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Off the Grid on a Homemade Island...
A few decades ago, Canadian couple Catherine King and Wayne Adams imagined their life together a bit differently. Both are artists — Catherine a dancer, Wayne a sculptor — and they had hoped to make a good living with their art. But as is the case for many artists, the reality was very different and their dream of owning their own home seemed far out of reach. For them there was only one solution: if they couldn't afford to buy a house, they would have to make one themselves.
In 1992, the couple left the loud and crowded city and moved to the country—actually to the ocean to be more precise. Over the past 24 years, they've been passionately piecing together their own dream home, a floating wonderland created almost exclusively with materials they found in the trash or washed up on the beach, or acquired through trading.
In addition to the living quarters, their home includes a dance floor, a lighthouse, and four greenhouses where the couple grows their own fruits and vegetables all year round. To add a bit of protein to their diet, Wayne regularly goes fishing in the bountiful waters that surround their floating realm.
And when it gets too windy or cold to take the boat out, Wayne simply drops his fishing line through a hole in the living room floor, kicks back and waits for the fish to bite.
The floating home is equipped with solar panels and fresh water is collected in large reservoirs or taken from a nearby waterfall.
With electricity hard to find in the area, Wayne ended up building the entire complex consisting of 12 platforms by hand without using a single electric tool. Instead of anchors, the couple have used a series of tethers attached to the shoreline to prevent their precious dream home from simply floating away.
But life on this man-made island has not always been easy. At one point they had to deal with a 30-pound rat that invaded the platform, and when they tried to raise their own chickens, they were quickly snapped up by the local predatory birds.
Even though the couple have developed the perfect subsistence lifestyle, they still manage to earn a bit of money now and then by selling surplus fruits and vegetables at the local market along with their artwork.
Catherine and Wayne are more than happy to share their life with other people, and from June to September, their home is open to visitors who are willing to make the 90 minute journey by boat. Where they live, there are no roads and the only way to reach them is by water.
Here is a short video about the couple and their very unique house:
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