Second home made from houseboat under way

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Work on a second home made from a
houseboat is under way in southeastern Kentucky with a University
of Kentucky project to help design and build energy-efficient,
low-income houses.

The school's College of Design started the project in 2009 with
more than 50 students and faculty members at the School of
Architecture responsible for researching and developing the initial
models, UK says. The project received a $250,000 federal grant.

The idea is to design units that can be made in the Lake
Cumberland area, where the state's houseboat manufacturing industry has been affected by the economy.

The first refitted former houseboat was placed in Monticello in
Wayne County in August. The second is near Goldbug in Whitley
County, where project partners hope the new owners can move in this winter.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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