Put your money in land, because they’re not making any more of it is perhaps one of Will Rogers' most often (paraphrased) quotes, and one that remains pretty true.
But Will Rogers didn't know Wayne Adams and Catherine King, the couple that made their own private, floating island that they call Freedom Cove.
In 1992, Adams, a woodworking artist, decided that since he couldn’t afford land he’d create a tree house on the water using a fallen tree.
Off the Grid on a Homemade IslandThis couple is the Swiss Family Robinson of Canada.2:32
Since then he and his partner have expanded their floating abode to 12 platforms, on which there are five greenhouses, a lighthouse, an art gallery, a studio, a house and even a large open-air dance floor.
Painted in a pink and aqua Victorian style, Wayne built the entire structure without the aid of power saws. He knows every nail and board because he sawed and pounded each one.
Set in a secluded cove on Vancouver Island, the oasis was once powered by 14 solar panels. Those eventually fizzled out, and now it’s run by a generator. The couple grow and catch their own food, so they've essentially created their onw little eco-system out of Freedom Cove.
As for money, Wayne keeps the couple afloat by selling sculptures.