Build your Dream
Are you dreaming of owning a residential floating home or floating holiday home? Or maybe considering a floating restaurant or office? We are optimistic that we can create a new sector of the property market that can unlock the potential of Ireland’s waterways.
Why Choose Us?
With 30 years’ experience of Boat-Charter and Berthing, Construction of Homes, Offices, Shop Units and Construction of Inland Floating Marina’s, we are very well versed in the science of floatation and construction/fabrication.
We deliver a professional package of design options, full consultation in every minute aspect of construction and fabrication. We also offer after sales advice so as you get the maximum enjoyment from our product and your purchase.
What's the difference between a floating home and a houseboat?
Floating House: A home built on floats is anchored to a semi-permanent location on the water. It is designed primarily as a home. Some Floating Houses are not motorized, because they are usually moored, kept stationary at a fixed point and often tethered to land to provide utilities.
Houseboat: A live-aboard vessel that has its own motor and is free to travel the waterways, not having to be moored in a permanent location.
If you moor your vessel i.e. Floating House or House Boat in an Authorised Marina inland or coastal there is no issue.
To moor your vessel on the rivers and Canals of Ireland you are required to submit an application for every type of floating home, houseboat, barge or boat.
Ark Floating Homes use building materials that conforms to CE Certification and the highest Maritime Standards. Quality assurance can be guaranteed to meet the set requirements for developing or manufacturing reliable products. Typical float material would be solid styrofoam encased in rubber, foam filled steel pontoons, concrete pontoons, concrete and foam, wood and foam, polyethylene shell with solid core polystyrene block moulded inside, fiberglass and envirofloat.
We incorporate the same set of design standards for building on water as on land. This minimises any compromise and allows full height doors, flushing toilets, mains electricity, running water, full height ceilings and we endeavour to build a home, which should readily compare with what you would expect from a modern day house on land.
There is a fundamental difference between whether the home is built on land or built in water. Firstly, you must calculate how much buoyancy is required and secondly, building in the water is much more challenging; you can’t use a plumb bob or level because it’s moving all the time.
How do we do it?
It’s a real challenge to build a house when you can’t use any of the tools we typically use for building on land. Our floating homes are constructed in a factory, craned into the water and then towed to their mooring or loaded on trucks, assemble on site and launched.
We are happy to design and build your floating home as well as offer you a mooring or advise you where you may find a mooring. When we have all the information about the design of the floating home and the mooring location, we decide the best method to proceed with construction.
How much do they cost?
Depending on your location, offshore or inland, we will design your floating home and give you the follow up advice required. Depending on your standards, size and layout, our prices start at €2500 + VAT 13.5% per square metre.
Planning permission is not required if you moor your floating home in an authorised marina. However, you may need permission if it is on a river at the end of your garden or a proposed excavated pond. You will need permission from Waterways Ireland to moor your home on any of the Waterways, which comes under the authority of this body.
We can offer consultation and are happy to share our expertise in all aspects of floating structures.
As with all new vessels, both inland and coastal, we will provide a user manual at purchase and offer a 12 month back up advice and service on your floating home.