In this opening episode, host MARK EVANS follows Mark and Holly from Chichester, UK as they design, build, launch and furnish a unique floating home in an area of outstanding natural beauty. They want to design a groundbreaking waterborne house in the middle of all the narrowboats and pleasure cruisers moored along the Chichester riverbank to live in. Eco-friendly, affordable and modular, they hope it will kick off a float home revolution in the area, based on their design. Mark and Holly are teaming up architect Robert Barker to design and build this permanent float home from eco-friendly pre-formed Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS), normally used for prefab buildings for the superstructure. This superstructure will be built in Newhaven, Sussex, while the concrete float that supports the superstructure will be manufactured in the Netherlands.
The design has unique features and a beautiful mezzanine leading to a rooftop deck-space for socialising. Holly wants the interior to be white, bright and modern. The couple is maximizing their social and living spaces by keeping their bathroom and bedroom small. But whatever final room sizes they choose – everything has to be small enough for the superstructure and floated to be driven to its moorings.
But transporting them to Chichester is no mean feat: will they get there in one piece and on time? If they do, the next challenge will be lifting the superstructure in place using a massive crane in a very tight spot. And when it comes to the crunch: will the two parts fit together?
It’s a nerve-wracking moment which will decide whether their dream floating home can become a reality.