HOLLY Sharp and her husband Noah have always dreamt of having a house to call their own – but like many young couples, they struggled to save enough for a deposit while still renting a property.
After tying the knot, the couple, from Stockport, had scraped together a few thousand pounds to put towards their dream home.
But despite this, the newlyweds couldn't find a home they liked within their budget – so decided to drastically alter their search.
Holly explained: "We'd always wanted to own our own home, but we really struggled with saving while also paying rent on the house we were living in.
"So when we realised we couldn't afford a house and weren't able to get a mortgage we thought we should try something different and buy a narrowboat."
After a year of searching, Holly and Noah found a boat on sale for £15k and jumped at the prospect of living mortgage-free.
Holly, who is an admin worker, said: "We had some savings from our attempt of saving for a house, but we also took out a loan to help us afford it."
The couple spent three months renovating their boat and a further £3,000 on the updates before finally moving in full time in February 2020.
Since moving into their new home, Noah and Holly claim they save £500 a month on bills thanks to their lower gas and electricity rates – although the limited water supply was a shock to the system at first.
But needless to say, it was a bit of a squeeze getting all their possessions in.
She continued: "You can't hoard as much when you live in such a small space. You only have the things you really need.
"When we first moved in I actually really enjoyed getting rid of all the things that we weren't going to use.
"We have a lot more of a simpler life now and we don't have to stress about money and bills.
"We live a much happier life now with no money worries or stressing about little things in life."
What's more, the couple love their narrowboat so much that they can't imagine ever living in a house again.
Holly continued: "It’s very different to living in a house as we have a limited water supply on board and we use solar panels to power our pumps and lights.
"We haven't come across too many people our age that is living on a narrowboat but I do think the popularity is growing.
"It has completely changed the way we live and our outlook on life.
"I can't see us moving off a boat, we just love the idea of tiny space living.
"It's not always plain sailing and it does have its challenges but we wouldn't change it for the world."
Follow the couple's journey on Instagram here.
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