FOR US, THE FLOATING BUNGALOW CHANGED EVERYTHING…
In our early '50s, the two of us found ourselves in central New Hampshire in a 5,400 square-foot house. For decades we had been part of the rat race: bigger and bigger houses, more and more bills, raising kids, sending them to college. However, after closing the doors of a non-profit I had run for 20 years, we began to take stock of where we were and where we wanted to be. Our kids were moving onto their adult lives. We were ready to move on to a simpler life that did not have all the trappings of home and property upkeep. We wanted to simplify life.
It turns out we were not alone. At this time, the small house movement had just begun to take shape. All over the world people were realizing they did not want to work to support a huge home they did not have time to enjoy. These people wanted a sustainable lifestyle leading into retirement years and found that small houses were a perfect way to get it. Compared to traditional houses, small houses cost a fraction to maintain and offer lower taxes, lower insurance, and lower bills. All of this was consistent with our search for a simplified life.
We had our own vision though; we didn't just want to go smaller. We knew we wanted to spend time on the water and live in a warmer climate. We wanted to be part of a community with concerts, restaurants, and good friends. And perhaps most daring, we refused to compromise on style, luxury, and beauty. After some time, and lots of thought, it became clear what we were looking for - the ability to live on the water; a small home with virtually no upkeep, and an affordable joyful lifestyle that could be sustained by working part time. Through this clarity, Floating Bungalows was born.