Foy and Louisa Brown had a plan to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life in the city and wanted to make a few bucks in the process. They originally had a plan to build a small cottage to rent out to guests that would be a picturesque backdrop in a beautiful serene setting in the bay of North Haven. It all started with a foundation that was built on land out of pontoons, styrofoam, and rubber liner. Once Foy had an adequate floating dock, he sent it to the bay and started building the most perfect summer home I could imagine. Yes, over the course of a solid decade they built a floating cottage that sits in the middle of the bay lined with giant pillars of pine trees. The house is constantly surrounded with friendly neighbors like eagles, herons, and nesting osprey. It was no easy task to build such an incredible floating cottage but it turned out so perfect that the couple decided to toss their plans to rent out the cottage and decided to make it their second seasonal home. Take a look at this incredible “lake house“.
It was a project that took a full decade of spare time to complete.
The home is 240 square feet and contains every amenity that two people would need.
Foy built the home himself with the help of his wife. He had a history of working in a family owned shipyard so he had the skills needed for such a cool project.
The base is made of styrofoam, pontoons, and plastic tubs. He built the base on shore and tugged it out into the bay to build the cottage. If any materials or tools were needed, he had to take a boat back to shore to resupply and head back out to the floating cottage.
He actually used locally found drift wood to make the railings along with other accent pieces around the cottage.
The cottage has a fridge, plumbing, a bathroom, an exterior shower, and solar and lantern lighting. A 55 gallon drum supplies the kitchen, shower, and bathroom.
They are surrounded by a cathedral of beautiful pine trees.
From the thaw in May until the cold spell in November, the Brown’s live here anchored in the bay.
They can feel small waves at night, almost like the cottage is rocking you to sleep.
Can you imagine this as your view? Not to mention the view changes as the house spins with the tide.
The cottage is anchored in the bay but you still feel the movement of the water and the changing tides.