Renovation of 'de dageraad' Amsterdam
In January 2009, we bought the barge 'Dageraad' while it lay frozen in the neighborhood of Bremen. It took some weeks before the ice melted and a course could be set for the Netherlands.
The ship was delivered to the Talsma wharf in Heeg, where it lay still for a year. In this period, we spent enormous energy on the design and concept of its new form and obtaining the necessary permits to convert it into a houseboat and Bed&Breakfast. We busied ourselves that year with demolition as and when it was possible, but the real work began only after the permits came in. The ship was then cut down to the maximum allowed length for its current mooring of 35 meters and fully gutted. We started with an empty hull and rebuilt from there, with full respect for the ship's form. The new construction of the houseboat has kept the form of a roof, steering cabin and 'kitchen'. The access to the roof deck (entrance of the Bed & Breakfast) has been renovated but kept its original form. Much thought was put into to retaining the history of this ship while maximizing the space inside and getting it into a modern and comfortable houseboat.