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Couple Spends 20 Years Building A Self-Sustaining, Floating Island To Live Off The Grid

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Wayne Adams and Catherine King began building Freedom Cove in 1992 - Couple Spends 20 Years Building A Self-Sustaining, Floating Island To Live Off The Grid

This floating fortress of sustainable living floating on the coast of Vancouver Island British Columbia goes to show just how wonderful a sustainable life off the grid can be. Wayne Adams, 66, and Catherine King, 59, built this floating home together in 1992, and have been growing and fishing for their own food ever since.

The home, which they’ve named “Freedom Cove,” consists of 12 floating platforms that include a dance floor, an art gallery, a guest lighthouse, a studio for Adams and King, and 5 greenhouses. The settlement has half an acre of land for growing edible crops. The couple gets water from a nearby waterfall during the summer and from rainwater during the winter. The settlement had been powered by an array of 14 solar panels, but recently switched to a generator after these broke down.

When they aren’t working on their sustainable lifestyle, they still manage to keep busy; during the summer, visitors come from nearby Tofino to experience the family’s sustainable lifestyle. Adams is also a carver, while King is a painter, dancer, writer and musician.

Wayne Adams and Catherine King began building Freedom Cove in 1992
Wayne Adams and Catherine King began building Freedom Cove in 1992 - Couple Spends 20 Years Building A Self-Sustaining, Floating Island To Live Off The Grid

The constantly evolving off-the-grid floating home includes an art gallery, a studio, a dance floor, and 5 greenhouses
The constantly evolving off-the-grid floating home includes an art gallery, a studio, a dance floor, and 5 greenhouses - Couple Spends 20 Years Building A Self-Sustaining, Floating Island To Live Off The Grid

The constantly evolving off-the-grid floating home includes an art gallery, a studio, a dance floor, and 5 greenhouses - Couple Spends 20 Years Building A Self-Sustaining, Floating Island To Live Off The Grid

They get food from half an acre of gardening space
They get food from half an acre of gardening space - Couple Spends 20 Years Building A Self-Sustaining, Floating Island To Live Off The Grid

Water comes from rainwater and a nearby waterfall
Water comes from rainwater and a nearby waterfall - Couple Spends 20 Years Building A Self-Sustaining, Floating Island To Live Off The Grid

They used solar panels to generate electricity, but they broke down recently
They used solar panels to generate electricity, but they broke down recently - Couple Spends 20 Years Building A Self-Sustaining, Floating Island To Live Off The Grid

It all began with a winter storm that blew down some trees
It all began with a winter storm that blew down some trees - Couple Spends 20 Years Building A Self-Sustaining, Floating Island To Live Off The Grid

King and Adams used the lumber to build the first part of their floating home
King and Adams used the lumber to build the first part of their floating home - Couple Spends 20 Years Building A Self-Sustaining, Floating Island To Live Off The Grid

It now has 12 floating platforms
It now has 12 floating platforms - Couple Spends 20 Years Building A Self-Sustaining, Floating Island To Live Off The Grid

It now has 12 floating platforms - Couple Spends 20 Years Building A Self-Sustaining, Floating Island To Live Off The Grid

Catherine Adams, 59, is a musician, dancer, writer and painter
Catherine Adams, 59, is a musician, dancer, writer and painter - Couple Spends 20 Years Building A Self-Sustaining, Floating Island To Live Off The Grid

Wayne Adams is a carver who supports the couple by selling his sculptures carved out of wood, fossilized ivory and mammoth tusk
Wayne Adams is a carver who supports the couple by selling his sculptures carved out of wood, fossilized ivory and mammoth tusk - Couple Spends 20 Years Building A Self-Sustaining, Floating Island To Live Off The Grid

Wayne Adams is a carver who supports the couple by selling his sculptures carved out of wood, fossilized ivory and mammoth tusk - Couple Spends 20 Years Building A Self-Sustaining, Floating Island To Live Off The Grid

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