My Floating Home: Series 1
Some people want to live in homes that sit alongside bodies of water. But because those properties are not plentiful – and what is available can be very expensive – homebuyers are expanding the definition of waterfront to include not just the “front” but also the back and sides. “My Floating Home” follows the adventures of families who are building the ultimate waterside dream homes – stunning “aquatic homes” that float on water. From initial concept to final mooring, viewers see the tricks of the trade for designing and building a floating home. Unique features include underwater fish-watching windows, wraparound sundecks, and massive glass walls to enjoy 360-degree views.
Part 1: Giant Eco Home
Michelle and Bill, an outdoor loving couple, build an eco-friendly floating home packed with innovative features. The couple hires an architect to design a curved roof covered in grass and solar panels and an underwater basement with a window where they can view fish in the lake. With the environment in mind, they re-use 100 year old cedar logs for their interior cladding and wardrobes.
Part 2: Big City Living
A young couple builds a dream floating “starter home” in a marina with stunning views of the Vancouver Mountains on one side, and the Vancouver Skyline on the other. The home is complete with an office to work from, and an exterior fireplace to save space within the open concept living plan.
Part 3: River View Mansion
A couple who often sails on their yacht past the famous float homes of Ladner, now wants to live in one themselves. They build a colossal three story floating home with spectacular views of the wilderness and a mooring for their boat so that they can hop onto their yacht whenever they would like.
Part 4: Ultra Modern Glass House
A water sport loving homeowner is determined to make her dream come true and build a stunning floating home on Seattle’s Lake Union. Using the latest in contemporary design, the ingenious design space allows her to enjoy views in privacy but also to merge the deck into the living space for entertaining on a modern and grand scale.
Part 5: City Boat House
A young Dutch couple builds a dream floating apartment with an old ship as the frame for their first “starter home” in Amsterdam. The ultra-modern layout reflects the shape of the ship and has stunning views of the capital and surrounding waters.
Part 6: Tiny Shanty House
Steve and his friend Rick meet in Maine every year to restore old boats. Now, Steve wants to build an innovative tiny floating home to live in full-time. Using recycled materials, they build a shanty-style houseboat on a catamaran hull. Making up the design as they go along, the two friends visit a marine salvage yard and find windows left by the roadside to put the finishing touches on the houseboat. Completed in just two months, they then must jack it up onto a trailer and take it to the water’s edge to see whether it will sink or float. The home floats but now the real challenge is to navigate it out into open ocean on a maiden voyage to Maine.
Part 7: Glass Water Palace
A water loving couple builds a massive dream floating home with stunning windows and wrap around glass walkways to join a community of 600 floating homes on the Fraser River. The finished product is a luxury ranch style home, with a bar area and pool table, and sun decks with amazing views of the river banks.
Part 8: Sky View House
A couple builds a floating home on a canal, south of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The biggest challenge is getting the floating home to fit through the Netherland’s network of narrow and shallow canals, but somehow the home makes its way through the waterways. Their spectacular home includes a raised roof with a 360 sky view, a modern open plan living space and a wraparound deck to enjoy the surrounding countryside.
Part 9: Giant Ship House
An adventurous couple builds a nautical themed floating home in a marina with stunning sea and mountain views on Vancouver’s north shore. Their spectacular maritime themed home includes port-hole windows, arched doorways, a high barrel ceiling and an outdoor deck. As launch day approaches everyone is excited; but the tow across Vancouver’s harbor 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.
Part 10: Mega House Boat
A couple that has never lived on the water before builds an oversized houseboat so that they can take their home with them anywhere on the vast network of canals that crisscross the United Kingdom. The final result is a stunning houseboat, complete with a luxurious master bedroom and a spacious kitchen with a six-seat breakfast bar. The best part of all? Their beautiful floating home is completely mobile.
Part 11: Floating Log Home
A couple swaps their Oregon apartment for a wooden floating home using timber that will last nearly 100 years in the water. The end result is a beautiful and unique pioneer style river home with views across Mount Hood in Portland.
Part 12: Island Dream Home
My Floating Home follows the adventures of families who are building the ultimate waterside dream homes, Wind wreaks havoc on a nature-loving couple as they build a three story wilderness retreat.
Part 13: Chichester UK
Presenter Mark Evans visits an ambitious, unique floating home set to be moored by the riverside in Chichester
Part 14: Rookies and Amsterdam
Rookies Dwayne and Janet plan to build an experimental oversized houseboat, while Lydia and Wout plan on moving their old steam ship to a canal near Amsterdam