My Floating Home - The Chichester
Floating Homes Limited have completed the build of their first prototype buoyant building designed by Baca Architects. Inspired by canal living, the ‘Chichester’ model is not a houseboat but a house that floats.
- The prototype is situated on a residential mooring on a disused canal which runs alongside Chichester Marina.
- The water level can vary by around 30cm so the water and electricity are supplied via flexible pipes and cables. The sewage is pumped out of the hull via another flexible pipe into the mains system running alongside the canal.
- The floating home was built in two separate parts, the floating foundations and the modular superstructure and then assembled on the canal.
- The floating foundations is an open boxed shaped hull with 15cm thick sides and base made from reinforced concrete weighing over 40 tons and is zero maintenance.
- The modular superstructure was constructed using lightweight structurally insulated panels (SIPS) in a factory.
The whole build took four months to complete and has a starting price of £200k plus VAT (no vat payable on residential) which includes the interior fit-out but excludes delivery and mooring fees. The ‘Chichester’ offers an appealing lifestyle in either urban or countryside settings.
The journey Mark & Holly Junak took to realise their dream of living on the water was featured in episode 1 of My Floating Home on More4 which was broadcast on the 15th September 2016. Unfortunately it is no longer available to view on catch up.
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We have several partners who have believed and supported this venture, their products are of the highest quality, using the latest in technology and innovations. If you want to find out more of what they provide, see below:
Fabulous sofas, sofa beds, bed heads and more. A truly British company with classic, impeccable quality demonstrated throughout the brand. They have a showroom in London and a comprehensive website. For us, their considered application of storage design ideas, fabulous fabrics and attention to detail and service is second to none. All this, and competitively priced - we can't ask for more than that!
UK manufacturing of the highest quality is the mark of this window coverings and soft furnishings company. They orginally specialised in marine with beautifully crafted bespoke blinds, but have been so successful they now produce tailored solutions for luxury homes, commercial properties and recreational vehicles. Cleverly engineered in almost any colour or fabric, everything they manufacture is done on their premises in Sussex.
Hard wearing, rain, frost and UV resistant decking that is maintenance free. Add to this the the use of recycled and recyclable materials into a product that is adaptable and easy to fit - for us, this is the only choice. UPM is an award winning global company; forward thinking in sustainability with a strong pedigree for quality, design and engineering.
Renewable energy has huge potential to become the dominant source of energy in the economy, however the inherent intermittency of most renewable sources represents a huge weakness. It is universally accepted that energy storage is the key to overcoming this. Sunamp designs, produces and sells non-toxic, compact and highly efficient heat batteries that can be used to store heat for a number of applications including many renewable and low carbon technologies. This supplies all the hot water needs for the Chichester.
Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery is the sustainable and eco friendly method of heating and cooling homes. Low carbon, energy saving and clean, these systems negate the need for trickle ventilation whilst noise pollution and heat loss is greatly reduced. Not only this but the changing of air through a heat exchanger removes pollution without draughts.
Built Environment Technoolgy offer a specialist installation service, from detailed specifications and drawings through to supply and site support. Not only this, but they offer ongoing service and maintenance after installation.
Vent-Axia have been at the forefront of ventilation for 75 years, and are a British manufacturer of high repute. Of course they fit the Floating Homes ethos!