Floating Homes - 2 types

Flooding is a natural function of rivers. Sea levels are predicted to rise. There are two types of floating homes, permanently floating homes and homes that float only when flood waters swell, but sit on the ground during the dry season. Requiring the later on new construction within floodplains, and considering same for threatened shorelines, is one way to plan for the future. Although floating homes near the coast need protected waters, wave attenuation through wave walls and dykes (as used in Europe) are a future possibility. Inaction is costly. Some inspiration for those on waterways...


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Lake Huron, Great Lakes -- Lake Huron's water levels vary dramatically from month-to-month, year-to-year. MOS Architects www.mos-office.net Photos by Florian Holzherr.



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Lake Huron, Great Lakes. House was built on a steel platform structure with steel pontoons. www.mos-office.net Photos by Florian Holzherr.



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On the Mississippi, the easiest homemade solution, foam blocks under your home. The 4 guide posts keep the house in place as it rises, just like a floating dock. www.buoyantfoundation.org






The Buoyant Foundation Project -- Dr. Elizabeth English explains the necessity of buoyant homes. A steel frame that holds the flotation blocks is attached to the underside of the house. There are four 'vertical guidance' poles not far from the corners of the house. The tops of the poles are attached to the steel frame. The poles telescope out of the ground, allowing the house to move up and down. Please visit www.buoyantfoundation.org



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The Float House, designed by Morphosis Architects and students from UCLA collects its own water and generates its own electricity and is capable of floating as high as 12-feet on rising flood waters. Flotation is a single unit of expanded polystyrene foam coated in glass fiber reinforced concrete. The panelized walls, windows, interior finishes and kit roof are prefabricated and assembled on-site. The screens slide in front of glass for hurricane winds. Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation, which is dedicated to building affordable and green housing for New Orleans residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina, has built 50 LEED homes in New Orleans Lower 9th Ward so far, with 100 more under construction. He has built them all for under $150,000. www.makeitrightnola.org  Pic by Iwan Baan



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Holland -- Green roofed SchwimmHausBoat by German architects Confused-Direction -- is a permanently floating home. Note that the floatation itself is not very bulky. www.schwimmhausboot.de



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Maasbommel -- The Netherlands is readying itself for future flooding. The Dutch have realized that building higher dikes to keep out the sea is no longer the solution. Here's a community of 37 homes near the Maas River dyke, a river which is known for its seasonal flooding. These homes cost less than 5% more than the cost of conventional construction. Picture above is during a swell. Designed by Factor Architecten



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Maasbommel, Netherlands -- Amphibious homes that rest on land but are built to rise when waters rise. When the river swells the house will float as much as 18 feet. Floats back down as the water subsides. Designed by Factor Architecten



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Maasbommel, Netherlands. Houses sit on hollow concrete foundations that are attached to six iron piers. The fat posts in between the houses are the guides that keep the homes in place as they glide up and down. Factor Architecten



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IJburg district of Amsterdam floating neighbourhoods with docks and jetties instead of roadways... Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer www.rohmer.nl



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Amsterdam, IJ Lake. Lightweight 3 story steel homes are supported by concrete “tubs” submerged in the water to a depth of half a story. Bedrooms are on the lowest floor. Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer www.rohmer.nl Photo: Roos Aldershoff.




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Amsterdam, IJ Lake. The neighbourhood has docks and slips instead of roadways. Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer www.rohmer.nl




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Amsterdam IJ Lake -- Seventy-five floating homes and waterside dyke houses. Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer. www.rohmer.nl




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Netherlands -- Regenboogkade -- Drive the cars inland during floods...better yet imagine green transport. Plus 31 Architects www.plus31architects.nl



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Borneo-Sporenburg, Netherlands. A new interpretation of traditional Dutch canal houses. For more info and pics see here: www.west8.nl Pic: Room 19 www.flickr.com



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Ladner, British Columbia, on the Fraser River. There are 500 floating homes in San Francisco, another 500 in Seattle, 500 in Vancouver, 3,500 in Portland, Oregon, 99 on Latsch Island on the Mississippi River in Minnesota and 40 in Yellowknife Bay, NWT.
Pic by Brett www.flickr.com



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Oregon. Tomahawk Moorage.
portlandfloatinghomeinfo.com



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Scarborough Bluffs, Ontario, Canada. Instead of racoons at your back door - ducks.
Pic: Somewhere in Toronto www.flickr.com



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Floating Homes in Lake Union, Seattle from the air.
tenaschuck.org



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The Floating Homes in Yellowknife Bay, Northwest Territories tend to be colorful.
Photo by Arctic Man www.flickr.com



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Pretty floating home at the Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor, Richmond, CA. Image: CT Young. flickr.com


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Seattle Cottage on Union Lake.
residencehousedesign.com



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Thames River near Hampton Court: Taggs Island, UK. Everyone on Taggs Island lives on a floating home; there are 40 hugging the perimeter and 20 in the central lagoon, all attached to piles driven into the riverbed. More info: www.taggs-island.com Pic Grahamsjz www.flickr.com



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Minnesota. Every year the river homes become locked into the ice in the Latsch Island Boathouse Community on the Mississippi River. The extra weight of thick ice and snow needs to be removed from the roofs and decks of floating homes. The residents of this community also tie their homes to the trees during the spring swell. Pic: Floatin Winona Project www.fotovisura.com



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Lake Union, Seattle. Exterior shots for the 1993 "Sleepless in Seattle" movie where shot here. Seattle Daily Photo www.flickr.com


 

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Floating House Street in Esquimalt, British Columbia.
Pic: Ruth Anderson www.flickr.com




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Lake Union, Seattle, Washington. Aluminum panels (polluting to manufacture) and rain screen cladding with fiber cement panels sheath the exterior. Vandeventer and Carlander Architects. www.vc-arch.com



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The kitchen of above home. Hydronic in-floor heating utilizes an energy efficient heat pump system and the ventilation system utilizes a heat exchanger. www.vc-arch.com



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Lake Union Float Home
by Northwest Architects
More pics: designsnw.com



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gh3 Architects designed this boathouse for the photographer’s studio ‘Williams Studio’. The boathouse is located on Stony Lake, Canada. gh3.ca




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Portland, Oregon, Fennell Residence -- Robert Harvey Oshatz Architects.
Pictures: Cameron Neilson, lots more here: www.oshatz.com



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Lake Union in Seattle, Washington
en.wikipedia.org



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Lake Austin in Austin, Texas. Lake Flato Architects
Lots more here: www.lakeflato.com



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Lake Union, Seattle. New Craftsman style.
seattle.olx.com



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The most famous of the Sausalito houseboats, the "Taj Majal", a miniature version of the Taj Mahal in India. For the last four decades it's been a private home, although it was a bed and breakfast for a few years, now it's a private home again. www.flickr.com



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Sausalito floating homes have a history that stretches over a century. This home made from an old tugboat. A double sense of security. Picture Source



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Houseboats in Kashmir.
Not homes but rentals for 135. + a night.
www.kashmirhouseboats.com



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Vietnam, Ha Long Bay, where people have been living in floating homes for centuries... Pic: Mikel Bilbao © 2010 mikelbilbao.photoshelter.com



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Powell Lake, British Columbia floating cabin on log raft. See a picture of the log flotation raft under construction here. tinyhouseblog.com More pics here: powellriverbooks.blogspot.com



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A custom-built floating cabin in Perry Creek, nearby the island of Vinalhaven, Maine. Builder unknown. The photograph was taken by Marcus Peabody who submitted the image to a Tumblr site, Cabin Porn.


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Holland. This is a two level home. The bedrooms and bathrooms are below sea level. www.plus31architects.com



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Holland. Plus 31 Architects, see their website for many more floating home designs. www.plus31architects.com Photo: Iwan Baan




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The Last Resort -- The design recently won a competition, and with funding in place the team expects to begin fabrication soon. Roof-integrated solar panels generate electricity for the two electric engines that propel the home. RAFAA Architecture & Designs www.rafaa.ch



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Netherlands -- ‘New Water‘ will be the world’s first floating apartment complex, The Citadel. They will use 25% less energy than a conventional building due to the use of water cooling techniques. Architect: WaterStudio www.waterstudio.nl



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Floating Island Seoul -- The world's largest artificial 'floating island' on Seoul's Han River is a 20,400 square-meter development, housing three inter-connected cultural centers. It was privately funded at a cost of about $88 million. It is scheduled for completion September, 2011. www.miceseoul.com



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Floating Hotel -- The connecting bridge is planted with trees, giving the impression of land projecting into the sea. Designed by the Giancarlo Zema Design Group for an Arabian commission. www.giancarlozema.com



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Floating City planned for 2015 completion in the Maldives. The green covered star-shape building symbolizes the Maldivian innovative route to conquer climate change. This will become a location for conventions about climate change, water management and sustainability. Architect Koen Olthuis--Waterstudio.NL. Developer Dutch Docklands--www.dutchdocklands.com




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Lilypads: floating eco-cities. Each 50,000-person pad is a designed as a zero-emission floating community that uses solar, wind, tidal and biomass power to generate energy for its inhabitants. vincent.callebaut.org



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Floating Stadium. Travels to the venue via a blend of hybrid energies using water, wind and solar power. German design firm, Stadium Concept. www.stadiumconcept.de via www.evolo.us




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Solar panels and roof garden. Equipped with an incinolet toilet which burns waste instead of creating more sewage. Drinking water is collected from rainstorms and filtered into a glass partition wall inside. The inner temperature of the boat is regulated by a geothermal pond loop which runs from the bottom of the water source through a piling supporting the dock and into the floor of the boat. By Wyatt Little -- Houston, Texas www.coroflot.com



Starting around 18,000 years ago, when the last ice age began receeding, till present day, sea level has risen by around 125 metres (about 400 feet) Source. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecasts a rise of up to 1 metre by 2100. Source. About 120,000 years ago, during the previous interglacial, sea level was for a short time, about 6 meters higher than today. Source.


Kinds of Flotation Systems being used -- issue most not yet green:
Log floats, solid styrofoam encased in rubber, foam filled steel pontoons, positive concrete, concrete pontoons, concrete and foam, wood and foam, polyethylene shell with solid core polystyrene block molded inside, fiberglass and envirofloat...


Waste: Incinerator toilets, compost toilets or a hook up to sewer services along the dock.


In Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Florida, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 11-626, a decision was rendered that floating structures be treated as land-based homes, not as a vessel subject to maritime laws.


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We can now reimagine this scene.



How it Works/ How to:

www.buoyantfoundation.org


More Videos:

Bamboo Floating Homes
www.youtube.com


Floating Mega Cities

www.youtube.com

www.floodproofhousing.com
www.youtube.com



Builders of Floating Homes
As mentioned above and:


Vancouver - work with numerous architects
www.floatinghomes.com

Seattle - Floating Homes
www.seattleafloat.com

Argentina - 
www.econautico.com.ar
 

 

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ducancelle
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floating house
Reply #30 on : Sat October 11, 2014, 05:03:08
Dear Sir,
I am jean-michel ducancelle architect. I invite you to see my site www. ducancelle.com to see my experience about to live in the sea and particulary about Anthenea, a real ocean house with submarine vision.
Best regards
visakanext
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Exterior Cladding Material
Reply #29 on : Wed June 04, 2014, 05:47:04
Information about plots, lands or any other thing which comes under real estate can't be find correct any where but your blog seems to be one of the best one in sharing information as it contain information with honesty. I also want to introduce Vnext construction who are dealing with Exterior Cladding Material and many more thing. They are well known for maintaining trust with the customers and also providing them with best material.
Keiren
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To Mikio
Reply #28 on : Wed January 22, 2014, 09:35:22
You must contact the builder or photographer that is linked to after the text, below the image you desire to use. Please contact them for permission. Thx. Best.
Mikio Ito
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I want to borrow your photo
Reply #27 on : Wed January 22, 2014, 05:39:35
Hello,
I'm Mikio Ito, a Japanese editor. Now i'm writng an article about houses in the world. I wnat to borrow your photo, floating house in Nederland.
Japanese high school students read it.
I'm waiting your ready consent.
Best regards,
Mikio Ito
Krishna
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Floating Homes
Reply #26 on : Wed January 15, 2014, 20:00:57
A great idea for projects.
Well done.
EXCELLENT vision for the future towards keeping pace with the climatic change.
Tania
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Houseboat Wars
Reply #25 on : Thu December 19, 2013, 14:35:29
Help support the finishing of "Houseboat Wars" on Kickstarter. Search Houseboat Wars on Kickstarter. Houseboat Wars is a documentary about a community in Sausalito that won the right to live on the water. An adaptive solution to sea level rise & climate change. Endorsed by the San Francisco Film Society follow us on Twitter @HouseboatWars
Clara Timpe
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Inspiration green in the classroom
Reply #24 on : Tue November 19, 2013, 14:24:35
Thank you for your inspirational ideas. I will use these pictures and ideas to stimulate my students to get involved with a challenge of building flood resistant homes.
An eye opener, thank you
shanmugapriyan
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to get more information as videos
Reply #23 on : Sun September 15, 2013, 11:56:59
As I explained this thing to others they didn't accept the foam filling concept so I need the proof please send me the video or the URL of the video to [email protected]
Teresa Oman
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Floating houses
Reply #22 on : Fri September 06, 2013, 13:10:19
I am very interested in learning more about living in this Eco type floating homes

Absolutely Fantastic!
Keiren
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To Chuck
Reply #21 on : Thu September 05, 2013, 17:21:05
Extendable pipes are an option. All utilities and plumbing are placed in extendable piping that goes up and down with the home...electric wires are bunched up in telescoping waterproof piping...plumbing pipes telescope, etc...
Chuck from Cebu
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Bathroom
Reply #20 on : Wed September 04, 2013, 12:10:19
I want to build a floating house due to floods happening more often where I live. I'm just concerned about the plumbing. Are there like stretchable pipes or something? Drainage and toilet pipes cannot just detach once the house floats, right? Everything should still be functional like electricity, cable TV and plumbing. Please reply. Thanks!
contie
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floating houses and buildings
Reply #19 on : Sat August 24, 2013, 20:54:17
I have a project in France along a lake with highly exceptionnal floods and try to promote the concept as a preventative solution with planning authorities
Contact me to exchange views
thanks
m contie
Jeffrey Taylor
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Sandy NY/NJ
Reply #18 on : Tue July 09, 2013, 07:44:02
This type of construction may have saved thousands of homes at the New Jersey and New York Shore areas hard hit by Sandy. Coould someone please forward this info to the powers that be in these areas!
Eddy Gudadi
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floating houses / settlement
Reply #17 on : Sun March 03, 2013, 21:00:17
Since the first time I was traveling in Kalimantan ( Borneo ) in 1973 my mind kept wondering why in other place of Indonesia people do not adopt this method of living , namely floating houses on huge log. Eventhough at that time I felt what a pity of those huge and valuable timber used as a floater while there are other substitute. Here in Jakarta where I live just a month ago there had been flood due to the monsoon and also that the upstream area is heavily deforested. Now the issue is to do reclamation which I assume is not " ecological ". Rather than reclamation it would be better to make floating settlement , which is following the nature rythm. Perhaps your idea and expertise would be valuable for the other parts of Indonesia and the other part of the world as well
Ron Swaren
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Flood risk on river
Reply #16 on : Mon November 26, 2012, 22:24:32
This article says that Portland, Oregon has 3500 floating homes. Most would be on the Columbia River, and frequently are on wood pilings. In the winter of 1996-97 there was a bad flood and many of the floating home communities came within literally a foot or two of floating off the pilings. Once the river crested there was also a fear that winter winds would come up, and snap the pilings. This was a very scary week ---and insurance probably would not have covered the losses, had they occurred. Plus numerous yacht moorages were also at risk. Could have been hundreds of millions $$ in losses!! Some of the houseboats were moored to dolphin type pilings and nearly reached the top of those. Even the steel pilings were nearly breached, but the marinas welded extensions on the following summer. Many houseboats, however, are still on wooden pilings.
IMF
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http://www.floatingstructures.com/
Reply #15 on : Fri November 16, 2012, 18:46:47
These are some of the most unique floating home photos I have seen anywhere on the internet. I don't know where to start...certainly the Netherlands seems to be an innovator and design, probably out of necessity due to the need for land reclamation (and the floating home alternative). I was also unaware that Portland had such a large floating home community!
saulius
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Vilnius Port Project
Reply #14 on : Fri November 02, 2012, 17:34:08
Do You build concret project realy? That about prices?
Thanks
Nona297
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@ Gladys
Reply #13 on : Sun September 30, 2012, 10:05:34
A bamboo floating home sounds like a great idea (I suppose other than in a hurricane prone area).

It looks like Simon Velez does some small scale works, I see a treehouse even, check out his website, www.deboerarchitects.com. If you write to him, maybe he would come up with a floating bamboo design! Worth a try.
Gladys Gutierrez
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Bamboo floating homes
Reply #12 on : Sat September 29, 2012, 15:36:13
I'm very impressed with this architecture and the durability and strength. I know of another site for the building of bamboo homes (pre-fab), but was wondering if there's a possibility of a floating variation for an average person to build. Is the architect Simon Velez available for small scale construction? Maybe in construction with another company as a consultant?
Jessica Cano
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Congratulations for your job.‏
Reply #11 on : Wed September 26, 2012, 03:48:34
I thank you for doing things as beautiful.

It's LITERAL my dream come true, knowing that this exist, i know that what I dreamed for 3 years, it has come true., and knowing that someone finally it did REALITY, motivated me in ways unimaginable.

My English is very bad, as you may have noticed, but try to write what else I can, because it is true, THE DREAMS EXIST.

THANKS FOR DO THE FLOATING HOUSE.

P.S. Thank you so much and greetings from Xalapa, Veracruz, México.


I hope one day to make it happen
Star Quinn
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replacing floats
Reply #10 on : Mon September 03, 2012, 00:56:37
Hello All
I have purchased a floathome and am currently living in it. I am looking to replace the floats. I need any help anyone can provide.
Ideally I need to know where I can purchase foam and if there is anyone who could foreman the operation. I have lots of friends and family for labour with skills and tool but no boat nohow. Budget is also a main concern.
THANKS!!!
G.GABY
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Voluntary
Reply #9 on : Wed June 20, 2012, 02:56:16
Anyone out there, who needs a hand, to help Build, renovate one of these.

Holland, Summer months, until September'12.
Would need accomodation

Voluntary, Wood machinist, part-time Electrics..
Available.

G.Gaby
08:53 a.m.
G.GABY
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NEW LEARNING
Reply #8 on : Wed June 20, 2012, 02:48:03
Thank you for this wonderful insight, into what can be achieved, with a bit of Imagination.

And it keeps the depression away, one gets, when floods & disasters arrive.

Hope to own one sometime.

G.Gaby
08:45 a.m.
ducancelle jean michel
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maison flottante
Reply #7 on : Sun January 29, 2012, 01:31:52
Bonjour,
je vous signale qu'il manque anthenea, maison flottante à vision sous marine autonome, dont plusieurs exemplaires ont été réalisés.
ducancelle.com. Le projet certainement le plus futuriste et réaliste francais.
cordialement
Jean Michel ducancelle
Hello,
I would point out that lack anthenea house floating autonomous underwater vision, many copies were made.
ducancelle.com. The project certainly the most futuristic and realistic french.
cordially
Jean Michel Ducancel
Kesara
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Can a floating house be built on ground?
Reply #6 on : Fri October 28, 2011, 01:14:47
I'm interested in floating house. I would like to know whether it can be built on ground so that when the land is flooded the house can float.

Looking forward to your reply.
Kesara
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Can a floating house be built on ground?
Reply #5 on : Fri October 28, 2011, 01:12:44
I'm interested in floating house. I would like to know whether it can be built on ground so that when the land is flooded the house can float.

Looking forward to your reply.
Margy
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Thanks
Reply #4 on : Thu August 18, 2011, 02:11:37
Thanks for including my float home on Powell Lake BC in your collection. If you would like to read more about it visit my blog http://PowellRiverBooks.blogspot.com

Margy
lucy
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floating Homes
Reply #3 on : Tue August 16, 2011, 02:29:19
Moden Green House
Keiren
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Yellowknife
Reply #2 on : Wed May 25, 2011, 11:16:00
Thanks for the tip!
Bill Tobey
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Float Homes
Reply #1 on : Tue May 24, 2011, 23:01:25
You need to add the float homes from Yellowknife Bay, Yellowknife, NT, Canada.

Theyhave midnight sun in the summer & freeze in during the -40C winter temperatures when satalite TV starts to work.
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