Home concept is intended to "change the attitude towards living on a houseboat and promote a lifestyle that limits disruption of the environment." www.hutchyhomes.com
The substantial damage to the environment in traditional on-land construction happens immediately at the start of the project; plants must be removed from greenfields that, in turn, impacts the natural nesting habitat of wildlife. In urban sites the construction debris associated with demolition and remodel of an existing building typically adds to the global refuse problem. Houseboats, as opposed to traditional homes, have no foundations that permanently impact the land. They can be moved from one dock to another to allow the shaded land underneath them to recover. Houseboats can be disassembled and transported to another location in a different city. www.hutchyhomes.com
San-Francisco-based designer Joanna Borek-Clement's Tafoni Floating Home concept is intended to "change the attitude towards living on a houseboat and promote a lifestyle that limits disruption of the environment." Named for a type of naturally-occurring sandstone sculpture that exists in Northern California, the Tafoni is a compact but airy-feeling structure designed for minimal impact, unbeatable views and a largely wall-free interior construction.