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I just ran across this article HERE:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/19/us/couple-self-made-island-gbs-trnd/index.html

These people live on their own home-buit “island” of sorts.

So what do you all think?

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I remember seeing a short video of them sometime back. Folks could really have a sense at this point whether they could handle this type of isolation. Most of us have had at least a minor preview. Being able to fish would be a nice addition for myself. Not having a large garden would be a detriment.
 
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Looks very artsy. Maybe making islands is the future, as permafrost keeps melting.
 
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Personally I like land, but there is something about these floating island homes that I really like.  I wonder if they have to pay property taxes?

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I like it.

Last year, I swapped book reviews with a couple who have an off-grid float cabin on Powell Lake in coastal British Columbia. It's only accessible by boat. Their complex isn't as large as the couple in the CNN feature, but they have a float garden. The author, Wayne Lutz, has an entire series about their life there - "Coastal British Columbia Stories". Extremely interesting.  I can't remember how taxes work, but that and a lot of other good stuff is in his books.
 
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I second the tax question.  I also don't know if Canada has to deal with International Building Codes, but this seems like a fun workaround to live in the kind of home you want.
 
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I like the idea of having a RV and a boathouse. But why just have a boat house when 18inches of floating soil on foam can grow most fruits and the vegetables can grow directly in the water with cutout in the foam.

I wonder how much it would cost to buy 20,000sqft of foam for the 'foundation' of a half acre floating island. I can see it coming in 40ft by 8ft sections. Unless it could be built onsite.
 
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