A Tiny House On The River

Not all dreams of life on the water involve sails, starboard bows, trolling motors, or pontoons. Some, like that of Margy and Wayne Lutz involve just a floating foundation of cedar logs, a modest 675 sq.ft. cabin, and a secluded spot on the water in Hole in the Wall located on Powell Lake in Coastal British Columbia.

Floating CabinLike This Old Boat – a project by John Kolsun – the Lutz cabin was designed and built to be moored. While it can move it is not truly designed to. Rather it is designed to take advantage of a location more or less created by substantial logging and mining in the region.

Cedar Log FloatThe tiny house is completely off-grid and has water access only through a crude but functional pipe and hand spigot, well system. The remainder of utilities come from solar power, wind power, thermo electricity, and wood (for their heater). The Lutz cabin is the third one built by their friend John back in the mid-1990s. Margy and Wayne purchased the float cabin in 2001 for just $25,000.

While 675 sq.ft. may not sound very big it offers Margy and Wayne everything they need including a sizable living space, a lofted bedroom (with a large, double bed), a full bathroom (complete with compost toilet), and a full kitchen which runs primarily on propane.

Their outside living space is vast and gives them large overhang porches for enjoying afternoon showers and winter dustings, a dock big enough for a couple of boats and several water toys, a grilling and a picnic area.

Living Area

Former employees of a school district in Los Angeles both Margy and Wayne are now able to focus their energies on other pursuits. In addition to keeping many of the systems up and running Wayne is also an author penning Canadian stories of boating, hiking, and survival off the grid in coastal British Columbia. Margy is a consultant in grant writing working primarily for a school system. It can be argued though that their full time employ is the cabin itself. Floating Garden

With a garden on its own floating dock and a potato patch on the hillside, Margy spends a lot of her time cultivating plants and providing food for the couple. This allows John to work more on their experimental thermal electric generator that’s attached to their wood stove. It also allows him to keep their stock of wood tended. The pile itself also has its own dedicated float of cedar logs. The other systems that keep the floating cabin comfortable involve two golf cart batteries, solar panels, and wind turbines.


And while it may not be the ideal home for most it is perfect for the Lutz couple as it provides them a breathtaking view of life from a vantage point many will never experience.

Outside View

Your Turn!

  • Could you live both off grid and on the water?







  1. Home design that floats on the surface of the water and the outdoors are filled with activity

  2. looks like a great lifestyle

    • Loved the house on the water, would love to see how you could make the tiny house on the cover of your book (I have the book) fit part way into a lagoon type water that leads right into a canal in Homosassa Florida… We have two parts of the sight that we could use and plan to do a “tiny house”, but one if my ideas is to have the porch side stick out into the lagoon and have enough room to park a canoe or a motor boat… we are planning to mostly have it used as a “bunk house” any ideas…. ??? expense wise we do have water and electric and sewer on the opposite side … Patt

  3. Perhaps what we have designed as a container floating house or a larger 2 family floating island with fruit trees and fish net under the deck might interest Pat McBane. Although we are Australian based, I am in Florida every November / December Pat, if you would like to talk, call me on 4077987909 preferably of an evening.

  4. Thanks for sharing our story Andrew. You are right, the cabin is almost a full time job, but Wayne finds plenty of time to write books in his Coastal BC Stories series about our off the grid lifestyle and adventures in the Powell River area. I write grants for school districts. Both activities can be done in our remote location in between enjoying all that the outdoors has to offer. If any of your readers want more information about float cabin living, they can visit our blog at https://PowellRiverBooks.blogspot.com. – Margy Lutz

  5. That looks like a house to live in.

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