My Floating Home

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Jul 27th
1200p

Luxury Narrow Boat

After surviving a heart attack 15 years ago, newly retired 55-year-old boating enthusiast Colin Stewart is embarking on a bold life adventure. He's planning to spend half the year cruising Britain's waterways on a high spec narrow boat named 'Tickin Along.'
Jul 27th
100p

GIANT SHIP HOUSE, VANCOUVER CANADA

A couple builds a nautical themed floating home in a marina with stunning sea and mountain views. This adventurous couple Glenn and Margaret love the water and enjoy kayaking. They want their float home to join a community of 20 floating homes on Vancouver’s North shore. After tracking down a designer with a flair for all things nautical they decide on a wish list for their home, which includes; port hole windows, arched doorways, a high barrel ceiling like the hull of a ship and a outdoor deck to enjoy the views. First a massive floating foundation is made using polystyrene blocks encased a concrete frame. Next the wooden frames go up and all the nautical curvy features installed. The biggest challenge is creating the high arch ceiling. Timbers called glulam beams are used which are extra strong and easy to curve. As launch day approaches everyone is excited; but the tow across Vancouver’s harbour to its mooring site does not run smooth. Windy weather makes for a precarious journey and there are near on collisions as the home is docked. Finally the home reaches its destination and Glenn and Margaret takes us round their spectacular maritime themed home.
Jul 27th
130p

CITY BOAT HOUSE ,WILLEMS, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

A Dutch couple builds a dream floating apartment as their ‘starter home’. They want to moor it in the Netherlands’ capital, Amsterdam – the city of canals and a mecca for people who like to live on the water. For this young couple Roy and Rianne, a floating apartment is ideal as a cheap first time pad. They decide to use an old ship as the frame for their new home and find a boat builder to carry out the conversion. After meeting with him they decide they want an ultra modern layout with open plan living and seven new rooms. They also want the design to reflect the shape of the ship. Customized furniture and storage space follow the curves of the hull and the ship’s wheelhouse converts to a grand apartment entrance. The biggest challenge is to make the apartment warm enough to withstand the canal’s winter freezing temperatures. A 10cm thick layer of insulation coats the entire hull! The date is set to tow the stunning apartment to Amsterdam – but a bad weather forecast forces the couple to launch the home early. The interior is not complete and the painters hitch a ride and continue decorating on route under pressure to finish before they dock. Finally the floating apartment enters the canals of Amsterdam and docks at Roy and Rianne’s mooring site with stunning views of the capital and the surrounding waters.
Jul 27th
200p

ULTRA MODERN GLASS HOUSE, DUNN, SEATTLE, US

A house owner is determined to make her dream come true and build a stunning floating home using the latest in contemporary design. Susan Dunn has always enjoyed a sporting life on the water in Seattle Washington but now she wants to live on it – and in style! Susan employs a local architect who is renowned for designing ultra modern floating homes. After meeting with him she decides she wants a home with crisp clean exterior walls creating a façade of simple beauty. Inside a graceful floating stairway will lead up to an open plan living space. Bi folding doors will open out onto a west facing deck with a glass roof and teak slat blinds. This ingenious design allows Susan to enjoy her views in privacy but also to merge the deck into the living space for entertaining on a modern and grand scale. At the back is an east facing deck that catches the morning sun for Susan to enjoy her breakfast alfresco. A build yard in Seattle is tasked to construct this massive stunning design and every detail proves to be a challenge. Once complete the contemporary floating home is towed to it’s mooring. On route the floating ‘work of art’ attracts a lot of attention but finally it makes it to it’s new home with a float home community on Seattle’s Lake Union.
Jul 27th
230p

MODERN MARINA MARVEL, JUNAK, CHICHESTER, UK

Mark and Holly Junak have wanted to live on a floating home all their life. When a mooring became free in Chichester Marina, UK, they decided to take the plunge and build a floating home from scratch. They hire award winning architect Richard Coutts to come up with a sleek modern single storey design with a roof terrace and floor to ceiling windows. It's down to float home builder Jeremy Ireland-Wheeler to build it. He is a veteran of over 40 float home builds.  The floating concrete base that the house will sit on is made in The Netherlands. The Dutch team must pour tons of concrete around a reinforced steel mesh to form a huge hollow box, weighing in at 40 tons! It is then loaded onto a special truck and driven to the ferry port in the nick of time, where it takes the short sea crossing to the UK. Once in Chichester Marina, the team must lower it using a heavy duty crane, into the water in a tense operation. Not knowing whether it will float evenly, they release the cables and it sits perfectly in the water. Now builder Jeremy constructs a 26 ton house at his workshop 45 miles away. Using insulated pre-cut wooden panels, he must assemble the pieces like a giant jigsaw puzzle! He builds special hatches to allow weights to be added to balance the house when it's on the water. As he cannot exceed a certain height, he builds the roof deck into a cleverly designed recess, allowing for the perfect party deck. Up against the clock, he finishes the house with stylish cedar panels to protect it. Then it's wrapped in 2500 sq feet of plastic, like a giant Christmas present! It’s now ready to be lifted onto a truck for its journey to the marina. The problem is, it barely fits out of the workshop door! After a mighty struggle, they get it out and it causes traffic mayhem on the narrow streets leading to the highway. On arrival at the marina, it is lowered onto the waiting floating base but one end overhangs too far. After some heart stopping adjustments they finally get it in place. Mark and Holly can now move in and 3 weeks later we see their minimalist, ultra modern, floating home, overlooking the lily-pads and the swans. The perfect relaxing retreat. 
Aug 3rd
1200p

Floating Village Home

For 35 years, Dutch fisherman Jan De Boer has spent his working weeks at sea, with weekends in his large family home where he and wife Geja have raised their six children. Now ready for a new adventure, they’re embracing waterborne living by building a custom designed home that will be part of a pioneering floating village.
Aug 3rd
100p

ISLAND DREAM HOME, JANZEN, VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA

Harry Janzen and Tina McComb are nature lovers living on Canada's Vancouver Island. They enjoy the outdoors, enjoying spotting wildlife such as deer, eagles and even killer whales. They want to move onto the water full time and find the perfect mooring at Maple Bay Marina on the island’s east coast. Builder David Messier will design them a massive 3 storey wilderness retreat with a second floor glass wall leading onto a patio deck, while above it he designs a huge roof terrace the size of the footprint, all capped off with a 14 ft barrel roof. The only problem is that they will need a special 2 ton steel frame to support the glass walls and roof deck. Risking the balance of the house, David starts construction on 2 massive floating foundation pads, bolted together in the water.  The wooden frame of the house makes up for the weight of the frame and the house is eventually balanced out. Now David must construct the decks and the barrel roof. Hoisting porthole windows 20 feet into the air to fit into the vaulted ceiling is a tense moment. Now he must fit the glass doors that will open onto the decks. Custom-made in the US, one slip now will set them back weeks while they wait for another to be made. They carefully get the doors installed after struggling up the narrow stairs. With the house nearing completion, Dave and his team move it out into the tidal channel for its crossing to the mooring site. The wind immediately grabs hold of it, pushing it straight into another house. Two motor boat get it under control in the nick of time. Now they must beat the ebbing tide before the house grounds itself on the seabed. Finally, they win the battle against the elements and tie the new home into its mooring overlooking the bay. With the house in place Harry and Tina start to test the layout of their furniture and see for the first time, their stunning wilderness views.
Aug 3rd
130p

Hand Built First Home

Adventurous young professionals, Ani and Charles are taking on the project of a lifetime – they’ve bought a busted old oil barge that they want to turn into their rustic first home. Based on the Thames in Hampton, south west London, the couple have a tight budget which leaves no option but to do nearly all the work themselves. With no experience, are they biting off more than they can chew?
Aug 3rd
200p

Million Dollar Mansion

Now that their six children have finally all fled the nest, Allen and Jill want to create a new home – and one that floats on the Annacis Channel, just south of Vancouver, Canada. Their million dollar mansion will be the perfect place to entertain with its enormous open plan living area, three outside decks, luxury master bedroom with their own steam room and a huge hot tub on the top terrace with amazing views across to Annacis Island.
Aug 3rd
230p

Caraboat Home

Ben and his wife Michelle have always been caravan fanatics. When they found an antique caravan on an auction website, they immediately decided to buy and bring this “Caraboat” back to life, into a fun and functional holiday getaway home that can travel by road or by river. The renovation tackled everything from engine problems, to re-wiring and updating the interiors, but the brutally cold temperatures of winter wreaked havoc on the process. After months of hard work its ready to launch next to the famous SS Great Britain, in Bristol City harbour, but will this blast from the past actually float?