Dmitry Orlov is building the Quidnon; a very well thought out “houseboat that sails.” Not fancy-schmancy, not architecturally sleek, but something that is designed to work.
Someone is trying to do something similar, but not quite the same – houses that float. While we think this is interesting, you still have to wonder if this is really a useful thing. Houses that float can be useful, for a while, but will they still suffer from some of the same problems that houses near the water have? Cost of materials; being tied to shore; inability to move under their own power – the host of problems here seems long.
These houses, while ‘pretty’, don’t seem to be built for climates that get a lot of snow (look at all those windows and flat roof construction). They seem to have a freeboard of about a few inches, rather than being designed for any real sea changes.
- Anyone see how these could be cheaper than regular houses?
- Would you live in one of these?
- Are there other alternatives to the Quidnon you have seen?