Twenty-four years ago, artists Catherine King and Wayne Adams decided that instead of trying to make enough money to purchase real estate, they'd make their own. But instead of building a house on land, they opted to create one in the sea.
In a video for Great Big Story, the couple shares how they managed to build their own sustainable mobile island, which they call "Freedom Cove," all on their own.
"The only option we have to get here is by water. There are no road accesses. The water is our highway," Adams explained.
The entirety of Freedom Cove is floating and tied to shore. They can move it wherever they please. While the video was being filmed, the island home was floating off the coast of Vancouver Island in Canada. It sat a 45 minutes boat ride away from the nearest town and has 12 tethered sections that includes four green houses, living spaces, a kitchen, a workshop, a dance floor, gardens, an art gallery, and even a lighthouse.
"Everything is done with a handsaw and hammer. No power tools. I know every board and nail by name," he said. Adams estimates that Freedom Cove weighs close to 500 tons.
One thing not on the premises is a refrigerator or freezer. The couple eats the foods King grows in her garden and the fish Adams catches — sometimes out of a hatch situated in the middle of his living room.
"I can't imagine living any other way," King said. "I feel completely fulfilled."
Learn more about their story in the video below: