The refurbishment of narrowboats and widebeams is an increasingly important part of our business at Boutique Narrowboats. We offer an interior design service for private clients which pulls together the skills of the whole team – engineering, joinery, electrics, plumbing and of course the design itself. The images below help to illustrate a typical narrowboat refurbishment.

Narrowboat and widebeam refurbishments

Boutique Narrowboat refurbishment fit out 1

In this narrowboat refurb, we gutted the interior and set to work rebuilding it to our new design. The previous toilet space on this day boat was cramped and difficult to access for cleaning. We designed a toilet ‘pod’ with more generous proportions, which meant borrowing some space from the entrance area. 

Boutique Narrowboat refurbishment fit out 2

Our signature curved steps helped to widen the entrance to the side. It’s a visual device which is particularly useful here, with the extended toilet room. We threaded new plumbing and wiring throughout, including central heating.

Boutique Narrowboat refurbishment fit out 3

MDF moisture-resistant tongue and groove board was painted with exterior grade paint. Our joiner installed a brand new kitchen. We finished the toilet pod with bespoke slats.

Boutique Narrowboat refurbishment fit out 4

Boutique narrowboat refurbishment  day boat bathroom 1

The finished boat includes bespoke wooden slats, new herringbone flooring and a full kitchenette.

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The process of refurbishing narrowboats and widebeams

Please do get in touch if you are considering updating your narrowboat or widebeam. We are more than happy to discuss options with you. Our team can offer:

  • Narrowboat interior design
  • Floorplans and layout drawings
  • Bespoke joinery
  • Sourcing of materials and furniture suitable to withstand extremes of temperatures on a boat
  • Plumbing
  • Electrics
  • Internal redecorating using marine-grade materials

Signature steps on a boutique narrowboat refurbishment

We carry out this kind of work at our workshop at Debdale Wharf Marina on the Grand Union Canal. You can book your boat in for a refurbishment subject to our commitment to build slots.


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