Self-sufficient couple builds their own floating off-grid island
Since 1992, husband and wife Wayne Adams and Catherine King have lived completely off-the-grid in a floating home made of 12 platforms in Cypress Bay, British Columbia. The Canadian couple and their two kids are completely self-sustaining, eating whatever King grows in her garden as well as the seafood that Adams catches fresh from the ocean. With electricity powered by solar panels and photovoltaic generators, and water from rainfall and the nearby waterfall, the family has created an utterly unique, green lifestyle.
In addition to being environmentally friendly, their home—called Freedom Cove is an incredible work of architecture, design, and pure fun. Painted turquoise and magenta, the floating abode includes a dance floor, an art gallery, a guest lighthouse, five greenhouses, and a studio where the family lives. During their free time, Adams, 66, carves and sells sculptures, while King, 59, focuses on painting, dancing, music, and writing.
From June to September, the family also welcomes tour groups to their home so that visitors can experience first-hand the beauty and creative energy of sustainable living.