Most of us at some point in our lives have decided we’ve had enough of the rat-race…
The commute to work, the high rise buildings and the crazy traffic. But, have any of you thought about getting away from it all, starting a fresh and going completely ‘off grid’? Check out this self sufficient couple who did exactly that and enjoy their simply enchanting results.
When Wayne and his partner Catherine decided to go off-grid, they decided to do it in style. After more than twenty years of hard work, you will not believe the amazing structure that they managed to built in this remote corner of Canada. It’s absolutely mind-blowing.
A Daring Move
Back in 1992 Wayne Adams and Catherine King had had more than enough of life in the big city and decided to make a daring move. They wanted to leave the hectic urban streets far behind and instead, head deep into the beautiful terrain of the Canadian wilderness.
The Canadian pair, now 68 and 60 respectively, decided they would build their new life near a place called Tofino, British Columbia. The town, on the west coast of Vancouver Island is pretty remote, with less than 2,000 residents, but what this intrepid couple had in mind was even more extreme.
A Multi-Colored Residence
Right outside of the town in a small quiet inlet, Adams and King set to work and began to construct a formidable, off-grid floating structure. Now, more than 20 years since they began this epic construction project, their floating home is an incredible, multi-colored palace
Freedom Cove, as they aptly named it, is made up of 12 separate platforms all joined together by walkways. On board this floating garden of Eden, the couple are able to live a completely self-sufficient lifestyle. And, needless to say, it’s pretty idyllic.
Off The Land
During the summer months, the family source their water from a waterfall close to their home, while in winter months they rely on rainwater only. Meanwhile, they have covered their electricity needs by installing solar panels, although their generators have come in handy too.
The couple are also self-sufficient in terms of sustenance too! They have over half an acre of land and five well sized greenhouses available to them, they are able to grow themselves plenty of tasty fruits and vegetables.
Some Cool Features
With all the space the couple have and the means and ability to build whatever they want, they’ve added some pretty cool features. Alongside the living quarters and garden structures, the couple have built a beautiful art gallery, as well as a lighthouse and even a dance floor!
More Than Qualified
The couple are more than qualified to deal with such an epic construction project. Adams is a professional wood carver who built all the timber structures. He also makes a living through the sale of his stunning artwork. Many of his stunning creations can be seen dotted all across the site.
A True Testimony
Meanwhile, his partner King, a retired ballerina, is responsible for Freedom Cove’s huge, and incredibly illustrious vegetable garden. As well as her being a wonderful green-fingered gardener, she also has a passion for painting, writing and music. The couple’s magnificent home is a true testament to their creativity.
Picking Up Skills
With so much wood, and inspiration scattered about, it wasn’t long before King picked up some of her partners wonderful carving skills. After acting as his apprentice, she eventually became so good at it that she has developed a unique style of her own, and her pieces are now selling just as well as Adams’.
“Living in the wilderness is constant inspiration,” King said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “It’s so incredible to wake up every morning and see all of this. Imagine living a life like this, cut off from all the stresses and worries of modern-day living”.
With the pair living so far away from any major cities, they are able to get up close and personal with some of Canada’s charming wildlife. They have deer, otters, sea birds and even wolves all right on their doorstep.
There are some animals though, that the family would prefer not bumping into! Living on the water, they have to contend with huge rats, some weighing up to around 30 pounds. They have even been known to chew away at the foundations of their unusual home.
Living in the wild is a total nightmare for livestock. The couple decided they would have a go at rearing chickens on their floating complex, but they soon had to give up when they realized how many other animals out there would happily eat them. Yuk! Still, they are more than happy with their diet based on fresh fruit and vegetables.
A Different Lifestyle
“We have both done so many things in our lives and we’ve had hard times, so we were well prepared for how different the lifestyle would be out here,” Adams told The Huffington Post. “It fits us.”
A Tourist Attraction
Despite its very remote and rather inaccessible location, the house has become a bit of a tourist attraction. King and partner Adams are more than happy to welcome visitors to their home. There have even turned into tour operators who combine whale and bear watching trips with a visit to Freedom Cove.
When the internet got wind of what this family were doing in remote British Columbia, things went pretty crazy. The story was covered by news outlets and magazines all over the world. They became even busier!
A Wonderful Childhood
“This whole home is for the kids in our family to come and see what you can’t learn in school anymore,” said Adams. “When I was young, this is what you learned in school – skills to share” Well this couples’ children must, then, have had the kind of childhood that most of us can only ever dream about.
One of the most amazing things about this inspiring project is that it still isn’t finished. Every year Adams and King will continue to add extras on to their dream home. Maybe we should check back in another 20 years to find out what it will be like then!
[Featured image credit: Catherine King @ Facebook]