Off-grid floating cabin: home miniature dream retirement in the desert BC

The Margy and Wayne Lutz camps in coastal British Columbia, when they discovered their dream house: the Powell Lake passengers cabins. They are not houseboats, but "cabins float", that is, they are permanently anchored on the coast.

The Float cabins were first built on Lake Powell as cheap and portable homes for recorders and fishermen. Since then, the 200 cabin crew cabin owners have leased their water from the BC government for $ 500 a year.

Lutz bought their home for retirement in 2001 for $ 35,000 in Canada (about $ 25,000 at the time), what they thought was worth the risk if their experiment on offline living did not workout.

A few years later they left early at their Los Angeles school, agonizing to start living their dream and moved to their small (420 square feet, together with a sleeping bedroom of 200 square feet) floating in the house. At that time it did not have internal plumbing, so they sailed 4 stair flights up to the granite rock in an outhouse (since then they have installed a composting compartment in the enclosed premises).

Today, Lutzs live completely out of the net. There is no water heater (boiling on the wood stove as a luxury) and not plumbing. Manually draw water from the lake (for dishwashing, remove most food first and use only biodegradable soap and water returns to the lake).

There is no garbage collection. They almost compress everything. For their energy uses, Lutzs rely on solar, wind and thermoelectric energy. For heat, they are based on a wooden stove (mainly fired with wood) that has been installed with an experimental thermoelectric system that generates a charge on their batteries.

Their rich home does not make gardening easy, but Margy has found a way to provide much of the summer's production. In addition to a garden with potatoes on the slope, he created a floating vegetable garden.

More about the original story:

Lutz's blog:
"Coastal History of British Columbia" by Wayne Lutz :.