My Floating Home

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Upcoming episodes

Dec 3rd
300p

SKY VIEW HOUSE, MOORDRECHT THE NETHERLANDS

A couple builds a super long floating home deep in the heart of canal country. This water loving couple live on a old steam ship and decide it’s time to modernise. They want a float home to join a small but well-established community of floating homes on a canal, south of the capital Amsterdam in the Netherlands. After meeting with a builder who is an expert in constructing float homes they decide on a wish list for their home, which includes; a raised roof with a 360 sky view, a modern open plan living space and a wraparound deck to enjoy the surrounding countryside. The biggest challenge to design a float home in the Netherlands is to make sure that the structure can make the journey to it’s mooring site. A float home must fit through a network of narrow and shallow canals with tight locks and low bridges. It’s a nail biting experience as Wout and Lydia home makes it way through these waterways. Some sections are so tight with only a few centimetres to spare on either side that only hands and feet can move the home forward. Finally the home makes it to it’s mooring. Wout and Lydia show us round their spectacular home with it’s modern open plan living area leading out onto the wraparound deck with stunning views of the idyllic rural setting.
Dec 3rd
330p

MEGA HOUSEBOAT, NOTTINGHAM, UK

A couple builds an experimental oversized houseboat so they can take their home with them anywhere on the vast network of canals that crisscross the UK. Janet and Dwayne have never lived on the water before – nor even driven a boat. So taking the plunge and building their own dream floating home from scratch is a huge challenge. On their wish list are; a spare bedroom, large kitchen-diner, and en-suite in the master bedroom. Export boat-builder Les Robinson guides them through the entire operation from the design, through to build and launch. Work begins with the huge steel hull, which Les gives a traditional high-gloss paint job before fitting a high-spec interior. This includes a bathroom with a bathtub – something never normally fitted on a boat – which causes Les a few headaches. After launching the vast vessel, brand new skippers Janet and Dwayne have to navigate it up a busy waterway to their permanent mooring, without crashing into the bank or other boats. Once safely docked, Janet and Dwayne proudly show us the end result - a stunning and huge houseboat, bigger than almost anything else on the canal system. They have a luxurious master bedroom complete with en-suite and bath, as well as a spare double bedroom and additional shower. A spacious kitchen diner complete with wood worktops, and a six-seat breakfast bar makes for a comfy and luxurious heart of the home. And the finishing touch – their beautiful floating home is completely mobile.
Dec 3rd
400p

FLOATING LOG HOME, PORTLAND, USA

This episode follows a couple build a traditional-style floating home built on logs. Milt and Judi Taylor want to swap their Oregon apartment for a wooden float home in the forests surrounding Portland.  It’s a job for Rick Maddams who designs and builds them a traditional log float, a principle hundreds of years old, that's almost died out in an age of polystyrene and concrete. The timber will last for at least 100 years under the water. The only problem, as the house is built on top of the log floating lattice, the weight pushes down and it starts to sink. Some quick thinking, they call diver, Miguel, to the mooring. He must add flotation devices to the underneath of the float to lift the house back up out of the water.  No mean feat with zero visibility and freezing cold water.  Once the house is floating steady, Rick presses on and single-handedly builds a wooden framed one and a half levels home on top of the float. Cheaper than a full double story, the upper half level will be Milt and Judi’s bonus en suite bedroom with views across to Mount Hood.  Winter turns to spring and the Taylors have to move into a trailer for the remainder of the build. It’s worth it in the end when they finally move in, complete with Judi's upright piano, balancing the weight as they go, to keep the house level. The result, a dream remote river home, built pioneer style, and a new life as residents in a unique floating home community. 
Dec 3rd
430p

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.
Dec 3rd
500p

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.
Dec 3rd
600p

Luxury Floating Home

After celebrating 30 years of marriage, Kurt and Roberta Fraese are ready for a new adventure. They've sold their Seattle home and are sinking over half a million pounds into an enormous, uber modern waterborne home on the east coast of Vancouver Island.
Dec 10th
300p

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.
Dec 10th
330p

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.
Dec 10th
400p

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. 
Dec 10th
430p

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.