DIY Island: Living Offshore & Off The Grid


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As pastoral as life at Freedom Cove looks and sounds, this is still a modern family who haven’t thrown out the baby with the bathwater in their attempt to live sustainably. A series of solar panels and photovoltaic generators installed over the years harvest sunlight for all their electrical needs, for example, and fresh water is sourced from the region’s plentiful rainfall and – during the odd dry stretch – a nearby waterfall flowing down a cliff onshore.

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Freedom Cove is more than just an environmental habitat, mind you. These images display a wealth of pleasing architectural design focused on artistic expression and just plain old fun! Amongst the whimsically painted turquoise and magenta infrastructure you’ll find a dance floor, an art gallery, a guest lighthouse, five greenhouses and a working/playing studio that comprises the family’s prime living space.

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Now we know what you’re thinking… why can’t MY home have a guest lighthouse on the grounds? Lots of reasons but don’t give up hope: each summer between June and September, the family welcomes tour groups to Freedom Cove so visitors from far and wide can enjoy this unique example of sustainable living up close and personal. Book early and often if you want to snag the guest lighthouse for your stay! (via ©