This Grand Designs 'floating' house was built to survive flood waters

The floating house has the first floor hovering above the ground whilst sitting on a lower structure which is covered by a garden wall
This self built, flood-proof, "floating" house has its first floor hovering 4.5 metres off the ground (Image credit: Fine and Country)

A house that appears to float 15-foot above ground level to combat flood water has gone on sale for £1.95 million in Essex.

The unusual self build featured on Grand Designs with Kevin McCloud last year and was built beside the Blackwater River Estuary, between Maldon and West Mersea in Essex — a well-known flood plain.

Joseph Mullane
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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.