot-flying drunk, you're screwed no matter how much insurance you have," Foy Brown told the magazine. Now they live in it seasonally, tying it between North Haven piers for the winter.

Click here or on a photo for a slideshow of Foy and Louisa Brown's floating cabin in Maine.

And to see another fantastically unconventional home, a converted 1959 short bus, visit the Maine Home+Design website: