MetroShip Re-Invents the Houseboat with Pre-fab Design and Modern Exterior and Interior

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MetroShip, designed by pre-fab pioneer David Ballinger, is the first truly modern designed houseboat in production. Using translucent thermal wall panels and an open floor plan as well top of the line appliances from Gaggenau and Viking, the MetroShip is more like a New York City loft space than a houseboat.

A new contemporary luxury houseboat, MetroShip, launches to the public, re-inventing houseboat design with modern New York City loft style interior and modern exterior that's never been seen before in the boating or yacht industry.

MetroShed pre-fab pioneer and product designer, David Ballinger set out to buy a modern houseboat 7 years ago. Ballinger found nothing and set about asking the largest houseboat builders in America to build something for his personal use. After several years of meetings and conference calls he realized that if he was going to get a truly modern houseboat and not 'RV of the Sea' he would have to design and build it from scratch. The result is a modern boating masterpiece in production just north of Atlanta, GA under the management of master boat builder, Ray Davenport.

The MetroShip features a unique open floor plan, more in keeping with an open loft space in Tribeca. The MetroShip modern houseboat has a media center to make most audiophiles and techies drool - from ultra high-end Cyrus Audio British stereo components to Jamo Danish in-wall speakers to the HD projector that not only acts as a High Definition movie theater, but also as an extra large computer monitor for internet and e.mails as well as an entertainment center for the kids to play Nintendo Wii games on a big screen. The unique houseboat layout has a central kitchen and bathroom that divides the living room from master bedroom - all with central air conditioning and heat - all remote controlled. The kitchen is a large 8 foot by 5 foot island with breakfast bar and top of the line appliances from Gaggenau and Viking. The bathroom is the epitome of design and functionality, from a full size shower, full size toilet and LG steam washer dryer. Even the faucet in the Italian vanity is touch-free to conserve water. The furniture is all 'green' - using recycled frames and remnant fabrics made by sister company, MetroSofa.

Designer David Ballinger commented, "The MetroShip represents 7 years of boat design and planning to utilize unique materials for a houseboat application. I wanted to incorporate the manufacturing efficiencies of our pre-fab buildings (MetroShed) into a luxury aluminum hull houseboat product. From the moment you walk on to the MetroShip you immediately forget you're on a boat - the ceiling is high and the space is open. No other houseboat has the same feel. Light was the key factor to the MetroShip houseboat design - most houseboats have lots of windows to let light in - but the result is a very poor looking design. We use transulent thermal aluminum walls to achieve a clean linear look but most importantly a light and airy space during the day and a stunning looking boat design at night. This is certainly a product where the design has evolved from solving problems - Philippe Starck would be proud."

The MetroShip comes with a single outboard or dual outboard engines for easy maintenance and even the roof deck is structural for outdoor living. The MetroShip represents a new way of houseboat liveaboard - in comfortable, not cramped living quarters. The MetroShip modern house boat is a floating condo for metropolitan urban areas like New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto and Chicago, as well as for lake use on Lake Cumberland, Lake Shasta, Lake Powell, Lake Mead, Lake Tahoe, Lake Havasu, Lake Shelbyville, Lake Sidney Lanier, Dale Hollow Lake and Lake of the Ozarks.

GDM ltd. is the home of the pre-fab modern garden shed, the MetroShed as well as home to MetroSofa furniture and now in keeping with its cutting edge modern design, the new modern houseboat, the MetroShip.

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