Floating Homes Inc. are claiming a win as the City of Chestermere moves forward with a new plan to allow for floating barges on Lake Chestermere. Mike J. P. Wilson from the city planning development office said that large scale barges are cutting edge and will make for a creative new product stream for developers.
“You should see these barges, some are two or three stories tall and they can be strapped together to create whole floating villages,” said Wilson. While the technology for basic houseboats is common in some ocean-side communities, the addition of 150–200 large house barges on lake Chestermere are welcomed news for developers in our city.
“This is brand-new territory for us. But we think residents will love the idea of parking in the Tim Horton’s parking lot, picking up a Timmies, and rowing out to their little slice of paradise,” said Jim Hansen, the CEO of Floating Homes Inc. “There is so much unused real estate out on the lake, I’m just amazed that no one has thought about doing this before.”