Woman honors the memory of her partner by living in the 'floating home' they created with their own hands on the shore of Freedom Cove.
Going through life with the love of your life is one of the biggest blessings a person can ever have. Life becomes beautiful when you find someone who is completely in sync with you. That is what Catherine King and her husband, Wayne Adams, experienced all their life. They were two souls that were made just for each other. The artists were so compatible with each other that they were on the same page about almost everything, including a unique living situation, per Insider. Their floating home still stands after all the struggles the couple had to go through, even though, unfortunately, one of them is no longer here to enjoy it anymore.
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King and Adams created their own sanctuary in Canada. When it came to settling down, the couple narrowed it down to an inlet nestled off the coast of Tofino, British Colombia, known locally as Freedom Cove. King chose this place because, for her artistic soul, it screamed magic. "You can't hide from yourself here. You have to be truthful to yourself," she said. After some time, the couple decided to move a step further and establish a floating home on the shore. The idea was to live within nature "without interfering with it."
31 years ago Catherine King and Wayne Adams built a floating home by hand in Canada. Today, the Freedom Cove is made up of several buildings floating on styrofoam. pic.twitter.com/WZY1xPROZf— 1440 Daily Digest (@Join1440) October 11, 2023
Strong believers in destiny, when a storm blew through the coast, leaving behind discarded planks of wood, the couple knew that they had to turn this idea into reality. By February 1992, they had built their floating home and moved in with their stuff. The structure floated with the help of styrofoam and was tied together with the help of ropes. At first, the whole structure only had a house but as the couple's needs grew, they began to add more amenities.
In order to gather wood, Adams would take help from the local community. King reminisced, "He would get a pile and then look at the pile and say, 'Okay, so what can we create from that?'" King was a dancer, so one of the first things the couple built was a dance floor. They went on to add greenhouses, a chicken coop, a large kitchen, as well as a water-purification system. Till 2011, they also had a candle-making factory which burnt down when Adams left a stove on. Now, the structure has a gallery in its place.
Though the couple felt the comfort of nature, they were also subjected to its wrath. "We have winter storms every year which create destruction," King said. Each year without pause, storms destroyed some parts of the home, which the couple had to rebuild. Added to this, sometimes the woods just rotted away because of the excess moisture. King discussed the attitude with which the couple approached the problem, "We always just took that destruction as, 'Okay, so that broke down. So what can we build from those materials, and what do we need to build?'"
The maintenance of the home also became a costly affair. Solar panels with which the house runs, are expensive to replace time and again. They also have to pay yearly taxes. The decision to bring internet was also heavy on the pockets, as they lived in such a secluded area. King has never felt hindered by any of them but was shaken by the recent storm in her life. Adams unfortunately passed away in March after a long battle with cancer. "He stayed as vital as possible, as active as possible. Even right up until his last couple of weeks, he was still working on a major big carving, which I will finish for him," King said about his last days.
Talking about whether living in the home the couple built together has been difficult, King replied, "As I'm going through my grieving process, of course, there's been moments where everything has just felt too hard, too challenging, but ultimately it always comes back to, no. This is where I want to be."