Story at a glance

  • A Canadian couple bought their 100-year-old dream home.
  • The couple needed to transport it from the land of the previous owners to their land about a kilometer away.
  • The couple decided to float the house to the new land like people did in the 1960s.

A Canadian couple turned to the past when looking for a way to transport their dream home to a better location: floating.

Daniele Penney fell in love with her dream home in the form of a 100-year-old house in McIvers in Newfoundland, Canada, when she was a young girl. Eventually, years down the line, her partner, Kirk Lovell, came to love it, too.

“It’s just something about the house,” Penney told SaltWire.

After hearing the current owners were going to tear it down to build a new house on the land, the couple reached out to ask if they could buy the house and take it off the land to move it somewhere else.


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The owners agreed, but moving the house by truck wasn’t feasible due to the power lines in the surrounding community. So the couple garnered inspiration from Newfoundland’s resettlement era in the 1960s and decided to try to float the house to its new location.

“I wanted to see if it could float. They did it back in the ’60s and they never had much to work with. Today with modernized technology and equipment I figured why not,” Lovell said.

The couple was able to float the house a kilometer away to Lower Cove by placing it on 28 plastic barrels with Styrofoam insulation and the use of three dories to propel it over the water.

The house has been placed on the couple’s land and, following the installation of a basement and a few repairs, Penney, Lovell, and their 6-month-old daughter hope to move into their dream home by Christmastime.

“It’s something I’m sure I’ll never experience again,” Lovell said.


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Published on Oct 19, 2021