Photo: ecofloating homes
If you've always wanted to live in a houseboat, but the low roof and basic living conditions put you off...then the ecofloat is for you. It is a little house that floats.
These sustainable floating homes can be built to measure, anything from a one bedroom to a two storey house and delivered to your mooring on a lake or a river. It seems like paradise can be bought, at least in the summer.
Photo: B. Alter
Spotted at the Ideal Home Show, the model suite was beached on land, but overlooked a water fountain, for a slightly nautical feel. It was a spacious one bedroom with sliding glass doors leading out to a nicely sized deck.
The designers used to live on a boat and decided to get serious about the business. Their ethos is "to construct healthy, ethical homes that enhance the countryside and deliver maximum comfort with minimum energy bills and a small carbon footprint."
Photo: B. Alter
The boat sits 18" below the water, with a steel hull, so waves and stormy weather should not be a problem with that kind of ballast. It is not motorized, and it is not a cruiser, it is meant to be stationary.
It will have a green roof, created by Enviromat, which will be made of sedum mats. The house boat can be energy self-sufficient if the owners so choose. This could incorporate solar heating, photo galvanic cladding, wind turbines, waste water treatment together with passive energy control systems like green roofs.
The boats are built locally with British products. They are delivered to your mooring of choice by a tug boat. It's such a lovely idea; so far they have sold seven just from being seen at the Show, and they hope for more orders.