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Are Amphibious Homes the Solution to Flooding?

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For only $2.4 million each, homeowners can stop worrying about floods. Such a deal!

MASHABLE.COM reports:A UK architecture firm is constructing an "amphibious" home near the River Thames to better prevent damage from flooding.
architecture firm constructing amphibious home river thames prevent damage flooding

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  • Jeh 2012/12/06 03:15:49
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    Jeh
    +8
    Build your house on stilts like most cultures that regularly deal with flooding do. thai houses

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  • Claire Reynolds 2014/07/30 17:57:51
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  • urwutuis 2012/12/07 19:14:15
    Cool
    urwutuis
    I've thought about this several times and it seems like it could be a workable solution although it has it's drawbacks. Pretty soon we may not have a choice.
  • ronbo 2012/12/07 15:34:58
    Cool
    ronbo
    Just make sure it,s chained to a foundation so you don,t end up living in the next town over.
  • firelooker 2012/12/07 15:23:00
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    firelooker
    #1 don't build in a flood plain, #2 if you do build your home on stilts, #3 if you do build in a flood plain & don't build accordingly don't expect the gov't & tax payers to bail yor butt out.
  • Erinite 2012/12/07 03:02:08
    Cool
    Erinite
    About time someone decides to try this idea, if you ask me.
  • Michael 2012/12/07 02:48:32
    Cool
    Michael
    When the last great flood, called 100 year rain, happened near us in Santa Clarita, a few years ago, the area that was most flooded was where they had mobile homes. That was because the flood insurance didn't cover building homes on the edge of the river. There is a reason not to build in unsafe areas.
  • firelooker Michael 2012/12/07 15:24:47
    firelooker
    Exactly & the county, state shouldn't have allowed building there.
  • postmamy 2012/12/07 01:14:35
    Cool
    postmamy
    more fast and quick solution to all what ever~~~~
  • El Prez 2012/12/06 23:16:41
    Cool
    El Prez
    Maybe not as crazy as it seems. First two floors submersable and living space with all "soft" material on the third.
  • Rave 2012/12/06 20:58:08
    Cool
    Rave
    I don't know, it's interesting and better than living on a boat I guess. But there are other ways of dealing with this too. I'd say relocation but UK is a rather small island with a very large and growing population.
  • Tom Trojan 2012/12/06 18:16:38
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    Tom Trojan
    Do not build in flood plains and then expect to be bailed out when the rains come.....
  • firelooker Tom Trojan 2012/12/07 15:25:28
    firelooker
    Exactly.
  • Waiting in the Wings 2012/12/06 14:57:51
    Lame
    Waiting in the Wings
    If you live in an ateas where flooding is that prevalent shouldn't the houses in that area already have ways to help with that that don't break the bank? Or at the very least M O V E. lame live ateas flooding prevalent houses ways break bank
  • Fallout 2012/12/06 14:26:16
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    Fallout
    It's seems like you could anchor off a house boat on dry land for a lot less.
    house boat
  • FordCrews 2012/12/06 14:05:26
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    FordCrews
    No, get them off the coasts, people may love to live on the water, but tax payers either directly through government kickbacks, or back door through higher insurance rates shouldn't pay to constantly rebuild homes on/near the water.
  • Debra Smith 2012/12/06 13:57:37
  • Sailor ... Debra S... 2012/12/07 04:37:12
    Sailor Jerry [Proud Libertarian]
    +1
    or you can build your house on stilts and live in style.
    screw the environment!
  • Debra S... Sailor ... 2012/12/07 10:18:31
  • glen 2012/12/06 13:16:21
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    glen
    Why are you living in a flood plane to begin with ?
  • Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA 2012/12/06 12:56:12
    Cool
    Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA
    Wind blows hard, earth quakes and shifts, fires burn hot, snow buries, melts and slides. I don't really don't think there's anywhere you can hide from Mother Nature if she wants to find you.

    Living on a barge may take some adaptation, but it's nothing new. I know a guy that routinely vacations on a lake in northern Minnesota. His family has had a cabin and several islands in their family for several generations, but building code restrictions are just this side of ridiculous. Property owners are allowed ramps for winter storage of boats on their islands, so we found an older steel hulled, 50' cabin cruiser and gutted the thing of engines and now it sits among the rocks and pines as a stationary living quarters, ready to float at a moment's notice. The two engines, Ford 427 dry sumps, paid for the whole project and left us a tidy sum in beer money to boot.

    Lots of folks live in homebuilt house boats on lakes in the south and in marinas all over the U.S. If the need is there, adapt. $2,400,000 seems a little steep to me for living in a barge that bumps up against your Dutch neighbor.
  • rbeas 2012/12/06 12:50:13
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    rbeas
    +1
    During a hurricane they would have to ship it back from Ohio.
  • Robbb 2012/12/06 10:08:14
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    Robbb
    +1
    It is agood idea but there is nothing new about it the Dutch have been dealing with ut fo years now and have floating comunitys. Check out the following website. http://dornob.com/75-prefab-f...
  • Red 2012/12/06 08:22:35
    Lame
    Red
    +1
    Good Idea but this isn't the solution..
  • scottcleaves 2012/12/06 07:50:52
    Lame
    scottcleaves
    +1
    No, not living in the frigging flood plain is the solution to flooding. They've known that for centuries and it still persists. Um, why?
  • Marie-J... scottcl... 2012/12/06 21:25:26
    Marie-Jacqueline
    So, that I have a question for you!

    Where should we Dutch go then?
    We are more than 16.000.000 on a small peace of land.

    We don't have the luxery of a lot of open space to go too like you have!
  • Kitty 2012/12/06 07:38:05
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    Kitty
    +1
    Lot of money to pay just to find out that it didn't work so great. The water can only rise 8ft before the house becomes free floating. It floats off it's base, what does it cost to get it repositioned again after the water goes down and all the house plumbing has broken. In flood zone areas it's best to build like they do in Venice.
  • hatter 2012/12/06 07:23:58
    Cool
    hatter
    +1
    I see the concept and I bet I can build it for less.
  • Resp 2012/12/06 06:49:44
    Lame
    Resp
    +1
    What about tidal waves?
  • MlssCue =Go Blue= 2012/12/06 06:23:03
    Lame
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    +1
    Not exactly lame, but I wouldn't live in one.
  • Jake Blanton 2012/12/06 05:16:10
    Lame
    Jake Blanton
    +2
    Overpriced solution to a problem...

    I remember a few years back where this guy owned farmland inside the levees of the Mississippi River up north a bit -- around Missouri or so... He chose to build basically a house that was on a river barge and the barge had a large pylon on each corner where it could slip up and down when the water rose during floods. I suspect that was a lot cheaper than this solution.
  • Jezebel 2012/12/06 05:10:07
    Cool
    Jezebel
    +3
    This is actually a REALLY neat and innovative idea!
  • Marie-J... Jezebel 2012/12/06 21:33:27
    Marie-Jacqueline
    Nothing new!

    Look at this:

  • Sedated Whispers 2012/12/06 04:33:25
    Cool
    Sedated Whispers
    Coool stuffff.
  • Kozman 2012/12/06 04:24:32
    Cool
    Kozman
    +1
    Awesome idea. And 1 of the other dudes had another cool idea. Razed on some type
    of structure. Like you see in Asia.
  • calvin236 2012/12/06 04:00:53
    Cool
    calvin236
    +1
    It would save on recovery costs and damage.
  • Jeh 2012/12/06 03:15:49
    Lame
    Jeh
    +8
    Build your house on stilts like most cultures that regularly deal with flooding do. thai houses
  • Purple ... Jeh 2012/12/06 12:14:23
    Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    This is called common sense.

    What we have here in America is called FEMA. It is not of the common sense variety.
  • terrance 2012/12/06 03:13:58
    Lame
    terrance
    +1
    I want my house to not play bumber cars with other houses in a flood
  • Raymond59 2012/12/06 03:02:39 (edited)
    Cool
    Raymond59
    +2
    Such houses are available in the United States for far less.

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