1960s Houseboat Featured on DIY Network’s ‘Tiny House, Big Living’

Feb 15, 2017
Courtesy of: Temple family

Tune into the DIY network on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 9:30 p.m. to see the 1960s houseboat that Jared and Jessie Temple, the husband-wife team of Bunkerfish Design, purchased last year and have completely remodeled.

Chronicling the transformation of the affectionately named “Bunkhouse” @tinyhouseboat on Instagram, the Temples have created a one-of-a-kind abode that is charming and chic, down to the last carefully and artfully considered detail.

“The film crew came for four shoots about three weeks apart to get the build from start to finish,” Jessie explained. Each time, “they’d stay for a couple days, and we would plan projects that we thought would be interesting to shoot.” For example, one was Jessie and her sisters wallpapering the interior, constructing a built-in couch and planter boxes for the rooftop garden, and installing the ceiling. The whole project took about five months, start to finish, totally self-designed and built with help from Jared’s father, Rick Temple of Temple Construction.

“The whole process was a whirlwind,” Jessie said – especially in light of the sudden death of her father back in October. “I owe 100 percent of my drive and creativity to him,” she said.

The first time the boat was put in the water was during the “big reveal” for the final shoot.

The episode will be re-shown on the HGTV network in May.  —V.F.

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